NEW Liberal Member for Barker Tony Pasin is looking forward to "getting down to business" now the election is over.
The Mount Gambier-based lawyer won 50 per cent of the primary vote on September 7 after being a highly visible presence in the region during an 18-month-long campaign.
He was one of a number of candidates throughout Australia to secure seats in a landslide win by the Coalition and newly elected Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
In the two-party preferred vote there was a 3.56 per cent swing in Mr Pasin's favour.
"I'm humbled to have got the support I did but I'm also relieved to be at the end of what's been a very long and gruelling campaign," he said.
"It is a tremendous honour and privilege to be elected by the people of Barker.
"It's unusual for a a first time candidate to have this result - it's something I'm very proud of."
He said his key priorities for the electorate as a member of Mr Abbott's government would be agriculture, small business, regional development and justice - all areas he is familiar with.
Mr Pasin grew up on his parents' farm in Mount Gambier and still retains a strong interest in the family's beef and lamb enterprise.
He was exposed to the world of regional retail business from an early age, spending time in his mother's fashion outlet which was also in Mount Gambier.
Seeing first-hand what the "real world" of farming and running a retail business was like, it instilled in him the importance of family, hard-work and a robust regional economy.
After studying law and economics at university in Adelaide he returned to the SE to start a legal practice with his wife Fiona.
The couple also have a young daughter Bella who they are raising in Mount Gambier.
Mr Pasin said he planned to close down the law firm to focus all his attention on being the local representative for Barker.
He will set up offices in Mount Gambier and Murray Bridge and will continue to be a visible presence throughout the whole electorate.
"In the short term I will be on a very steep learning curve," he said.
"My immediate focus is on continuing to come to terms with the issues affecting Barker, especially small business operations and the agriculture sector.
"I will be looking to do what I can to ensure Barker is well represented.
"The fact that we have almost 1000 Liberal Party members throughout Barker is perhaps my greatest asset.
"Our members come from all walks of life and represent all the different communities in the electorate, from the SE, the Mallee and the Murraylands, up to the Barossa Valley and the Riverland."
His passion for advocacy and representing the interests of his community led to his election as a City of Mount Gambier councillor in 2003, serving until 2010.
"I know my own experiences in small business, as a local councillor, and, perhaps most significantly, as a husband and father will help shape the way I represent my constituents in Canberra.
"I'm absolutely committed to making Barker a place with a strong and diverse local economy, where real job opportunities in a wide range of industries abound."
"I want to use my skills as an advocate and my experience as a proven, effective representative to ensure the views of Barker residents are heard loud and clear in Canberra."
Mr Pasin congratulated the other six candidates who contested Barker, saying the local campaign had been a "keenly contested battle conducted with good, old-fashioned civility and respect".
He also commended Mr Abbott on his actions in the lead-up to the election.
"I think it was a strongly disciplined campaign led by a person who earned the right to be Prime Minister."