Jamie grew up in the River Murray town of Mildura with his mum, dad and sister, Kate. His dad was the local bank manager and his mum volunteered at the Catholic primary school.
Like most country boys, Jamie was drawn to sport; playing cricket, football and golf whenever the opportunity arose. He went to school at St. Joseph’s college in Mildura where he excelled in cricket before moving to Adelaide to pursue dreams of playing for Australia. Jamie’s parents recount that he had an interest in public affairs from an early age, which developed into a particular interest in politics in his early twenties.
After school, Jamie studied a Bachelor of Management at the University of South Australia. He has since undertaken post graduate studies in international relations.
At the age of 22, Jamie worked for Business SA; assisting South Australian businesses in managing their workplaces. It was at this time that Jamie joined the Liberal Party (SA Division).
In 2001, he was employed by the State Treasurer, the Hon Rob Lucas MP. In 2003, Jamie moved to Canberra to work for a senior Minister. Following the 2004 election, he was moved to Prime Minister Howard’s office as an adviser. In early 2006, Jamie was appointed to a senior adviser’s role in the Prime Minister’s office; one of the youngest ever to hold that title.
In 2008, Jamie won a by-election held to replace the retiring Alexander Downer in the federal seat of Mayo. In September of that year, Jamie became the 1061st person to be elected to the Federal Parliament.
In 2010, Jamie was appointed the Chairman of the Coalition's Scrutiny of Government Waste Committee; working with Tony Abbott to identify Labor's waste and mis-management of taxpayers' money. Soon after he was appointed to the Coalition's Expenditure Review Committee which is tasked with reviewing government expenditure and identify savings measures in order to pay down Labor's debt and return the budget to surplus.
In September 2012, Jamie was appointed to the Coalition’s front bench as the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Supporting Families. In this role, Jamie assists Tony Abbott and the team to develop policies that support the aspirations of Australian families.
Following the 2013 election, Jamie was appointed as the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.
At a community level, Jamie is a member of the South Australian Cricket Association, the Carlton Football Club, an Honorary Member of the Strathalbyn Racing Club, Mount Barker Golf Club, Sturt Football Club, Macclesfield RSL, Hahndorf and District Lions Club, Mount Barker and Districts Residents Association, Yankalilla Cricket Club, McLaren Vale War Memorial Hospital, Hills Disability Housing, Victor Harbor Farmers Market, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market and the Mount Lofty Districts Historical Society.
He is also pleased to be the patron of the Adelaide Hills Football League, Callington Agricultural and Horticulture Society, Parndana Show Committee, Mount Barker Agricultural Society and the Mount Pleasant Show Society.
Jamie lives in Aldgate with his wife, Estée, and their three children Elka, Henry and Scarlett. Recreationally, he enjoys playing and watching sports, running and reading.