People of the Senedd

Rhys ab Owen MS

Rhys ab Owen MS

Senedd Regional Member

Independent Plaid Cymru Member

Not affiliated to a Political Group

South Wales Central

My Senedd Activities

I'm grateful to my father that I can address you in Welsh today in the Welsh Parliament. The Welsh language had long since died out of the family when my father decided to learn the langu...

Plenary | 22/05/2024

How is the Welsh Government encouraging dentists to begin or continue working under the NHS rather than taking up private practice?

Tabled on 22/05/2024

What progress has been made on implementing restrictions on the sale of high-caffeine drinks to children and young people, as set out in the Healthy Weight: Healthy Wales delivery plan?

Tabled on 22/05/2024

What discussions has the Cabinet Secretary had with the UK Government to ensure the use of AI in business, as encouraged by the Welsh Government, is ethical and compliant with the law fol...

Tabled on 22/05/2024

What progress is being made towards the goal to generate 70 per cent of Wales’s electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2030?

Tabled on 22/05/2024

What options are available for councils to ensure that a missed payment towards council tax does not result in prolonged indebtedness for residents?

Tabled on 22/05/2024

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Key interests and achievements

Rhys's main interests are constitutional affairs, taking action on the climate emergency, eradicating child poverty and ensuring a better life for families and those affected by dementia. He also takes a keen interest in the local history of Cardiff, the Welsh language along with legal and justice matters.

Personal history

Rhys was born and raised in Cardiff where he attended Ysgol Glantaf. He studied law at Oxford University and completed his Bar course at Cardiff University. He was awarded the Pantyfedwen Scholarship.

Rhys lives in Cardiff with his wife and their daughter.

Professional background

Prior to his election,  Rhys worked as a barrister for Iscoed Chambers, Swansea. He has practiced as a barrister since 2010.

He was appointed a First Tier Tribunal Judge in the Social Entitlement Chamber (2019 -2021)

He sat on the Advisory board of the Wales Governance Centre Justice and Jurisdiction project, was a Panel Member Welsh Government Public Law Scheme and a Law Lecturer at Swansea University from 2014-2019.

In 2018-19, Rhys undertook work with the Welsh Government as Head of Policy for the Commission on Justice in Wales chaired by Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, former Chief Justice of England and Wales.

Political history

In 2017, Rhys stood in the Cardiff Council election in the Canton ward, where he increased the Plaid Cymru vote from 910 to 2,105.

Since being elected, to the Senedd he has led and supported a number of prominent campaigns, such as calling for justice for those living in high rise flats in Cardiff Bay, a decent pension for 1950s born women and campaigned for a National Care System for Wales to complement the Welsh National Health Service.

Cross Party Membership

Rhys was elected chair of the cross party group on dementia on Wednesday 10 November 2021, with Jayne Bryant MS elected as deputy.


Terms of office

  1. 08/05/2021 -

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