Cunningham worked as a solicitor and became an advocate in 1990.
In 1999 she became the MSP for Perth and continues to represent the area in the Scottish Parliament to this day. In 2000 she was elected the SNP Senior Vice-Convener (deputy leader). Also in that year she helped establish the Scottish Left Review publication. She stood down as an MP in 2001, to concentrate on the Scottish Parliament.
John Swinney announced his resignation as leader of the SNP on 22 June 2004, and on the same day Roseanna Cunningham announced that she would be a candidate in the subsequent election for the party leadership. In the early stages of the campaign she appeared to be the clear front-runner, but the entirely unexpected decision of the popular former leader Alex Salmond to enter the race just before nominations closed changed everything, and Cunningham ultimately finished a distant second.
In August 2007 she voiced her disdain nationally about a video showing pupils from Glenalmond College, a co-educational independent boarding school in Scotland, acting out in a satirical video called "Class Wars in which students dressed in the stereotypical attire of the Ned subculture are hunted by pupils dressed as Aristocrats. She is quoted as saying "I suppose this video could be billed as the revent of Monty Python's upper-class twits, Doubtless it is intended as humour and irony but it comes across as brash, crass and arrogant.".
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