David Crisafulli's rise from journo to MP

Darren Cartwright

From chief-of-staff at a country TV station to deputy mayor of Townsville for four years, David Crisafulli is now considered a future leader of the LNP having started life in country Queensland.

* Born April, 1979, he was raised in the North Queensland town of Ingham and graduated from James Cook University in Townsville with a journalism degree

* He got his break in the media as a cadet journalist with Herbert River Express before moving into TV as a reporter with WIN News, becoming one of their youngest ever chiefs-of-staff

* Appointed to media advisor for Liberal Senator Ian Macdonald in 2003

* In 2004 voted on to the Townsville council

* Served eight years, four as deputy mayor, before crossing to state politics, winning the Labor-held seat of Mundingburra in 2012 and becoming minister for local government

* He lost his seat in 2015 and then moved to the Gold Coast to allow his wife Tegan to expand her millinery business

* Pre-selected for Broadwater in 2017 ahead of Verity Barton who held the seat since 2012

* Returned to office for his second term in 2017, he became shadow minister for tourism and has used his media skills during the COVID-19 pandemic to attack Labor over its handling of the crisis

* In June, Crisafulli was tied to a move by the "backroom" boys of the party to elevate him to the top through a series of media leaks undermining leader Deb Frecklington