Dame Rosemary Butler was a Member of the
National Assembly for Wales between May 1999 and April 2016. This
was her biography at the time she left.
Dame Rosemary Butler has lived in
Caerleon, part of the Newport West Constituency, for many years,
and attended St Julian's High School. Her interests range
from museums, art galleries, concerts and opera, to foreign travel
and family history.
the Labour party in 1971 and two years later she was elected Labour
councillor for Caerleon on Newport Borough Council, a position she
held until 1999. While on the council, she chaired the Leisure
Services Committee for 12 years, and served as Deputy Leader and
Mayor of Newport (1989/1990).
She was elected as
Newport West’s first Assembly Member in May 1999 and has been
re-elected in each subsequent Assembly election.
appointed to the first National Assembly cabinet as Minister for
pre-16 Education and Children, and chaired the Culture, Welsh
Language and Sport Committee and was the Assembly’s
representative on the European Union’s Committee of the
Regions. She has also been Deputy Presiding Officer, Chair of the
Assembly’s Legislation (1) Committee (which scrutinised all
backbench proposals to introduce Measures) and served on the
British Council Cross-Party group.
In May 2011, Rosemary was elected to the
position of Presiding Officer of the National Assembly by a
unanimous vote of Assembly Members. In addition, she represents the
Assembly on the British Irish Parliamentary Association and CALRE
(Speakers of Legislative Bodies in the European Union).
isan honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, Newport,
Co-founder and chair of the Newport International Competition for
Young Pianists, a founding member of the Newport-Kutaisi Twinning
Association, president of the Friends of Newport Transporter
Bridge, president of the Wales Home Safety Council, president of
Newport Harriers Athletic Club, honorary life member of Newport
Sports Council, life member of Newport Cricket Club, a founder
member of the Friends of Tredegar House, Ambassador for Girl
Guiding, a founder member of Newport Women's Aid, Honorary Doctor
of University of South Wales, Honorary Fellow of Cardiff
Metropolitan University, Chair of the Independent Chartist
Commission (Newport), member of Women's International League of
Peace and Freedom and patron of Caerleon Arts Festival.