Raised in north east Wales, I have lived and worked in Wrexham all my adult life.
Prior to my election to the National Assembly for Wales, 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 the National Assembly for Wales 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.
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 Assembly Member 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, Assembly Member for Wrexham