William Graham has served as Assembly Member for the South Wales East region since the formation of the Assembly in 1999. He was an Assembly Commissioner between 2007 and 2011.

He has previously held the Local Government, Social Justice and Education portfolios, and was Leader of the Conservative Group on Newport Council until June 2004.

Born in 1949, William is married and has three children. He is the sixth generation principal of a family firm of surveyors established in Newport in 1844.

He is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and has been Chairman of Newport Harbour Commission and Rougemont School Trust, Newport. A member of numerous organisations, he has been on the Listed Building Advisory Committee and the Rent Assessment Committee for Wales.