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.
Richard’s first employment was with the South of Scotland Electricity Board and prior to his election to Holyrood worked for Dundee City Council. He was also employed as constituency office manager for Alex Salmond from 1994 to 1998.
Richard is a member of two Committees in the Scottish Parliament: Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations and Education and Skills. He is also a member of numerous Cross-Party Groups and Co-Convenes the CPGs on Scotch Whisky and Food.
He is also a busy constituency MSP for Moray and is currently spearheading a successful campaign to end rip-off delivery surcharges across Scotland, which has had numerous successes. Significant progress has been made with online giants such as Amazon and eBay, as well as with smaller retailers.
Richard is married with two sons and lives near Elgin.
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