Michael Matheson was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity in June 2018.
The Cabinet Secretary is responsible for:
- transport strategy, analysis and planning
- public transport and active travel
- bus policy and national concessionary travel
- rail and rail infrastructure - ScotRail
- maritime Policy including ports and canals
- aviation including HIAL
- low carbon transport and infrastructure
- roads and road safety
- major infrastructure projects
- infrastructure investment policy/Infrastructure Investment Plan/Infrastructure Commission
- City and Regional Growth Deals
He was born in Glasgow in 1970 and educated at St John Bosco Secondary School. He went on to study at Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, where he obtained a BSc in Occupational Therapy. He also holds a BA and a Diploma in Applied Social Sciences from the Open University.
Prior to becoming an MSP, Mr Matheson practised as a Community Occupational Therapist with Stirling Council, Central Regional Council, and Highland Regional Council.
He was elected as the MSP for Falkirk West following the May 2007 elections. Previous to that he was a Regional MSP for Central Scotland from 1999 to 2007. Before being appointed Minister for Public Health and Sport, Mr Matheson was Vice Convenor of the European and External Relations Committee. He also sat on the Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee, and previously served on the Justice and Enterprise and Culture Committees. Michael Matheson was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Justice in November 2014 and reappointed in May 2016.
He was re-elected in May 2011 and thereafter appointed as Minister for Public Health.