Jack McConnell served as Finance Minister and then Education Minister before becoming Scotland's third First Minister in November 2001. After the 2003 election he was again nominated by the Parliament to hold the post.
Jack taught Maths for nine years and served on Stirling District Council before becoming General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party in 1992. He managed the 1997 election success and co-ordinated Labour's referendum campaign in 1997.
He was born in Irvine in 1960 and graduated from the University of Stirling where he served as president on the Students' Association.
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