Gold Coast MP David Crisafulli has been elected unopposed to be the Liberal National Party’s new leader, with Toowoomba South MP David Janetzki to serve as his deputy.
The party room voted for the duo during a meeting at Parliament House today.
Former Opposition leader Deb Frecklington announced her intention to step aside following the party’s election loss on October 31.
Mr Crisafulli, a father of two, began his political career in north Queensland, well before he moved to the state’s south east.
He is a former journalist who grew up in Ingham and worked both there and in Townsville until he became the youngest person elected to Townsville City Council.
He moved into State Parliament as part of Campbell Newman’s landslide victory in 2012, then went on to serve as local government and community recovery minister.
Mr Crisafulli moved to the Gold Coast when he lost his seat in the LNP’s drubbing in 2015.
Ahead of the 2017 election, he trumped former MP Verity Barton for preselection in the seat of Broadwater, and won his second term in the seat in the October 31 poll, picking up a substantial first preference swing.