Mr Ewing was born in Glasgow in September 1957 and was educated at Edinburgh’s Loretto School and then attended Glasgow University.
He was elected as MSP for Inverness East, Nairn & Lochaber in 1999 and re-elected in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2016. Prior to being elected, he ran his own law practice and developed SNP policy on small business and other matters as well as serving on the party’s national executive.
He has served on a number of Scottish Parliament committees including the Subordinate Legislation Committee, Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, Finance, Local Government and Transport committee and was previously Shadow Minister for Transport, Tourism & Telecommunications. He was Community Safety Minister during the 2007 to 2011 administration.
In 2011 he was appointed the Minister for Enterprise, Energy & Tourism, in November 2014 the portfolio became Business Energy & Tourism. In May 2016, he was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity.
He is the son of Winnie, formerly the MSP for Highlands and Islands and MEP for Scotland, and brother of Annabelle, formerly MP for Perth.