Sophie Cotsis MLC

New South Wales Shadow Minister for Ageing, Shadow Minister for Disability Services, and Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism

Sophie Cotsis was elected to the Legislative Council in 2010.

Prior to entering Parliament, Sophie held a number of positions in the private and public sectors including working for an infrastructure company, as an advisor to the NSW Treasurer, with the Liquor and Hospitality Division of the LHMU (now United Voice) and as a shiftworker at Sydney Airport.

Sophie graduated from Macquarie University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts, and in 2001 she graduated from the University of Technology Sydney with a Master of Legal Studies.

Sophie served as a member of the Macquarie University Student Council in 1994, and she helped to establish the Macquarie University Hellenic Studies Foundation, which raised funds to establish a permanent program for students who want to study Hellenic history, literature, culture and language.

Sophie has been a member of the Australian Labor Party since 1993. She has previously held numerous positions within the Labor Party including serving as President of the Watson Federal Electorate Council and serving as a member of the ALP Economics and Finance Committee, the ALP Review Tribunal and the ALP Women’s Forum.

Sophie was born in Canterbury and she grew up in Sydney’s St George district. She attended Canterbury South Public School, Kingsgrove Public School and Kingsgrove High School. She continues to live in the St George district with her husband and their two children.

Since being elected to Parliament Sophie has served as Shadow Minister for Citizenship, Industrial Relations, Local Government, Housing and Mental Health. As Shadow Minister for Housing she helped to initiate an inquiry into Social, Public and Affordable Housing.

Sophie is an active member of the St George community. She is a Friend of St George Hospital Lamrock Committee which helps to raise funds for St George Hospital. She is also an associate member of the St George Leagues Club, a member of Souths Juniors and a member Kingsgrove RSL. Sophie is a member of Liquor and Hospitality Division of United Voice, a member of the United Services Union and a voluntary member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sophie’s interests include history, reading, swimming, soccer and rugby league.