Rona Mackay was elected in May 2016 with a 8,100 majority in Strathkelvin and Bearsden.
Prior to this, she was a journalist in national newspapers for more than 20 years, before becoming Parliamentary Assistant to Clydebank and Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson, with whom she worked for nine years before becoming elected.
Rona is Deputy Convenor of the Justice Committee and sits on the Public Petitions Committee in Parliament. She is also a member of the Cross Party group on Animal Welfare.
She is a published author and has been a columnist for Independence magazine since its inception in 2010.
She sat on the Children’s Panel for the East End of Glasgow for six years prior to becoming elected and is a Board member of East Dunbartonshire Citizens’ Advice Bureau.
In 2001 she was the co-ordinator of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline in Glasgow and Lanarkshire, a charity which brought children from Belarus affected by the nuclear disaster to Scotland to improve their health.
Rona is married to the leader of the SNP group on East Dunbartonshire Council and lives in Milngavie with her husband, son and two dogs.