Following the 2011 Assembly elections Rosemary was elected as the Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales.
Rosemary Butler has lived in Caerleon - part of the Newport West Constituency - for many years and attended St Julian's High School. Married to an artist/designer, she has two daughters and four grandchildren.
Rosemary joined the Labour Party in 1971 and two years later she was elected Labour councillor for Caerleon on Newport Borough Council, a position she held continuously until 1999.
While on the Council she served as Chair of the Leisure Services Committee for twelve years, Deputy Leader and Mayor of Newport (1989/1990).
She was elected as Newport West’s first Member of the National Assembly for Wales in May 1999 and re-elected in each subsequent Assembly election.
Rosemary was appointed to the first National Assembly cabinet with responsibility for pre-16 Education and Children. During the Assembly’s second term she chaired the Culture, Welsh Language and Sport Committee and was the Assembly’s Representative on the European Union’s Committee of the Regions.
In May 2007 Rosemary was elected to the position of Deputy Presiding Officer by a unanimous vote of Assembly Members. In addition she represented the Assembly on the British Irish Parliamentary Association and CALRE (Speakers of Legislative Bodies in the European Union) and became Vice President of the Wales Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
Prior to dissolution she was Chair of the Assembly’s Legislation (1) Committee which scrutinised proposals to introduce Assembly measures.
Apart from her family, her other interests range from museums and art galleries, concerts and opera, foreign travel and family history.