Kate grew up in the South Australian town of Mannum on the Murray River, where her mother taught at the primary school and her father ran a local small business. The family then moved to Adelaide where Kate attended high school and university in the inner southern suburbs.
Her family instilled in her a strong belief in the power of education and the importance of the fair go and it was these values that inspired Kate to join the Labor Party.
"Through my mother's passion for education, my father's belief in sticking up for others and later through his reliance on a quality public health system, I learnt the valuable lessons that inspire me to always work to improve the services and opportunities available for our community."
Prior to entering Parliament in 2004 as the youngest woman ever elected to the House of Representatives, Kate juggled several jobs to support herself through high school and university and later worked as a research officer for the South Australian Government.
In 2010, Kate became the Minister for Employment Participation and Early Childhood and she's worked hard to deliver many key Labor reforms, in particular the increased funding to improve childcare affordability for Australian families.
Kate is currently the Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development and the Shadow Minister for TAFE and Vocational Education.
Kate's number one priority is being a strong representative for the residents of Adelaide.
She is active in the community and hosts regular street corner meetings, mobile offices and community events to ensure that she keeps in close contact and takes up the issues of the residents she represents.
Kate is an avid Adelaide Crows, Thunderbirds and Glenelg Tigers fan.