Jami-Lee Ross was elected to the New Zealand Parliament as the Member for Botany in the March 2011 by-election. He was re-elected in the 2011 and 2014 general elections, most recently with a majority of 13,495 votes.
He began his political career in 2004 representing the Howick Ward as a Manukau City Councillor. He was subsequently re-elected to the Council in 2007. After the formation of the Auckland Council in 2010, Jami-Lee was elected as a Councillor for the newly enlarged Howick Ward and became Co-Leader of the Citizens & Ratepayers Party. Between 2004 and 2010 Jami-Lee was also a member of the Howick Community Board.
Jami-Lee holds a commercial pilot licence having trained at Ardmore Flying School. He undertook most of his schooling at Dilworth School and has attended the University of Auckland and Manukau Institute of Technology.
Jami-Lee currently serves as Senior Opposition Whip in the 51st Parliament and sits on the Finance and Expenditure Committee as well as the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee. He lives in Dannemora, Botany, with his wife Lucy who serves in the NZ Police and on the Howick Local Board. Together they have a son named Henry and a daughter named Charlotte.