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Richard Lochhead was first elected as a North East MSP in 1999 before winning the Moray byelection in 2006. He was previously the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment and Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science. He was appointed Minister for Just Transition, Employment and 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.
Richard’s first employment was with the South of Scotland Electricity Board and prior to his election to Holyrood worked for Dundee City Council.
Richard is married with two sons and lives near Elgin.