Dean has been a member of the Liberal Party in WA for over 25 years.
Dean joined the Liberal Party on Orientation Day at The University of Western Australia in February 1987.
Dean's Liberal history
Joins the University Liberal Club at Orientation Day at UWA Joins the Perth Branch of the Young Liberal Movement in WA.
Elected President of the Perth Young Liberals.
Awarded 'Best Young Liberal Branch President'. Awarded 'Keith Livingston Award' at the National Convention of the Young Liberal Movement Elected Divisional Secretary of Perth Division of the Liberal Party in WA Appointed as Research Officer to newly elected Senator for WA, Ian Campbell.
Awarded 'Best Divisional Convenor' at the National Convention of the Young Liberal Movement of Australia. Elected State President of the Young Liberal Movement in WA Becomes a member of the Federal Executive of the Young Liberal Movement of Australia.
Represent the UWA Liberal Club at Australian Liberal Students Federation Conference.
Appointed Campaign Manager for the marginal Federal seat of Cowan in 1993 'Fightback' election campaign. The seat was won from Labor for the first time since the seat was created in 1984. Appointed as Electorate Officer to the newly elected Member for Cowan, Richard Evans.
Begins rebuilding the UK Branch of the Liberal Party while on a working-holiday.. Campaign volunteers recruited for the 14 days of polling booth activity at the Australian High Commission. Appointed spokesperson for United Kingdom and European based media inquiries for the Liberal Party's campaign.
Appointed Manager, Parliamentary and Policy at Federal Secretariat under leadership of Federal Director, Andrew Robb Inaugural Member, Menzies Research Centre. Currently continues as a member Appointed Assistant Campaign Director for the 1996 WA State Election. Liberals win a second term with an historic win securing the largest majority of any party in the Legislative Assembly since 1915.
Appointed as Principal Policy Adviser to the Premier of WA, Hon Richard Court.
Appointed as Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister, Hon John Howard, for the duration of the Federal election campaign.
Appointed Chief of Staff to the Minister for Aged Care, Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP.
Appointed Special Adviser to the Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator the Hon Chris Ellison.
Elected Chairman of the Marketing and Promotions Committee of the Liberal Party in WA Join State Executive of Liberal Party in WA.
Elected Honorary State Treasurer of the Liberal Party in WA. Joins State Management Executive of Liberal Party in WA. Appointed a Director on Liberal Party Pty Ltd. Volunteered as the Campaign Chairman/Manager for the marginal seat of Swan Hills at the 2008 State Election. The seat of Swan Hills was won from Labor with an almost 7% swing.
With Hon Julie Bishop MP, organised the Liberal's State Election Campaign Launch at the Octagon Theatre, UWA. The launch is regarded as the critical turning point in the election campaign. Elected Divisional Secretary of Pearce Division of the Liberal Party in WA. Retired from position in 2010. Elected member of the Menzies Lecture Organising Committee. Currently continues in the role of the committee. Establishes and is inaugural Chairman of the 'Federalism Forum' - a discussion forum for Liberals on how to improve Australian Federalism. Currently continues as Chairman of the committee.
Appointed Life Member of the Young Liberal Movement in WA. Appointed Organisation Vice Patron of the Young Liberal Movement in WA. Volunteered as Campaign Chairman/Manager for the safe Labor seat of Brand. The campaign committee was established 13 months before the expected election date. Labor's margin was reduced to just 3.5%.
Elected Senior Vice President of Pearce Division of the Liberal Party in WA.
Appointed Organisation Patron of the Young Liberal Movement in WA. Currently continues as a Patron. Awarded 'Distinguished Service Award' in recognition of long and distinguished service to the Liberal Party.
Following a joint sitting of the West Australian Parliament he was appointed to the Senate filling a casual vacancy following the death of Senator Judith Adams.
Elected to the Australian Senate following the 2016 Federal Election.