Cormann's political life coming to an end

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann with his wife Hayley and daughters Charlotte and Isabelle.
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann with his wife Hayley and daughters Charlotte and Isabelle.

MATHIAS CORMANN

* Born September 20, 1970, in the German-speaking Belgian town of of Eupen.

* Attained a law degree from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

* Participated in a one-year exchange to the UK were he learned English and decided to visit Australia.

* Aged 21 is elected to the council in Raeren, Belgium.

* After multiple visits to Australia decided to live in Perth permanently.

* He is married to Hayley and has two young daughters, Charlotte and Isabelle.

* Volunteered for the Liberal Party in the lead up to the 1996 election.

* Appointed chief of staff for then WA Family and Children's Services Minister Rhonda Parker in 1997.

* Became senior adviser to WA Premier Richard Court in 2000 then adviser to federal Justice and Customs Minister Chris Ellison in 2001.

* From 2003 - 2007 held senior management roles for private insurance companies HBF Health and Healthguard.

* After Ian Campbell's resignation from the Senate in 2007, Cormann filled the casual vacancy.

* While in opposition served as spokesman on employment, shadow assistant treasurer, financial services spokesman and chair of the Fuel and Energy Select Committee.

* Re-elected to the Senate in 2010.

* In 2013 appointed Finance Minister in the Tony Abbott-led Liberal government.

* Caught smoking a cigar with Joe Hockey after delivering controversial 2014 budget, causing outrage.

* Given additional roles of Special Minister of State in 2016 and Leader of the Government in the Senate in 2017.

* Personally opposes same-sex marriage in 2017, but votes for the legislation in the Senate following the same-sex marriage survey.

* Awarded Germany's highest award, The Grand Cross of the Order of Merit, for furthering Australian-German relations in 2018.

* Pledged support for Turnbull during 2018 leadership coup, then backflipped and supported opponent Peter Dutton.

* Accused by Malcolm Turnbull of "blowing up" the former PM's government.

* After the leadership spill was reappointed Minister for Finance and the Public Service by new PM Scott Morrison.

* Announced on July 5 that he would be retiring from politics at the end of the year.

Australian Associated Press