Party: Plaid Cymru
Region: Mid and West Wales
Born in 1966, Elin Jones was raised on a farm in Llanwnnen, near Lampeter. She attended Llanwnnen Primary School and Lampeter High School. After graduating in Cardiff University with a BSc in Economics she was awarded an MSc from Aberystwyth University in Rural Economics.
Elin has worked as an Economic Development Officer for the Rural Wales Development Board. She has also been director of Radio Ceredigion and the Wes Glei Cyf television production company.
Elin served on the Aberystwyth Town Council from 1992 to 1999 and became Aberystwyth's youngest mayor in 1997-98. Elin was also Plaid Cymru's National Chair between 2000 and 2002.
She lives in Aberystwyth and enjoys music, film and reading and was also a member of Cwlwm, a Welsh music group. She is also a member of Aberystwyth's ABC choir. In 2009, Elin received success winning the Britain's Farming Champion Award by the Farmers Weekly as well as Assembly Member of the Year.
Elin was elected to the Assembly in May 1999 and served as Shadow Economic Development Minister during the Assembly’s first term. Following the Assembly election in 2003, she retained this portfolio until 2006 when she became Shadow Minister for Environment, Planning and Countryside. On 9 July 2007 the One Wales Government was formed and Elin was made Minister for Rural Affairs.