Barnaby Joyce was born in Tamworth, NSW, in 1967. He served as the leader of the National Party from 2016 to 2018 and was Deputy Prime Minister of Australia from February 2016 to February 2018. A graduate of the University of New England, he set up an accountancy practice in St George, Queensland in 1999 before entering politics. Joyce was elected to the Senate at the 2004 federal election and became the National Party's Senate leader in 2008. At the 2013 election, he transferred to the House of Representatives, winning the rural seat of New England in New South Wales. In the Abbott and Turnbull Governments, Joyce served as Minister for Agriculture (2013-2015), Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources (2015-2017), Minister for Resources and Northern Australia (2017) and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport (2017-2018). During the 2017 parliamentary eligibility crisis, Joyce was confirmed to be a dual citizen of New Zealand. Joyce re-entered parliament in December 2017 after winning the New England by-election with a massive swing to the government.