MP for Banff and Buchan 1987 - date MSP
for Gordon 2007-
2007 Scottish Parliament Elections
Alex Salmond is the first SNP First Minister of Scotland and the
first leader of a minority administration at Holyrood.
The son of two civil servants, Salmond was born on New Year's Eve
1954. After graduating from St Andrews university he worked as an
Economist in the Scottish Civil Service before joining the Royal
Bank of Scotland.
First elected as the MP for Banff and Buchan in 1987 he became the
leader of the SNP after defeating his opponent by 486 votes to 144.