Michael Matheson (politician)
|Cabinet Secretary for Justice|
21 November 2014
|First Minister||Nicola Sturgeon|
|Preceded by||Kenny MacAskill|
|Minister for Public Health|
20 May 2011 – 21 November 2014
|First Minister||Alex Salmond|
|Preceded by||Shona Robison|
|Succeeded by||Maureen Watt|
|Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Falkirk West
3 May 2007
|Preceded by||Dennis Canavan|
|Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Central Scotland
6 May 1999 – 3 May 2007
8 September 1970 |
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
|Alma mater||Queen Margaret University
Michael Stephen Matheson (born 8 September 1970) is a Scottish politician who has been the Cabinet Secretary for Justice since 2014. He has been a Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament since 1999, first representing Central Scotland and, since 2007, the Falkirk West constituency.
Matheson was born in Glasgow and was educated at St John Bosco Secondary School in the city. He then attended Queen Margaret College, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy in 1991. He later went on to graduate from the Open University with both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Postgraduate diploma in applied social sciences.
Following graduation, he worked as a community occupational therapist for eight years, until his election to the Scottish Parliament. During that time he worked for Highland Regional Council, Central Regional Council and Stirling Council.
Westminster parliamentary candidate
Member of the Scottish Parliament
In the 1999 Scottish parliamentary election, Matheson contested the Falkirk West constituency, which was won by the independent Dennis Canavan, who had been rejected by the Labour Party. However, Matheson was ranked third on the SNP's regional list for Central Scotland and was one of the five SNP candidates elected in the region.
He served as Shadow Deputy Minister for Justice from May 1999 until September 2004, and as Shadow Deputy Minister for Rural Development from October 2001 until September 2004. Matheson also served on the Equal Opportunities Committee, the Justice and Home Affairs Committee, and the Justice 1 Committee between 1999 and 2004. During the 2000 SNP deputy leadership election, he was the campaign manager for Roseanna Cunningham.
He contested the Falkirk West constituency again at the 2003 Scottish parliamentary election, and although it was won again by Denis Canavan, Matheson was re-elected as one of three SNP MSPs for Central Scotland. In the parliament's second session he served on the Justice 1 Committee, the Enterprise and Culture Committee and the Justice 2 Committee. From September 2004 until September 2006, he was Shadow Minister for Culture and Sport.
Matheson was a member of the Health and Sport Committee from June 2007 until March 2011 and was the Deputy Convener of the European and External Relations Committee from March 2009 until July 2010. He was also a member of the End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill Committee.
Before becoming a Minister, Matheson was actively involved in a number of Parliamentary Cross-Party Groups, including those on Malawi, Sport, Alzheimer's disease, International development, Russia and Taiwan.
At the 2011 Scottish parliamentary election, he retained his seat with an increased majority of 5,745 votes over Labour.
He was appointed as Minister for Public Health after the SNP landslide in 2011, a position he held until the November 2014 reshuflle which saw him promoted to Cabinet rank as Cabinet Secretary for Justice.
- "Previous MSPs: Session 1 (1999-2003): Michael Matheson MSP". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
- "Previous MSPs: Session 2 (2003-2007): Michael Matheson MSP". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
- "Previous MSPs: Session 3 (2007-2011): Michael Matheson MSP". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
- Michael Matheson MSP Scottish Parliament website
- Michael Matheson MSP official constituency website
- Scottish National Party - Falkirk District
|Member of the Scottish Parliament for Central Scotland
|Member of the Scottish Parliament for Falkirk West
|Minister for Public Health
|Cabinet Secretary for Justice