First Minister of Wales

leader of the Welsh Government

The First Minister of Wales (Welsh: Prif Weinidog Cymru) is the leader of the Welsh Government. Wales' government is devolved, meaning it can make decisions on certain laws in Wales (any other laws are decided by the UK Government in Westminster). It was established in 1999.

First Minister of Wales
Prif Weinidog Cymru
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Mark Drakeford

since 13 December 2018
StyleThe Right Honourable
AppointerElizabeth II of the United Kingdom
Term lengthWhile commanding the confidence of the National Assembly for Wales
Inaugural holderAlun Edward Michael
Formation12 May 1999

The First Minister has several responsibilities:

  • Managing the Cabinet of the Welsh Government
  • Creating and co-ordinating government policy
  • Wales' relationship with the rest of the United Kingdom, and other countries
  • Staffing at the Welsh Government

The office of the First Minister is in Tŷ Hywel, and at the Senedd building in Cardiff. An office is also kept at the Crown Buildings, Cathays Park, Cardiff. The current First Minister, since 2018, is Mark Drakeford. The longest-serving First Minister was Rhodri Morgan.

List of First Secretaries and First MinistersEdit

First SecretariesEdit

First MinistersEdit

  • Rhodri Morgan (16 October 2000–10 December 2009)
  • Carwyn Jones (10 December 2009 - 12 December 2018)
  • Mark Drakeford (since 13 December 2018)