Carwyn Jones was born
in Swansea and brought up in Bridgend, by a family of Welsh
speakers. He was a
pupil at Brynteg Comprehensive School in Bridgend, and went on to
study at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Carwyn trained as a
barrister at the School of Law, Assize Halls, London and was called
to the Bar at Gray's Inn in 1989. He began to practice as a
barrister and was in legal practice for 10 years in Gower Chambers,
Swansea. For two years, Carwyn also worked as a professional tutor
at Cardiff University on the Bar Vocational Course.
Carwyn Jones was
elected to the Assembly for the first time in May 1999. In February 2000 he was appointed
Deputy Secretary for Local Government, Finance and Land. He was
appointed Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development in July
2000 and, in February 2002, he became Minister for Open Government,
and held that post until the 2003 election.
election, he became Minister for the Environment, Planning and
Countryside, holding that post until May 2007. Following a brief period as
Minister for Education, Culture and the Welsh Language, he became
Counsel General and Leader of the House.
He became First
Minister and Leader of the Labour Party in Wales in December