Bronwyn Bishop is an Australian Liberal politician, currently serving as the Speaker of the House of Representatives. She was born Bronwyn Kathleen Setright in 1942 in Sydney. She undertook a 5-year straight-law LL.B. programme at the University of Sydney, completing her professional qualification from the Solicitors' Admission Board. Bishop first worked as an articled clerk and played an acting role as a barrister in the 1960's Australian television program Divorce Court. She was admitted to practise law in 1967 as a solicitor and became a company director before entering politics. After the retirement of Sir John Carrick at the double dissolution of 5 June 1987, Bishop was nominated by the Liberal Party to contest the vacant seat in the Senate for New South Wales at the election on July 11, 1987a and won the seat. She was elevated by Andrew Peacock to the shadow ministry in 1989 as Shadow Minister for Public Administration, Federal Affairs and Local Government. She proved an aggressive debater against the Australian Labor Party, particularly with Foreign Minister Gareth Evans. She was the first woman to be popularly elected as a Senator for New South Wales. After the Liberals' defeat at the 1993 election, Bishop began to be seen as a possible leadership candidate, and resigned from the Senate to the lower house in a move widely seen as furthering her leadership ambitions. However, she didn't poll as well as expected and decided to opt out of the leadership race. She was the first Liberal woman from New South Wales to become a minister. In September 2013, Bishop was elected as Speaker on November 12, 2013 and is the third female Speaker of the House of Representatives.