Todd McClay was born in Rotorua and was raised in Reporoa and Taupo. He has created and owned a number of successful businesses and has worked in a political capacity internationally, in the European Parliament. In 2000 he was appointed the Cook Islands and Niue Ambassador to the European Union, and remains the youngest appointee to the rank of Ambassador to the EU.
Todd was elected for the first time in 2008 as the National Party candidate for the Rotorua electorate when he won the seat from the opposition with a majority of just over 5,000 votes. He was re elected in 2011 with an increased majority of 7357 votes.
Todd runs regular constituent clinics from his three offices he has established in Te Puke, Kawerau and Rotorua, as well as clinics and public meetings in Maketu, Pukehina, Paengaroa and Pongakawa. The offices are part of Todd’s focus of being accessible to all constituents.
Todd has worked hard to service the needs of both the urban township of Rotorua, and the large rural constituency that makes up most of the Rotorua electorate. He recognises the vital role that rural New Zealand play in the economic and cultural fabric of the country, and is committed to being an active voice in Parliament for all parts of the electorate.
Todd was a member of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee during the 49th Parliamentary term and was made the deputy Chair of the Social Services Select Committee in 2010, after being a member of that Committee.
In 2011 he was named Chair of the Commerce Committee before being promoted to Chair of the influential Finance and Expenditure Committee in 2012.
Todd is Patron of the Rotorua SPCA and MS Society and works to support a wide range of local charities and community organisations.
Todd is married and has four school age children and with his wife Nadene lives and works in Rotorua.