Grayling was in 2001 for Epsom and Ewell in the elected House of Commons . In 2010, he was given the post of Secretary of State in charge of labour affairs in the cabinet-Cameron. On 4 september 2012 he succeeded Kenneth Clarke as Minister of Justice and Lord Chancellor. He is the first Lord Chancellor since Anthony Ashley Cooper (17th century) who is not a lawyer.
Prior to his political career, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Cambridge and then worked in the television world, including the BBC. From 1997 until his election in 2001, he was a management consultant.
Chris Grayling is married, has two children and plays cricket in his spare time.