Brendon John Grylls (born 5 June 1973) is an Australian politician and is currently the Member for Pilbara in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly, as well as the Leader of the National Party of Western Australia. Grylls has been the Minister for Regional Development and Minister for Lands in the Barnett Ministry since 23 September 2008.
Grylls was born in Perth, Western Australia, and educated at Wesley College, Perth.
His political career began in November 2001 when he contested and won a state by-election following the retirement of former Nationals leader Hendy Cowan to become the member for Merredin. Following a redistribution in 2008, Merredin was largely incorporated into the new Central Wheatbelt Electoral district.
Grylls was the Shadow Minister for Environment and the Wheatbelt in the Liberal-National Coalition prior to the 2005 election. In June 2005 Grylls challenged then Leader Max Trenorden to become the new leader of the Parliamentary National Party of Australia (WA).
Announcing that he would vacate the Electoral district of Central Wheatbelt for the 2013 state election. 2013 election, Grylls instead ran for the Electoral district of Pilbara against Kelly Howlett who had replaced the retired sitting member Tom Stephens. Grylls easily won with seat with 61.5% of the two party preferred vote.
September 17, 2010