Catherine King was first elected to Federal parliament in 2001 to represent the electorate of Ballarat.
She was re-elected as a member at subsequent Federal Elections in 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016. Ms King was appointed Parliamentary Secretary in the portfolios of Health and Ageing and Infrastructure and Transport in the Gillard Government following the 2010 election. In 2013, Ms King was elevated to the roles of Minister for Regional Services, local Communities and Territories and Minister for Road Safety in the Gillard Government, and was promoted to Cabinet as Minister for Regional Australia, Local Government and Territories in the Rudd Government. Ms King was also appointed to the role of Shadow Minister for Health in the Shadow Cabinet led by the Hon. Bill Shorten in that year. She was reappointed as the Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare after the 2016 election. Ms King holds a Degree in Social Work and a Masters in Public Policy from the Australian National University and has most recently graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Deakin University.