Lord Michael German OBE was the former leader of the Liberal Democrats group on Cardiff City Council for 12 years between 1983 and 1995, elected to represent South Wales East in the first ever elections for the National Assembly for Wales in 1999.
In 2000 he took the party into a coalition government, holding the post of deputy first minister, as well as various ministerial portfolios including the economy, Europe and rural affairs. He led the party in the National Assembly until December 2008.
In 2007, he became the overall leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, a post usually reserved for a Westminster based MP. German joined the House of Lords in 2010, and serves on its EU Single Market Sub Committee, and has now been elected as Treasurer of the party.