Mick Antoniw is the Welsh Labour & Cooperative Assembly Member for Pontypridd.
I have served the people of Pontypridd and Taff Ely as their Assembly Member since 2011, having been re-elected in 2016. In June 2016 I was appointed Counsel General for Wales. As the Welsh Government’s Law Officer, I am the Welsh Government’s chief legal advisor and represents it in the courts.
In my constituency AM role, my focus is on ensuring fairness and social justice for working people and improving infrastructure, particularly in respect of transport. I engage as widely as possible across my constituency and have been pleased to help many individuals and groups make improvements in their local area.
My wife Elaine and I had been married for over 30 years when she died suddenly in April 2015. We had three fantastic children together, two of whom are grown up and one is in college. The other family member is Pebbles; she’s a Bisson Frise and a real character. Over the years Elaine and I fostered a number of children together.
I was brought up in Reading and moved to Wales to study law at Cardiff University in 1973. I love Wales and it’s where I met Elaine, so I’ve lived here ever since. My father was a refugee from Ukraine after the war and he taught me Ukrainian, which I speak fluently. I continue to take Welsh lessons whenever I can and whilst I’m really enjoying it, I’m still some way from being fluent in three languages!
Before being elected as an AM in 201I was a partner at Trade Union solicitors Thompsons, where I regularly represented people Pontypridd and across Rhondda Cynon Taf. My casework took me to the collieries at Nantgarw and Cwm, South Wales Forgemasters and Brown Lenox amongst others, and as a result I have lived through the many changes in the constituency over the years.
After qualifying in 1980, I specialised in spinal and head injuries and corporate manslaughter. I’m a visiting fellow of the University of South Wales in Treforest. I’ve also lectured widely across Wales, the UK and internationally in the field of health and safety and law reform.
During the fourth Assembly (2011 – 2016) I sat on the Assembly’s Enterprise and Business Committee and Environment and Sustainability Committee; and was Chair of the Standards of Conduct Committee. I continue to participate in a number of cross-party groups.
From 2012 – 2015 I represented the Welsh Government on the European Union Committee of the Regions.
From 1977 to 1979, I was President of the National Union of Students (Wales) and shortly after, from 1981 to 1989 I was a member of South Glamorgan County Council.
I was a founder member of the Bevan Foundation and a former trustee of the Welsh Refugee Council. I am Vice President of the Brynsadler Community Trust in Pontyclun and a Trustee of Beddau-based youth counselling charity Eye-to-eye. I’m also a member of Welsh Labour Grassroots, the Co-operative Party, GMB and the Musicians Union.