Murdo Fraser was born in Inverness in 1965 and educated at Inverness Royal Academy and thereafter at Aberdeen University, where he studied law. He has since worked as a solicitor in Aberdeen and Edinburgh and prior to his election to the Scottish Parliament was an associate with Ketchen and Stevens WS in Edinburgh, specialising in commercial law.
Murdo first became active in politics at Aberdeen University. He held office as Chairman of the Scottish Young Conservatives from 1989 to 1992, and thereafter became the first Scot to be elected Chairman of National Young Conservatives, a position he held for one year from 1991.
In the 1999 Scottish Parliament Election, Murdo stood as the Conservative candidate for North Tayside, and fought the constituency again at the 2001 General Election. He became a Member of the Scottish Parliament in August 2001 following the resignation of the previous List Member for Mid-Scotland and Fife, and was re-elected in 2003 and 2007.
Murdo became Deputy Leader of the Scottish Conservatives in November 2005. He was appointed Scottish Conservative Spokesman on Education and Lifelong Learning in 2007, having previously been Spokesman on Enterprise & Lifelong Learning and prior to that Deputy Spokesman on Education. He is co-convenor of the Cross-Party Groups on the Scottish Economy and on Universities, and serves as Parliamentary Advisor to the Autism Treatment Trust.
Murdo is a patron of the Conservative Christian Fellowship, a Board Member of Dundee University Students' Association, and a member of the Scotland-Malawi Partnership.
Publications include the pamphlets: Full Fiscal Freedom (1998) and Scotland and the Euro (1999); a contribution to It's Rangers for Me! (Fort Publishing 2007); and he compiled and edited a collection of essays in 2006 entitled The Blue Book.
Murdo lives in Perthshire with his wife and two children. His interests outside politics include hillwalking (he has climbed Kilimanjaro and more than half of Scotland's 284 Munros), football, classic cars, travel, and Scottish history.
In May 2010, he was appointed Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing.