The father-of-six would become the youngest Premier to lead the state at the age of 39.
Family and politics have been two constant and key elements throughout his personal and working career.
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet pictured in 2018 with his wife Helen and kids Harriet eight months, William 2, Annabelle 4, Amelia 6, and Charlotte 8. Picture: Jenny Evans
The 39-year-old seemed destined for the top job as from the age of 10, when he was required by his parents to regularly present an article on the affair of the nations at the family dinner table each night.
Mr Perrottet grew up in the Hills District where he attended Catholic school Redfield College in Dural and Oakhill College in Castle Hill before graduating with a Commerce/Law degree from Sydney University.
At university he was heavily involved in student politics from the get go where he served as a member of the Student Representative Council and was elected president of the Sydney University Liberal Club.
During his time in tertiary education he was also elected as the President of the NSW Young Liberal movement and served on the State Executive of the NSW Liberal Party.
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He briefly worked as a solicitor at Henry Davis York Lawyers where he focused on banking, restructuring and insolvency law.
Mr Perrottet was elected to parliament in 2011 as the Member for Castle Hill for four years before being appointed as the Member for Hawkesbury in the NSW Legislative Assembly.
In 2014 he was elected as the Member for Finance and Services before becoming Treasurer and Deputy Leader of the NSW Liberal Party in 2017 by the Berejiklian government.
While he is the heavy favourite, Rob Stokes confirmed he will be still in the running as he believes there should be “a choice” and factional heavyweights should not decide the future of the Liberals.
The Planning Minister argued on Monday he was the stronger candidate but says it is ultimately up to the party room.
“It is not up to factional heavyweights to decide what the numbers should be, the only way we will know the numbers is by going to a vote in the party room and that’s what I’m determined to do,” he said outside his Sydney northern beaches home.
Dominic Perrottet speaks to the media during a COVID-19 press conference. Picture: Getty Images
Mr Stokes described Mr Perrottet as a close friend who had “great qualities” but believes his experience would make him the stronger of the two to lead NSW.
“I just believe in terms of experience, I offer more,” he said.
“In terms of being able to speak to the people of NSW — we have a couple of challenging by-elections ahead of us — and I believe I’m equipped and prepared for that challenge.
“I believe I have a lot to offer in terms of vision, in terms of integrity, in terms of energy.”
The party room vote is expected to begin on Tuesday from 10am with the next premier to be announced shortly after.
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Mr Perrottet ‘s faith, Catholicism, has been in the limelight in recent days after word spreading thick and fast he was likely to be the next leader of NSW.
“Faith is personal to me, as it is for millions of people across our state, and anybody should be able to put their hand up to serve in public life, and should not be disqualified, based on their faith or their heritage,” he told The Australian.
“I certainly believe in diversity. I believe in tolerance. I believe in values of respect for all people. And people should be judged on their actions, not based on an attribute that someone thinks shouldn’t have a place in public life.”
Mr Perrottet, a member of the conservative right faction of the Liberal Party, is a social and economic conservative. He opposed same-sex marriage and is pro-life.
Decriminalising abortion and voluntarily assisted dying laws will soon be brought before the NSW parliament, but he has previously said he would allow a conscience vote.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes argued he is the stronger candidate but it was ultimately up to the party room. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Nikki Short

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