Sargeant was a Member of the National Assembly for Wales between May 2003 and
November 2017 and represented Welsh Labour. This was his biography at the time
of his death.
Key interests and achievements
Football is a family interest
and Carl enjoys watching Newcastle FC and, at grassroots level, he is president
of FC Nomads of Connah’s Quay.
Carl has lived in Connah’s Quay
in his constituency all his life. He is married to Bernie and they have two
children, Lucy and Jack.
Before becoming an Assembly
Member in 2003 Carl worked at a leading chemical manufacturing plant and was a
quality and environmental auditor and industrial fire-fighter.
Carl is a campaigner against
domestic violence. Carl’s commitment to social justice was sparked after seeing
the devastation of his local community in the 1980s. Steelmaking ceased at
Shotton Steelworks and 6,500 people were made redundant overnight. This event,
along with local textile mill closures and the effects of the recession, left
the community reeling. At one point more than 30 per cent of local men were
It was in this context that
Carl witnessed the damaging impact of heavy drinking and domestic violence on
families locally. He is a tireless campaigner against domestic abuse,
championing the White Ribbon campaign and supporting the Shotton-based Domestic
Abuse Safety Unit.
He served on Connah’s Quay Town
Council and as governor of Deeside College and Ysgol Bryn Deva.
In the Third Assembly Carl
became the Labour Group’s Chief Whip and his first government post was as
Deputy Minister for Assembly Business. Since then he has held the posts of
Minister for Social Justice and Local Government; Minister for Local Government
and Communities; Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Minister for Natural
Resources and Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children.