Richard was first elected as a North East MSP in 1999 before winning the Moray by-election in 2006. He was Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment in the Scottish Government between 2007 and 2016.
Richard was born in Paisley in 1969 and was educated at Williamwood High School, Clarkston, Glasgow.
He graduated with BA Honours in Political Studies from Stirling University and was employed as Office Manager for Alex Salmond from 1994-98 during which time he contested both local and national elections.
Richard is married with one son and lives in Elgin.
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