Peter Peacock has been an elected politician in the Highlands for the past 25 years.
He was a regional councillor and then the first leader of Highland Council.
In 1999 he was elected to the Scottish Parliament as an MSP for the Highlands and Islands, holding the post of Deputy Finance and Public Services Minister.
He has also been Minister for Europe, Gaelic, Local Government and Education, becoming the longest-serving Education Minister in the Parliament.
Whilst holding this post he initiated the largest school building programme in Scotland's history and the largest teacher recruitment drive.