Following the 2018 Victorian state election Adem was appointed Minister for Local Government and Minister for Small Business. His previous ministerial portfolios have also included Innovation and Trade. He committed to supporting small business to thrive as part of a growing and fairer Victorian economy. He holds a Master of Arts in Policy and Politics from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Sociology from Monash University. Adem was first elected to the Victorian province of Eumemmerring in 2002 and has been a Member for the South Eastern Metropolitan Region since 2006. He was born in Turkey in 1967 and is married with two children.