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. He was then Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science from September 2018 until recently being appointed the Minister for Just Transition, Employment & Fair Work in May 2021. 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.
Position: Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work, Scotland