Newman would have then challenged Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek—who, like Newman, is from the Liberal side of the LNP merger—for the leadership of the LNP.Newman subsequently acknowledged he had been approached about moving up to state politics.Campbell Kevin Thomas Newman (born 12 August 1963) is a former Australian politician who served as the 38th Premier of Queensland from 26 March 2012 to 14 February 2015.Newman served as the Member for Ashgrove in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland between March 2012 and 31 January 2015.If he won preselection, Newman said, he would then make a bid for the LNP leadership.According to ABC News, the LNP's organisational wing wanted Newman to run for a state seat and the leadership when polls showed he was the only non-Labor politician who matched Premier Anna Bligh's popularity during the 2010–2011 Queensland floods.Campbell Newman was raised in Tasmania, attending Launceston Church Grammar School, then returned to Canberra.
Newman was elected lord mayor as a member of the Liberal Party.
Newman led the LNP to a landslide victory in the 2012 state election winning 78 of 89 seats from a 44-seat, 13.7-point two-party swing, allowing the LNP to form their first majority government.
At the same time, he won election to the seat of Ashgrove in western Brisbane. At the 2015 state election, the Newman-led LNP suffered a 14.0-point two-party swing, resulting in a hung parliament − of 89 seats, Labor won 44 seats and the statewide two-party vote while the LNP were reduced to 42 seats.
His father, Kevin, represented the federal seat of Bass from 1975 to 1984, and was a minister in the Fraser government.
His mother, Jocelyn Newman (née Mullett), was a Senator for Tasmania (1986–2002) and a minister in the Howard government.