Byron Davies has become a peer.
The chairman of the Welsh Conservatives, has been nominated by Theresa May in the Resignation Honours List to the House of Lords. Mrs May stepped down as PM in the summer.
Mr Davies responded to the announcement earlier via Twitter.
Next year Mr Davies will complete fifty years of public service.
He told us: "It means an awful lot to me. It came as a complete surprise to be asked, literally out of the blue. I was asked if I would accept it. Then of course you have to keep quiet about it. I had several weeks of itching to want to tell someone, but I couldn't. I was told it was a secret - I couldn't mention it to anyone.
"As a proud Welshman, as a proud boy from Gower I want to take this forward to represent the people of Wales at that higher level."
No time scale has been given as to when Byron Davies will take his seat.
With weeks to the Brexit deadline Mr Davies said what an interesting time to enter the Lords: "I look forward to playing a part in that and making sure the people who voted for this - the 17 million plus have their voice properly heard and will succeed in getting Brexit through."
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Councillor Lyndon Jones, Leader of the Conservative Group on the City and County of Swansea Council is among those paying tribute saying: “I am thrilled that my good friend Byron Davies, is to be made a Peer and elevated to House of Lords in former Prime Minister, Theresa May’s Resignation Honours List.
“This is something so many local people will welcome. As our former MP, he always championed Gower wherever he was and will now be a great ambassador for the area in the House of Lords.
“I am delighted for both Byron and his wife Gill.”
Leader of the Welsh Conservative Group, Paul Davies AM, said: “I’m delighted that Byron’s hard work has been recognised today.
“As a loyal Welsh Conservative and a true friend to Wales, he will no doubt continue to serve his country with passion and devotion in the House of Lords.
“I wish Byron the very best as he begins this new appointment. Llongyfarchiadau mawr.”