|Member of the Senedd |
for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
|Assumed office |
6 May 2016
|Preceded by||Huw Lewis|
Dawn Alison Louise Bowden
14 February 1960
|Education||St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School |
Soundwell Technical College
Early life and education
Bowden was born on 14 February 1960 in Bristol, England. She was educated at St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School, a state-funded Catholic school in Bristol. Then, from 1976 to 1978, she undertook a secretarial course at Soundwell Technical College.
In February 2016, it was announced that Bowden had been selected from an all-women shortlist to be the Welsh Labour candidate for the Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency seat in the next Welsh Assembly election. The all-women shortlist was controversial; it drew criticism from a number of male councillors, including the leader of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council. On 5 May 2016, she was elected a Member of the Welsh Assembly with 9,763 votes (47.2% of votes cast).
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