Russell Brown was re-elected MP for Dumfries and Galloway in May 2010 with a majority of 7,449 votes.
He was born in 1951 and brought up in Annan, Dumfriesshire where he still lives with his wife Christine. They have two daughters, Sarah and Gillian, and four grandchildren.
Before becoming an MP he worked for ICI for 23 years, where he joined the Transport and General Workers' Union, holding various positions including Branch Secretary.
He was also Workers Convener at ICI Powfoot for six years. Infact it was his Trade Union activities that led to me to join the Labour Party in 1978. He has held the posts of Branch Secretary and Branch Chairman and Constituency Vice-Chair.
He served as a Labour Councillor for 11 years (from 1986 to 1997) and was group leader of the Labour Group up until May 1997, previously holding the posts of Group Chair and Group Secretary. As a Councillor he chaired the Regional Council Public Protection Committee from 1990 to 1994. He was also a Justice of the Peace from 1988 until May 1997.
In May 1997 he was proud to be elected as Member of Parliament for Dumfries Constituency becoming the first Labour MP for the constituency, to add to his other political firsts as the first Labour candidate elected to the old Annandale and Eskdale District Council, and the first Labour Councillor from that district to be elected to Dumfries and Galloway Regional Council.
After being proud to serve as the MP for Dumfries Constituency for eight years, another political first became a reality when he was elected as the first MP for the new Dumfries and Galloway seat with a majority of nearly 3,000.
He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) for successive Secretaries of State for Scotland Alistair Darling, Douglas Alexander and the current Secretary Des Browne, having served as PPS to two previous Leaders of the House of Lords.
He served on the National Minimum Wage Committee pushing through the legislation to secure Britain's first ever minimum wage.
Constituency office 5 Friars Vennel Dumfries DG1 2RQ
Date of Birth
17 September 1951