Born in Edinburgh April 1964, John was educated at Forrester High School and the University of Edinburgh. He graduated in 1986 as a Master of Arts with Honours in Politics.
Prior to his election to the Westminster Parliament in 1997, John was employed as Strategic Planning Principal with Scottish Amicable and was a business and economic development consultant for five years.
John Swinney has three children and is married to Elizabeth Quigley.
In his leisure time, John enjoys hill walking, running and cycling.
Surgeries are held regularly around the constituency. Phone 01313485717 for infromation and an appointment.