Blair grew up on the family farm, just across the border not far from Mount Gambier. His father was a public school teacher for close to 40 years and his mother worked in the disability sector. Both were members of their Unions throughout their working lives. Being heavily influenced by his parents’ commitment to social justice, he joined the Australian Labor Party at the age of 16 and became involved in many local community and sporting groups.
Blair attended local public schools before undertaking an Arts/Law Degree at University, where he met his wife Cath. He practiced briefly as a solicitor before starting work for a country Labor MP.
Blair worked as Chief of Staff to then Minister Jennifer Rankine and Deputy Chief of Staff to Premier Jay Weatherill. He was elected to represent the seat of Wright in 2018.
The focus of his work in government has been education, training and skills, child protection, and emergency services.
Blair lives in Wright with Cath, their three daughters and their dog Teddy