29 September 1939
6,837 in the 2003 Welsh Assembly elections
Rhodri Morgan became First Minister of Wales on his third attempt
after being defeated firstly by Ron Davies and then by Alun Michael
following Davies' resignation. He has an unique style and was
likened by one journalist as having "the air of a mad professor."
Morgan was educated at Whitchurch Grammar School, St John's College
Oxford and Harvard University. He started his career working as a
Civil Servant before being appointed the Head of the European
Commission Office in Cardiff, a post he held from 1980 till 1987.
was elected in 1987 as MP for Cardiff West and was appointed as
Labour's spokesman on Energy a year later and then on Welsh Affairs
from 1992 - 1997. To the surprise of many commentators Morgan was
left out of the Welsh Office team after the Labour Party took office
eloquent and witty Commons performer, he was appointed as Chair of
the Select Committee on Public Administration in 1997 and elected
the Chair of the Welsh Group of Labour MP in 1998.
was elected to the Welsh Assembly in the 1999 elections as the
member for Cardiff West and was the only Labour Candidate to
actually increase the Labour Vote in his constituency since the 1997
Following Ron Davies' resignation Morgan was clear favourite to
succeed him but lost out when Alun Michael controversially secured
the Union block vote in the Labour Electoral College system despite
Morgan winning the Party Member vote by 2-1. He was appointed
Economic Development Secretary in Alun Michael's first Cabinet.
When Michael himself resigned Rhodri Morgan was elected as the sole
candidate for Labour's candidate for First Minister.
Morgan made radical changes by entering into a coalition with the
Welsh Liberal Democrats and changing the title of his role from
First Secretary to First Minister.
led Labour into the 2003 Welsh Assembly elections where he
increased Labour's seats to 30 and overturned Plaid majorities in
traditional Labour seats such as Islwyn, Rhondda and Llanelli.
Rhodri Morgan was re-elected First Secretary of the Assembly on 7