In 2007 Dr David McGee CNZM, QC was appointed Ombudsman until he retired on 31 May 2013. Prior to his appointment Dr McGee was a long serving staff member within the New Zealand Parliament. He became Parliament’s Office of the Clerk in 1974 and worked in several roles, including with Select Committees. He was appointed Clerk of the House of Representatives in 1985 and was a member of the committee which devised the legislation that became law as the Constitution Act 1986. He is the author of Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand, which is the authoritative guide to parliamentary procedure in New Zealand. He has also written extensively in the area of parliamentary and constitutional studies. He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1977, was appointed as Queen's Counsel Queen’s Counsel in 2000 and received a Higher Doctor of Laws from the Victoria University of Wellington in 2009.
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