David was born in Dumfries and grew up in Wamphray, where his mother ran the Red House Hotel, and in Lockerbie, where he went to school. He lives in Moffat and has three children.
He served as an MSP until he was first elected for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale at Westminster in 2005, where he was returned with a majority of 9,441 at the 2017 General Election. From the 2005 General Election up until the 2017 General Election, David was the only sitting Scottish Conservative and Unionist Member of Parliament.
A well-known community campaigner, David has led a number of successful campaigns including improving train services at Lockerbie Station and has spoken out on regeneration of rural areas, road improvements and better broadband and mobile phone reception. Since being elected, David has held over 1800 advice surgeries including an annual surgery tour of his constituency. David played a key role in negotiating the Edinburgh Agreement, which set out the terms that enabled the independence referendum to take place.
From 2015 to 2019, David was honoured to serve in both David Cameron’s and Theresa May’s Cabinets as Secretary of State of Scotland. As Secretary of State he oversaw the implementation of Growth Deals worth over £1.3bn to Scotland, while continually making the case for the Union and Scotland’s place in it. He remains committed to safeguarding Scotland’s place in the United Kingdom and standing up for his constituents across Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale, and Tweeddale. David is a Member if Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council and the Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet.
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