Robert Brown is the Liberal Democrat Council candidate for the Rutherglen South Ward of South Lanarkshire Council.
He was a Rutherglen Councillor on Glasgow District Council for 15 years and MSP for Glasgow Region from 1999 to 2011. From 2005-2007, Robert was Deputy Minister for Education and Young People.
Robert graduated from Aberdeen University with First Class Honours in Law. He qualified as a solicitor and served as Procurator Fiscal Depute in Dumbarton, before joining Ross Harper & Murphy, Solicitors, Rutherglen and Glasgow where he was latterly a senior civil partner.
Robert was Chair of Rutherglen and Cambuslang Citizens’ Advice Bureau for two terms of 5 years. He is currently Honorary President of Overtoun Park Bowling Club.
He was a longstanding Policy Convener of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, and was responsible for a number of Party manifestos.
Robert was Vice-Chair of the Steel Commission on “Moving to Federalism”. He is a member of the Scottish Liberal Democrats' Home Rule and Community Rule Commission, chaired by Sir Menzies Campbell MP. He is currently co-editing a pamphlet on Liberal Democrat values which will be published in the spring.
Robert is married with a grown up daughter and son and lives in Rutherglen.