Grangemouth councillor Angus MacDonald has won Falkirk East for the SNP.
He polled 14,302 votes to defeat Cathy Peattie (10,767) who had been the Labour MSP since the Holyrood Parliament was founded.
Third was Lynn Munro for the Conservatives followed by Ross Laird for the Liberal Democrats.
Speaking to The Falkirk Herald, the area’s new MSP cited the positive vision of their campaigning as the reason for the SNP’s success, not just in Falkirk but across Scotland.
He added: ‘‘Our priority is the economic regeneration of the area. We will do everything in Edinburgh to ensure that Falkirk district pulls itself out of the aftermath of Labour.’’
Mrs Peattie admitted surprise at the result, and the size of the majority, but vowed: ‘‘I’m not finished politically. I have campaigned for Labour since I was 21 and we now need to fight more than ever. I am scared for jobs, I’m scared for carers and for all of the things we hold dear.’’
Angus MacDonald (SNP) - 14,302 (50.8%)
Cathy Peattie (Labour) - 10,767 (38.2%)
Lynn Munro (Conservative) - 2372 (8.4%)
Ross Laird Liberal Democrat - 727 (2.6%)
Turnout - 28,168 (47.4%)
Majority - 3535
9.3% swing from Labour to SNP