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Linda Karen Reynolds CSC (born 16 May 1965) is an Australian Liberal Party politician serving as Minister for Defence since 26 May 2019, and has served as Senator for Western Australia since 2014.

Military service: Australian Army Reserve, 1984–2012, Brigadier. Commander, 5th Combat Support Battalion

Awards: Conspicuous Service Cross, Defence Long Service Medal, Australian Defence Medal.

In 2013, Reynolds was elected from third position on the Liberal Senate ticket, but her place in the Senate was in doubt after the High Court ordered a fresh half-Senate election in Western Australia, after determining that there were missing ballot papers.[1] However, Reynolds was successful in the re-run and her Senate term commenced on 1 July 2014. She was subsequently re-elected to the Senate in 2016.

Reynolds served as Assistant Minister for Home Affairs from August 2018 to March 2019. She was promoted to the Cabinet on 2 March 2019 by Scott Morrison as Minister for Defence Industry and Minister for Emergency Management and North Queensland Recovery.

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