Rebecca Evans (politician)


Rebecca Mary Evans (born 2 August 1976) is a Welsh Labour Co-operative politician serving as Minister for Finance and Trefnydd (Leader) of the Senedd since 2018, and has served as Member of the Senedd (MS) for Gower since 2016.[1] She was previously the member for Mid and West Wales from 2011 to 2016.

Rebecca Evans

Rebecca Evans in 2016
Minister for Finance
Assumed office
13 December 2018
First MinisterMark Drakeford
Preceded byMark Drakeford
Trefnydd of the Senedd
Assumed office
13 December 2018
First MinisterMark Drakeford
Preceded byJulie James
Member of the Senedd
for Gower
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Preceded byEdwina Hart
Majority1,829 (6.1%)
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Mid and West Wales
In office
5 May 2011  6 May 2016
Preceded byAlun Davies
Succeeded byEluned Morgan
Personal details
Born (1976-08-02) 2 August 1976 (age 43)[citation needed]
Bridgend, Wales
Political partyWelsh Labour
Alma materUniversity of Leeds

In 2014 she was appointed as the Deputy Minister for Farming and Food in the Welsh Government. Following the 2016 election she became Minister for Social Care and Public Health and was moved to become Minister for Housing and Regeneration in November 2017.[2]

Early life


Evans obtained a BA degree in History at the University of Leeds.[1] She then attended Sidney Sussex College at the University of Cambridge where she received an MPhil degree in Historical Studies.[1]

Career before election


Evans worked as Policy and Public Affairs Officer for a national charity representing disabled people and their families. She is also a former Welsh Labour Organiser for Mid and West Wales, and a former Senior Researcher and Communications Officer for an Assembly Member.

Assembly work


Evans was elected in 2011, as one of the four regional MSs representing Mid and West Wales in the Senedd.[3] At the 2016 election she was elected as the member for the Gower Constituency.

Between her election in 2011 and her promotion to ministerial office Evans served on the National Assembly for Wales’ Environment and Sustainable Development Committee and its Common Agricultural Policy Task and Finish Group, the Heath and Social Care Committee, and the Children, Young People and Education Committee. She has also served as chair of the Cross party group on Nursing and midwifery, the cross party group on mental health and was the co-chair of the cross party group on disability.

Ministerial career


On 8 July 2014 she was appointed as the Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries in the Welsh Government,[4] in a minor reshuffle following the sacking of Alun Davies.[5] By September 2014 her role was renamed Deputy Minister for Farming and Food.[6][7] After the 2016 election, she was appointed Minister for Social Care and Public Health. She was further reshuffled in November 2017 to the new role of Minister for Housing and Regeneration.[8]

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