SA's latest Senator Rex Patrick

Former submariner Rex Patrick has been chosen to replace Nick Xenophon in the Senate.


* Born in New Zealand in 1967 and moved to Australia with his family aged seven.

* Educated in Whyalla before leaving to join the Australian Navy at age 16.

* Volunteered to serve on the Oberon Class submarines and later joined a trial crew on the first Collins Class submarine.

* Left the navy in 1994 after serving for 10 years and worked for an Australian sonar design and development company as a trainer, then project manager, business development manager and head of research and development.

* In 2007 Mr Patrick started his own company building a successful domestic and international business in sonar and acoustics training.

* Joined the Nick Xenophon Team at the start of 2016 as a senior adviser before being asked to fill the casual vacancy in the Senate caused by the resignation of Senator Xenophon.

Source: AAP

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