is married to Joanna Irranca-Davies (they combined their surnames Davies and
Irranca on marrying, becoming Irranca-Davies). They have three sons, and are
all proud of their Welsh and Italian family roots. Born into a strong Labour
Party family, he has long been a grass-roots campaigner and active in community
in 1963, he is an alumni of Gowerton Comprehensive School, Crewe and Alsager
College (BA Hons), and Swansea Institute of Higher Education (MSc).
keen walker (Vice-President of Ramblers Cymru) and “everyday cyclist on a
sit-up-and-beg-bike”, he also relaxes watching his sons playing rugby or
reading historical novels (and never anything political!).
Irranca-Davies worked in public and private sector management and as a Senior
Lecturer in Higher Education before entering politics. In February 2002 he was
elected as the Labour MP for Ogmore in a parliamentary by-election, a seat
which he held until 2016 when he was duly elected as the Assembly Member for
Ogmore at the National Assembly for Wales.
Huw was the Member of Parliament for Ogmore from 2002
to 2016, when he stood down from parliament to stand for election to the
National Assembly of Wales.
During his time as an MP Huw served as a Parliamentary
Private Secretary (PPS) to Ministers in the Department for Work and Pensions,
Northern Ireland and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS); as the
Government Whip for Wales and DCMS; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for
Wales; and as Environment Minister in the Department for Environment, Food and
Between October 2010 and 2015 he served in opposition as the
Shadow Energy Minister, then as Shadow Minister for Food, Farming and Rural
Affairs. Following the General Election in May 2015, he was elected as the
Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, a position held till 2016 when he
stepped down from parliament in order to stand successfully for the National
Assembly of Wales.