Wales has 18 new Members of the Senedd.

We already knew there would be eight new politicians appointed after previous MSs announced they would not seek re-election. Those include former First Minister Carwyn Jones and Liberal Democrat Kirsty Williams, who served as Mark Drakeford's education minister.

There are new MSs on both constituency and regional lists. They include former party staff members, councillors, a journalist and former MP.

The largest contingent are the eight Conservatives who make up half of the Tory group in the Senedd, Plaid has six new members who will make up just under half of its 13-strong group while Labour has three new members and Plaid one.

See how we covered the election counts live with all the reaction as it came in. And see all the constituency and regional results from around Wales on our dedicated results page.

Rhys ab Owen - Plaid Cymru, South Wales Central

Rhys ab Owen

A barrister who decided to stand in Cardiff West after Plaid Cymru expelled Neil McEvoy, Rhys ab Owen went to Ysgol Glantaf in Cardiff and read law at Oxford University.

He lives in Canton with wife Manon and baby daughter Esther. His father was former regional MS Owen John Thomas.

Natasha Asghar - Conservative, South Wales East

Natasha Asghar

Ms Asghar is the daughter of the late Welsh Conservative MS for South Wales East Mohammad Asghar. She previously worked for her father at his regional office in Newport and she also had a career as a TV presenter.

She is the first woman from an ethnic minority background to be elected to the Senedd since it was created in 1999.

Cefin Campbell - Plaid Cymru, Mid and West Wales

A county councillor since 2012, Mr Campbell lives with his family in the Tywi Valley.

He runs his own business which has advised some of Wales’ foremost public bodies including Welsh Government, numerous local authorities, universities, health boards and S4C.

Gareth Davies - Conservative, Vale of Clwyd

Gareth Davies, 32, lives in Prestatyn and is a town and county councillor. He is a physiotherapist for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

The Conservative candidate got 5% more of the vote for the party compared to 2016.

Labour's Ann Jones had decided not to stand again, so he was battling Labour's Jason McLellan who came 366 votes behind.

Speaking after his victory, Gareth Davies, new MS for Vale of Clwyd: "It's been a bit of a rollercoaster, the election day and the count, it's a precarious role, politics. I'm glad we got over the line and I'm happy to have the opportunity to represent my home constituency in the Vale of Clwyd.

"It gives me more determination to work harder and prove myself to the Vale of Clwyd over the next five years".

Mr Davies, 32, said he was a "small boy" when the Senedd was established in 1999 but is now delighted to get the chance to do the "best I can".

Jane Dodds - Lib Dem, Mid and West Wales

Jane Dodds, 57, who was very briefly the MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, has returned to elected office, and kept Lib Dem hopes alive. Ms Dodds won the Brecon seat in August 2019 in a by-election only to lose it four months later.

She has stood for the party a number of times across the UK and has also worked as a social worker.

James Evans - Conservative, Brecon and Radnorshire

James Evans

Conservative James Evans won the Senedd seat of Brecon and Radnorshire, replacing Kirsty Williams who had represented the seat since 1999, had chosen not to stand for re-election.

He has lived in Brecon and Radnorshire all his life and comes from a farming family and is involved with the family business selling local produce based in Bwlch.

I like going to the gym, playing sport, and walking in our fantastic countryside with my wife Rachel and our dog Daisy.

He has been a councillor for Gwernyfed ward and a former cabinet member with Powys County Council.

Luke Fletcher - Plaid Cymru, South Wales West

Luke Fletcher

Luke Fletcher stood for Ogmore in the General Election in 2019, giving him a good run up to this Senedd election.

He is 25, was born in Pencoed, and went to Cardiff University for his degree and masters degree and worked in a bar in the hospitality sector for just shy of five years before becoming an economy and finance researcher..

Peter Fox - Conservative, Monmouth

Peter Fox

The leader of Monmouthshire council for 13 years he is married to Joanne and they have four grown up children and seven grandchildren. He is a livestock farmer and past dairy farmer who has lived in Monmouthshire for 40 years.

Heledd Fychan - Plaid Cymru, South Wales Central

Heledd Fychan

Aged 40, Ms Fychan lives in Pontypridd with her husband and seven-year-old son.

Originally from Anglesey, she studied at Trinity College Dublin before moving to London to work for the Plaid Cymru group at Westminster.

Since 2009 she has worked for a cultural organisation in Wales and was subsequently elected to the board of the Museums Association. In May 2017 she was elected to represent Pontypridd Town ward on Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council and Pontypridd Town Council.

Tom Giffard - Conservative, South Wales West

Tom Giffard is leader of the Conservative group on Bridgend council. His Linkedin profile says he is also a campaign manager for the Conservative party and former Domino's staff member.

Peredur Owen Gruffydd - Plaid Cymru, South Wales East

Peredur Owen Griffiths

The son of a minister he grew up in a number of places including Carmarthenshire, Ynys Môn, Vale of Clwyd and Flintshire.

He began his career in the financial sector, first as a bank manager for Santander before moving on to Principality Building Society, then working with Christian Aid, the Board of Directors for Displaced People in Action, a charity working to place refugees, and finally to Cytûn: Churches together in Wales.

He unsuccessfully stood as a candidate in Blaenau Gwent in 2021.

Joel James - Conservative, South Wales Central

Joel James

Joel James is a councillor on the Llantwit Fardre ward on RCT council and leader of the Welsh Conservative group on the council. His LinkedIn page says he has previously worked in Westminster and Cardiff Bay as a caseworker and an "advisor administrator" for a financial adviser. He also studied at Cardiff University and the University of Bristol, according to his profile.

Samuel Kurtz - Conservative, Carmarthen West

Mr Kurtz, a county councillor, was born in Haverfordwest and grew up on the family farm.

He went to local schools before studying politics at university in Bristol. Mr Kurtz, a Welsh speaker, moved home to be a reporter for local newspapers before being elected as a councillor in 2017. He is a cricket and rugby player and is vice-chairman of Pembrokeshire Young Farmers' Club.

Sarah Murphy - Labour, Bridgend

A former Labour party staffer, Ms Murphy replaces Carwyn Jones as MS for Bridgend. She lives in the constituency with her partner Alex.

She is a university data researcher whose dad, Jim, was a teacher who went to Archbishop McGrath Secondary School and mam, is a social worker from the Rhondda Valleys.

Carolyn Thomas - Labour, North Wales

Carolyn Thomas

A married mum-of-three, she is deputy leader of Flintshire council. She is also a member of North Wales regional groups relating to the environment and transport and am a member of the Welsh Local Government Association.

Sam Rowlands - Conservative, North Wales

Sam Rowlands

Sam Rowlands is a county councillor on Conwy council, where he is leader of the council. He is a married father who is trustee of Gwrych Castle and Festival Church.

Buffy Williams - Labour, Rhondda

Mrs Williams, from Williamstown is a well-known figure in the community having set up Canolfan Pentre.

She has worked in the third sector for 20 years, and launched her own charity in 2016 to help the local community. She has also been actively involved in major campaigns in the Rhondda, including saving the local A&E in the Royal Glamorgan, and helping in response to the floods caused by Storm Dennis.

Sioned Williams - Plaid Cymru, South Wales West

Sioned Williams

Sioned Williams is a former BBC journalist who went on to work at Swansea University organising public events and community courses on Welsh history, culture and literature.