First elected to the Assembly in 2003, he has been an elected representative since 1985 on Limavady Borough Council.
Why did you want to become an MLA?
I saw becoming an MLA as the chance to really make a difference to people. Politically things needed to be moved forward and I wanted to play a part in that.
Apart from work and family, what are your main passions in life?
Sport, especially football and at all levels of the game. I played football from a schoolboy and the love of the game has never left me.
What single issue would you hope to champion in the Assembly?
I have a special interest in health issues that affect us all. I was involved with the campaign to keep out of hours doctor services in the Limavady area intact.
What, if anything, is in most urgent need of change in the present Stormont system?
Making more efficiency savings by reducing the number of MLAs. It is possible for Northern Ireland to be excellently governed by a smaller number of MLAs.