Adem Somyurek is the Member for the South Eastern Metropolitan Region in the Legislative Council of Victoria.
Adem was born in Izmir, Turkey, in 1967, migrating to Australia with his parents at just eighteen month. Since arriving in Australia, Adem has lived in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
In 2002, Adem was elected as the Australian Labor Party member for Eumemmerring Province in the Legislative Council of Victoria, and served on the Outer Suburban and Interface Committee and the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee.
In 2006, Eumemmerring Province was abolished and replaced with South Eastern Metropolitan Region. Adem was elected as the new ALP member for the Region and was appointed as the first chair of the newly constituted Electoral Matters Committee.
Appointed as the Shadow Minister for Manufacturing, Technology, and Electoral Reform after the 2010 election, he added Services and Government Procurement to his portfolios in February 2013.
After Labor’s historic election victory in 2014, Adem was sworn in as the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade.
Adem is married with two children. He holds a Master of Arts in Policy and Politics, a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Sociology and an Associate Diploma in Business Studies (Accounting).
Adem’s interests include relaxing with family and friends, travelling, reading, AFL and soccer (English Premier League and various European Leagues).