Simon Thomas was first elected to the Assembly at the 2011 election as a regional member for Mid and West Wales. He topped the Mid and West list for May’s election and regained the seat in the 2016 elections.
He was Plaid Cymru MP for Ceredigion from 2000 to 2005.
Whilst in Parliament, he spoke for the party on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Transport, International Development, Energy, Culture Media and Sport.
He was also a member of the Environmental Audit Committee and became one of the longest serving members of that body, being recognised as a constant advocate for the environment and sustainable development.
He was a development manager for Technium in Pembrokeshire, before being appointed senior special advisor to the One Wales Government, advising the Deputy First Minister and other Plaid Cymru Ministers.
He is a member of the Children, Young People and Education Committee, and has served on the National Assembly’s Finance Committee; Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee.
He has been a member of Plaid Cymru’s strong Shadow Cabinet since 2014. During the 4th Assembly he was Shadow Minister for Education, Skills and the Welsh language. Simon also spoke for the party on Public Services and Local Government.
Simon Thomas regained his regional seat after the 2016 elections and has a new role in the main opposition. Simon is the Chief-Whip and the Shadow Spokesperson for Energy, Climate Change and Rural Affairs. He chairs the Finance Committee and also sits on the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee and the Business Committee.
He was educated at Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School; Aberystwyth University and intially trained as a librarian.
He is married and has two children. He enjoys walking, reading and spending time with the family.