Jacquie Petrusma was first elected to the Tasmanian Parliament in 2010. Jacquie was born in Launceston and attended Glen Dhu Primary School, Kings Meadows High School, Launceston College and the University of Tasmania. Jacquie also trained at the Launceston General Hospital as a Registered Nurse.

Jacquie shifted to Hobart in 1994 where she lives in the Franklin electorate with her husband Tim and children with two dogs on three acres, where they are establishing an organic orchard and vegetable garden.

Due to her own experience of growing up in a single parent household, being a single mum of one herself, as well as from studying an education degree, Jacquie is very interested in policies that will strengthen and support families, sole parents and education.

Jacquie has also worked in health related areas since 1984 and has extensive experience in Health, Ageing and Aged Care. She has completed a business degree, worked as a National Sales Manager in a global medical company, and has owned her own business.

Jacquie is and has been involved in many community organisations, including Business East, Kingborough Community Enterprise Centre, Neighbourhood Houses, Prison Fellowship, School Councils and a Community Legal Centre.

Jacquie understands, and is passionate about, the issues that affect Tasmanian families and small businesses, as well as health and education, the environment, the rising cost of living and the struggle to make ends meet. Other issues she feels strongly about include domestic violence, family breakdown, carers, aged care, child abuse, raising teenagers and caring for loved ones with disabilities and learning difficulties.