Penny Sharpe was first elected to the NSW Legislative Council in October 2005. Penny is currently Labor's Shadow Minister for Planning, Environment and Heritage.
In the previous Parliament Penny was Labor's Shadow Minister for Transport.
In the previous Labor Government, Penny was a Parliamentary Secretary across a number of portfolios including Transport, Roads, Mining and Energy.
Prior to entering Parliament Penny was a policy advisor in the areas of Vocational Education & Training, Community Services, Homelessness, Drug & Alcohol, Juvenile Justice and Young People. She worked for several years developing partnerships across NSW between schools, businesses and communities to provide workplace learning for young people.
Penny's policy interests include public transport, the environment, education, women, LGBTI reform and e democracy.
Penny has previously been a foster carer for young women. She has three children.
First speech, 16 November 2005:
The Parliament of New South Wales acknowledges and respects the traditional lands of all Aboriginal people, and pays respects to all Elders past and present. We acknowledge the Gadigal people as the traditional custodians of the land on which the Parliament of New South Wales stands.