Mark Harper

British politician (born 1970)

Mark James Harper MP (born 26 February 1970) is a British Conservative Party politician.[1] Harper is a Member of Parliament for the Forest of Dean since 2005. He has been the Secretary of State for Transport since 2022.

Mark Harper

Official portrait, 2020
Secretary of State for Transport
Assumed office
25 October 2022
Prime MinisterRishi Sunak
Preceded byAnne-Marie Trevelyan
Chair of the COVID Recovery Group
In office
10 November 2020 – 20 October 2022
DeputySteve Baker
Preceded byOffice established
Chief Whip of the House of Commons
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
In office
9 May 2015 – 14 July 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byMichael Gove
Succeeded byGavin Williamson
Minister of State for Disabled People
In office
15 July 2014 – 8 May 2015
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byMike Penning
Succeeded byJustin Tomlinson
Minister of State for Immigration
In office
4 September 2012 – 8 February 2014
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byDamian Green
Succeeded byJames Brokenshire
Parliamentary Secretary for Political and Constitutional Reform
In office
11 May 2010 – 4 September 2012
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byChloe Smith
Shadow Minister for Disabled People
In office
3 July 2007 – 11 May 2010
LeaderDavid Cameron
Preceded byJeremy Hunt
Succeeded byMargaret Curran
Member of Parliament
for Forest of Dean
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded byDiana Organ
Majority15,869 (30.8%)
Personal details
Mark James Harper

(1970-02-26) 26 February 1970 (age 54)
Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Margaret Harper
Alma materBrasenose College, Oxford

He was the Government Chief Whip in the House of Commons from May 2015 to July 2016.

On 30 May 2019, Harper announced his campaign to run for Leader of the Conservative Party in the 2019 election.[2] He was eliminated on the first ballot from the race on 13 June.


  1. "Democracy Live - Your representatives - Mark Harper".
  2. "Mark Harper joins Tory leadership race". 2019-05-30. Retrieved 2019-05-30.