Member for MacKillop Nick McBride was unsuccessful on Tuesday in his bid to become the new Opposition Leader.
He was one of the three contenders to succeed ex-Premier Steven Marshall who decided to end his nine years as Liberal Party leader after last month’s heavy electoral defeat.
Party members from the Lower and Upper Houses met in Adelaide and elected former Environment Minister David Speirs as their new leader ahead of Mr McBride and ex-Speaker Josh Teague.
Despite the vote, party insiders still expect Mr McBride to occupy a key place in the shadow ministry.
Mr McBride congratulated the new leadership team and said he respected the decision of his party.
“I put my name forward for the leadership position as I am committed to change in our party,” he said.
“While I have not been selected, this time has provided me with the opportunity to share my views and thoughts on the way forward for our party with my Liberal parliamentary colleagues.
“I hope the leadership change can bring about meaningful change in the way our party engages and represents the views and needs of our regions, business, families, and communities.”