Grant Chapman, first elected to the Senate in 1987, is currently the only old scholar serving in the upper house. Before this he had been a member of the House of Representatives, holding the seat of Kingston (from 1975 to 1983). Kingston is now held by the Labour Party’s David Cox, who attended PAC from 1960 to 1971.
Before entering parliament, Senator Chapman worked for the Shell Company, and as a management consultant during his break from politics. He was also involved with the family property in the mid north of South Australia.
A keen sportsman, Grant Chapman played district cricket for Kensington for many years, and is Vice President of the Glenelg Cricket Club. He has served on the advisory board of the Australian Broadcasting Authority, the RAAF Reserve, South Australia Farmers Federation, the Living Hope Counselling Service, and St Matthews Church.