David Ridgway grew up in the small South-East community of Wolseley and as a young adult, took over the family farm which had diversified into growing bulbs for the cut flower industry, becoming the biggest gladioli supplier in the Southern Hemisphere.

As he learnt about growing and running a successful business, politics was also on his mind. He joined the Liberal Party and was elected to the State’s Upper House - the Legislative Council - in 2002. He is now Opposition Leader in the Legislative Council.

David is fortunate to hold shadow portfolios which he is genuinely interested in and passionate about – Agriculture, Primary Industries and Tourism. David has also relished experience in other portfolios such as Environment, River Murray, Transport, Infrastructure and Small Business.

Outside Parliament, David enjoys exploring the State, meeting and listening to locals anywhere from the South-East to the Boarfield and Oodnadatta Tracks. His electorate covers the entire State and he is excited to meet with anyone who has a story to tell about life in South Australia.

David and his wife Meredith have three children - Ashleigh, Tara and Louis – and live in Adelaide.