Amy Adams was educated at Rangitoto College in Auckland, moved to Canterbury in 1988 and has been a proud Cantabrian ever since.
Amy studied law at Canterbury University, graduating with first class honours in 1992. Before entering politics, she was a partner with Mortlock McCormack Law in Christchurch, specialising in commercial and property law.
Amy is a previous member of the CDLS Property Law committee, the NZ Law Society’s Women’s Consultative Group and the Institute of Directors. Prior to becoming the MP for Selwyn, she was also the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of her local school.
Having been elected to Parliament in 2008, Amy served in her first term as Chairperson of both the Finance and Expenditure and Electoral Legislation select committees. She was also a member of the Justice and Electoral and Regulations Review Committees.
Following her re-election in 2011, Amy joined Cabinet as the Minister of Internal Affairs, Minister for Communications and Information Technology and Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery. In April 2012, Amy took over from Nick Smith as the Minister for the Environment and relinquished the Internal Affairs portfolio.
Amy regained the seat of Selwyn in September 2014, receiving the largest majority in the country and joined National’s front bench as the new Minister of Justice, Minister for Courts, Minister of Broadcasting and Minister for Communications. Following the portfolio reshuffle in December 2016, Amy retained the Justice and Courts portfolios and was also made Minister of Social Housing, Minister Responsible for Social Investment, Associate Finance Minister and Minister Responsible for Housing New Zealand.
Amy is married to Don, a sheep and crop farmer from Aylesbury and they have two children. She is a keen follower of, and occasional participant in, sport, including having been a member of the Parliamentary netball team.