Dafydd Elis Elis-Thomas, Baron Elis-Thomas PC AM, (born 18 October 1946) is a Welsh politician and is current Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales. He is a member of the House of Lords, a former leader of Plaid Cymru and was made a privy counsellor in 2004.
He was born in the Priory Hospital in Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire and brought up in the Llandysul area of Ceredigion, and, later, in Llanrwst in the Conwy Valley.
In 1970 he married Elen M. Williams and had three sons. The marriage was later dissolved, and from the mid-1980s until 1992 his partner was Marjorie Thompson, the chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). In 1993 he married Mair Parry Jones, who is head of the translation department at the National Assembly. He currently lives in Llandaff in Cardiff (when working at the National Assembly) and Betws-y-Coed (in his constituency).
He was the chair of the Welsh Language Board between 1994 and 1999, and is a former member of the Arts Council of Wales and the British Film Institute where he was Chair of Screen between 1992 and 1999. He was also a director and vice-chair of Cynefin Environmental Ltd. between 1992 and 1999. A former university lecturer, he has also been the president of Bangor University since 2000, as well as currently being a member of the governing body of the Church in Wales.
Having served as Member of Parliament for the Meirionnydd Westminster constituency between 1974 and 1983, initially as the "Baby of the House", and the Meirionnydd Nant Conwy Westminster constituency since 1983, he was made a life peer in 1992, and changed his surname from Thomas to Elis-Thomas by deed poll, enabling him to take the title Baron Elis-Thomas, of Nant Conwy in the County of Gwynedd.
National Assembly for Wales
As of 2007, Elis-Thomas is also a member and the Presiding Officer (i.e. speaker, ambassador and signer of legislation) of the National Assembly for Wales, where he represented the Meirionnydd Nant Conwy Assembly constituency from 1999 until the 2007 election, and then the Dwyfor Meirionnydd constituency. He has held the position of Presiding Officer since the Assembly's inception in 1999.