Andrew Hastie Wife: Who Is Ruth Hastie?

Andrew Hastie wife

Andrew Hastie met his wife Ruth Hastie in the summer of 2007 while he was studying at George Washington University. Their first date was “watching then-president George W. Bush walk from the Oval Office across the lawns of the White House to be whisked away in the Marine One helicopter.”

Hastie proposed to Ruth on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. The two were married in 2008 at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Their children were born in Perth in June 2015, August 2017 and November 2021. The family of five now lives in the City of Mandurah in the Peel region of Western Australia.

A self-described student of history, Hastie has strongly encourages historical understanding to solve contemporary issues. He lists “biographies, Shakespeare, psalms” among his interests. In 2016, he launched the Canning Shakespeare Festival, encouraging high school students to know and perform the playwright’s works.

Hastie has been recognised as “a man of deep faith”. After rejecting religion in adolescence, he has been part of reformed and evangelical churches including Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC, Shenton Park Anglican Church, Crossroads Church in Canberra (a congregation of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches), and Peel Presbyterian Church in Mandurah.

Andrew William Hastie (born 30 September 1982) is an Australian politician, and a former military officer, serving as the Shadow Minister for Defence since 2022. Representing the people of Canning, a semi-urban region on the south coast of Western Australia, he is a senior member of the Liberal Party.

He has served in federal government as the Assistant Minister for Defence, from 2020 to 2022. Hastie was Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security from 2017 to 2020, rejoining the committee in 2022. Prior to politics, he was a troop commander in the Special Air Service Regiment.

Hastie was born in Wangaratta to Sue, a primary school teacher for children with special needs, and Peter, who had started a church in that country town. At age 5, he and his family moved to Sydney when his father became the pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Ashfield, as it launched its first Chinese-speaking congregation.

He began his Primary education at Ashbury Public School. From year 5 he attended The Scots College in Sydney, completing his Higher School Certificate in 2000. Intending to become a journalist, Hastie began a Bachelor of Arts in History, Politics and Philosophy at the Kensington Campus of University of New South Wales in 2001. The 9/11 terrorist attacks, which killed the daughter of his primary school teacher, prompted Hastie to change plans.

He completed his second year at the Kensington Campus, then transferred to UNSW Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra the following year, finishing his bachelor’s degree in 2004. He took an honours year in 2005; where his final thesis examined Charles Bean’s official history of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

Ruth Hastie wife

Hastie moved on to officer training at Royal Military College, Duntroon in 2006, where he would meet his future mentors John Anderson and Rear-Admiral James Goldrick. In 2007, Hastie completed the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program in Washington, D.C.

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Andrew Hastie is married to Ruth Hastie.

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