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The Right Honourable
 Carwyn Jones AM


Incumbent
Assumed office 
9 December 2009
Monarch Elizabeth II
Deputy Ieuan Wyn Jones
Preceded by Rhodri Morgan

Incumbent
Assumed office 
1 December 2009
Preceded by Rhodri Morgan

In office
19 July 2007 – 9 December 2009
First Minister Rhodri Morgan
Preceded by Office Created
Succeeded by TBA

Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Bridgend
Incumbent
Assumed office 
6 May 1999
Preceded by Constituency Created
Majority 2,556 (10.4%)

Born 21 March 1967 (1967-03-21) (age 42)
Swansea, Wales
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Wales
Occupation Politician
Profession Barrister

Carwyn Howell Jones (born 21 March 1967) is the third and current First Minister for Wales. A member of the Welsh Labour Party, he has been Assembly Member for Bridgend since 1999. In the coalition government of Labour and Plaid Cymru, he was appointed Counsel General for Wales and Leader of the House on 19 July 2007. Along with a number of other Assembly Members, he is a fluent Welsh speaker, and is also a member of Amnesty International and the Fabian Society. He was elected Leader of the Welsh Labour Party on 1 December 2009. On 9 December he was nominated as First Minister and unanimously elected by the National Assembly. He was sworn into office the following day.[1]

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Biography

Born in Swansea, he was raised in Bridgend in a fluent Welsh speaking family.[2] He was a pupil at Brynteg Comprehensive School in Bridgend, and then studied at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth,[3] where he joined the Labour Party during the Miners' Strike.[2]

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Professional career

Jones trained as a barrister at the Inns of Court School of Law, London,[3] and was called to the Bar at Gray's Inn in 1989.

He became a practising barrister, who specialised in Family, Criminal and Personal Injury law;[4] he was in legal practice for ten years at Gower Chambers, Swansea, before becoming a door tenant at Temple Chambers in Cardiff. For two years, he also worked as a Professional Tutor at Cardiff University on the Bar Vocational Course.[3]

Personal life

Married to Lisa (who was born in Ireland),[4] the couple have two children, Seren and Ruairi. Jones enjoys sport, following both codes of rugby in Bridgend. He also enjoys walking, cycling, golf.[2] Jones is patron of Kenfig Hill Male Voice Choir.[3]

Political career

Jones was a County Borough Councillor for Bridgend for five years, where he eventually led the Labour group.[3]

Jones became a Member of the National Assembly of Wales for Bridgend in 1999.[3]

Jones was appointed Deputy Secretary in the National Assembly for Wales in March 2000. In July 2000, he was appointed to the Assembly Cabinet as Assembly Secretary for Agriculture and Rural Development in the Welsh Assembly Government, before the title was changed to Assembly Minister in October 2000. His responsibilities in this role included the environment, countryside issues, town and country planning, sustainable development, agriculture and rural development. In June 2002, his brief was expanded when he was appointed Minister for Open Government in addition to his other duties. During this time, he was responsible for the Welsh response to the 2001 Foot and Mouth disease outbreak.[2]

After the 2007 election, he was appointed Assembly Minister for Education, Culture and the Welsh Language, responsible for the Department for Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills and the Culture, Welsh Language and Sport portfolios. After his party entered into coalition with Plaid Cymru, Jones was reappointed as Counsel General for Wales and Leader of the House.

Following the announcement of Welsh Labour Leader and First Minister Rhodri Morgan in September 2009 that he would be resigning both posts in December 2009, Jones entered the subsequent election to become his successor, where his opponents were Edwina Hart and Huw Lewis. On 1 December 2009, Jones was elected the new Leader with over 50% of the vote.[1][5]

First Minister for Wales

After winning the leadership election in 2009, Jones was confirmed as the third First Minister for Wales on 9 December 2009.[1][6]

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National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
Office Created
Assembly Member for Bridgend
1999–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Andrew Davies
Minister for Assembly Business
2002 – 2003
Succeeded by
Karen Sinclair
Preceded by
Office Created
Minister for Environment, Planning and Countryside
2000 – 2007
Succeeded by
Jane Davidson
Preceded by
Office Created
Minister for Education, Culture and the Welsh Language
2007
Succeeded by
Office Abolished
Preceded by
Office Created
Leader of the House
2007 – 2009
Succeeded by
TBA
Preceded by
Rhodri Morgan
First Minister for Wales
2009–present
Incumbent
Legal offices
Preceded by
Office Created
Counsel General for Wales
2007 – 2009
Succeeded by
TBA
Party political offices
Preceded by
Rhodri Morgan
Leader of the Welsh Labour Party
2009–present
Incumbent

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