Jane was born and raised in a Welsh-speaking family in Wrexham, North Wales. She attended Ysgol Morgan Llwyd before studying social care at Cardiff University.
After finishing her education, Jane became a child protection social worker for 27 years, working to protect vulnerable children at home and abroad.
In November 2012, Jane returned to Wales and moved to Welshpool to help care for her elderly mother who was suffering with dementia.
Jane later moved from Welshpool to Hay-on-Wye with her husband Patrick.
Jane was elected as the Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats November 2017 and as a Senedd Member for Mid & West Wales region (covering Powys, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and part of Gwynedd) in May 2021.
She had previoulsy served as the Member of the UK Parliament for Brecon and Radnorshire.
Jane has a particular interest in the environment, children's wellbeing and the rural economy.
Recent years have shown just how fragile our society is, and how many people are being left behind by the status quo.
This cannot go on.
I want to see us change Wales for the better, to build back better from the pandemic and reform our society so that we give everyone the support they need to grow and thrive.
To do this, we must Demand Better. Now is not the time for squabbling, now is the time to work together to create that fairer society we all want to see.
Wales needs a new way of living. That means we need to be caring & compassionate and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to prosper and better their lives.
By working together, we can break the cycle of ingrained poverty in our communities, address the climate emergency, and help everyone to live better and healthier lives.
I want us to put social justice at the heart of everything we do, ensuring we are at the forefront of the fight to build a green economy for the future and that we fix our social safety net so everyone gets the help and support they need.
We also need to look at ways we can do things differently. That is why I want to see us follow in the footsteps of Spain and Germany and look at free public transport, I want to see us rebuild economic links witht the EU and see us save NHS dentistry from exctinction.
Now is not the time for the status quo, its the time for new and radical ideas to lift Wales out of a vicious cycle of poverty.
If you believe in this vision for Wales, and believe we must Demand Better than the status quo, then join us.
Jane Dodds MS
Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats