Raised in north east Wales, I have lived and worked in Wrexham all my adult life.
Prior to my election to the Welsh Parliament, I spent 20 years working at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital. I also worked as Constituency Assistant to Wrexham MP Ian Lucas.
I was elected to Senedd Cymru in May 2007 and sat on the Communities and Culture, Sustainability and Audit Committees and Legislation Committee No. 5.
In December 2009, I was appointed Deputy Minister for Science, Innovation & Skills. Following my re-election in May 2011, I was appointed Minister for Health & Social Services. In March 2013, I was appointed Minister for Local Government & Government Business and in September 2014, was appointed Minister for Communities & Tackling Poverty. After my re-election in May 2016, I was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Environment & Rural Affairs and in November 2017, I was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning & Rural Affairs. Mark Drakeford AM became First Minister in December 2018 and I was appointed Minister for Environment, Energy & Rural Affairs. Following my re-election in May 2021, I was appointed Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd.
My political interests include health, economic development, housing and children’s issues.
Outside of politics, my interests include music, walking and supporting Wrexham Football Club – I was formerly an elected director of the Wrexham Supporters Trust. I have also served as a school governor and have two daughters.
As the Member of the Senedd for Wrexham, it is essential I ensure the constituency receives the funding and necessary support in order it can enjoy the economic and social benefits it deserves.
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Lesley Griffiths, Member of the Senedd for Wrexham