Sue Lines joined the WA Branch of the Australian Labor Party in 1983 and began working at United Voice (formerly LHMU) in 1987 as an organiser.
In 2000 she became the Assistant Branch Secretary of United Voice WA and then the National Assistant Secretary in 2007. She has also worked as a teacher and a community organiser.
Sue was endorsed as a Labor Senator on May 15 2013 at a joint sitting of the Parliament of Western Australia to fill the casual vacancy in the senate caused by the resignation of Senator Chris Evans.
Sue enjoys volunteering and is a member of multiple community groups and in the past has been a member of a number of groups including; including the local fire brigade, the Children’s Kindergarten Management Committee, Volunteer Netball and T-ball coach, WA Children’s Week Committee and was a board member of the WA Lady Gowrie Association.
Prior to becoming a Senator, Sue was a Commonwealth Ministerial appointment to the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), the Aged Care Funding Authority (ACFA) and the NDIS Workforce and Sector Capacity Expert Group. She remains a proud member of United Voice.