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Mike German AM, OBE


In office
13 June 2002 – 8 May 2003
First Minister Rhodri Morgan
Preceded by Jenny Randerson
Succeeded by Ieuan Wyn Jones
In office
16 October 2000 – 6 July 2001
First Minister Rhodri Morgan
Preceded by New Post
Succeeded by Jenny Randerson

Incumbent
Assumed office 
6 May 1999
Preceded by New Assembly

Born 8 May 1945 (1945-05-08) (age 64)
Cardiff, Wales
Political party Liberal Democrats
Alma mater Open University

Michael German OBE (born 8 May 1945), usually known as Mike German, is the former leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, and member of the National Assembly for Wales for the South Wales East Region. In 1996, he was awarded the OBE for his public and political service.

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Education

German was educated at the Open University and St Mary’s College.

Professional career

He trained and worked as a music teacher before becoming Head of the European Unit at the Welsh Joint Education Committee. Has also been a school governor.

Political career

His political career spans over two decades, as councillor and Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats on Cardiff City Council between 1983-1996 and joint leader of the Council from 1987 to 1991; he was elected to the National Assembly for Wales in 1999 and re-elected in 2003 and 2007.

He contested Cardiff Central in 1983 and 1987 for the Liberal/SDP Alliance, coming within 3,452 votes of winning the seat in the former year.

He is a spokesperson for Local Government, and a member of the European and External Affairs Committee, Local Government and Public Services Committee, South Wales East Regional Committee and the Objective 3 Monitoring Committee.

Under a Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition he became Deputy First Minister 2000-01 (and Minister for Economic Development) and again in 2002-03 (and Minister for Rural Affairs and Wales Abroad). He stepped down from the role of Deputy First Minister between the two dates to answer allegations made about his role at the Welsh examination board, the WJEC. During this period he was temporarily replaced by Jenny Randerson as Acting Deputy First Minister.

In November 2007, Mike German became leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, after Lembit Opik stood down to ensure that the leadership of the party was in the National Assembly and not Westminster.

German's political interests include skills development in small and large companies in Wales, constitutional affairs, Local Government, economy and regeneration.

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Offices held

National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
(new post)
Assembly Member for South Wales East
1999–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
(new post)
Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the National Assembly
1999 – 2008
Succeeded by
Kirsty Williams
Preceded by
Lembit Opik
Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats
2007 – 2008
Succeeded by
Kirsty Williams
Preceded by
(new post)
Deputy First Minister for Wales
2000 – 2001
Succeeded by
Office Vacant
Preceded by
Rhodri Morgan
Minister for Economic Development
2000 – 2001
Succeeded by
Rhodri Morgan
Preceded by
Office Vacant
Deputy First Minister for Wales
2002 – 2003
Succeeded by
Office Vacant
(2003-2007)
Ieuan Wyn Jones (2007-present)
Preceded by
(new post)
Minister for Rural Affairs and Wales Abroad
2002 – 2003
Succeeded by
(post abolished)
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