Clwyd South Assembly Member Karen Sinclair has been appointed to Rhodri Morgan's cabinet, bringing north Wales representation to the new administration.
Karen Sinclair will be Minister for Assembly Business
Mrs Sinclair, who acted as Labour's chief whip in the first assembly term, has been appointed by Rhodri Morgan to his new cabinet as minister for assembly business.
Mrs Sinclair joins Clwyd West AM Alun Pugh in representing the north in the new all-Labour cabinet.
In her first term, Mrs Sinclair was a relatively low-profile AM - her most notable contribution was her work as chair of the assembly group on deaf and hearing issues.
She held her seat in the election comfortably with a majority of 2,891.
Speaking about her appointment, Mrs Sinclair told BBC Wales she accepted there was a perception in north Wales that the assembly was not working for it.
However, she added she did not think the assembly had short-changed the north at all.
Mrs Sinclair, 50, was born in Wrexham in 1952 where she attended the Grove Park Girls School.
She worked in the youth service for 14 years and as a manager in social services for adults with learning disabilities for a further 12 years.
For seven years, she served as a member for the Glyndwr District Council and then for Denbighshire County Council until being elected to the assembly in May 1999.
Her political interests lie in the areas of agriculture, rural affairs, health, social services, education and equal opportunities.
Outside the assembly, she spends a lot of her leisure time horse riding.
She is to continue with her role as the Labour assembly group's chief whip.
Mrs Sinclair is married with two grown-up children and lives in Llangollen.
However, she is not the first AM from north Wales to hold a cabinet portfolio in Wales.
Tom Middlehurst, the former Alyn and Deeside AM, was the Post-16 Education Committee Secretary before Jane Davidson took over as education minister.