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.
Following that 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 2009.