BERMUDA

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Address: Session House 21 Parliament Street,Hamilton HM 12
Phone: (+1 441)2927408
Fax: (+1 441)2922006
Email: smwolffe@gov.bm
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Bermuda’s Parliament is 389 years old. It is now the oldest in the Commonwealth outside the British Isles. The first elected Assembly was convened in St. Peter 's Church St. George’ s on 1 August 1620. 

In 1815, when the capital of the island was moved from St. George’s to the city of Hamilton Parliament followed. Parliament moved to its current location at The Sessions House in 1826. 

The Bermuda Parliament is modeled on the bicameral Westminster system, with an Upper House and Lower House. The House of Assembly is the lower House where the elected members serve; while the Senate is the upper House where the appointed members serve.

The House of Assembly consists of 36 elected members each elected in a single seat constituency. The eleven members of the Senate are appointed to their offices by His Excellency the Governor. Three members are appointed by the Governor acting in his discretion, five members are appointed in accordance with the advice of the Premier and three members in accordance with the advice of the Opposition Leader. 

The Premier along with a maximum of 11 other elected members and or a maximum of two appointed members comprises the Cabinet. The Cabinet must include one appointed member (that is one appointed member from the Senate). Under the Westminster system of collective responsibility the Cabinet (or Executive Arm) runs the country while the ultimate authority rests with the Parliament and in the case of this Overseas Territory with the Governor, who is the Queen’s Representative. 

Seat of Parliament: Hamilton
Population: 65,365
Constitution: British Overseas Territory
CPA Branch formed: 1928
Date of First Parliament: 1 August, 1820
Voting Age: 18 years

Political Party Distribution

Progressive Labour Party: 22 Seats
United Bermuda Party: 12 seats
Independent: 2 seats 
Date of Last Election; December 18, 2007

 


Officers of the Branch

Senator The Honourable Carol Ann Bassett, JP
CPA Office: Branch Joint President
Parliamentary Office: President of the Senate

Honourable Stanley W. Lowe, OBE, JP, MP 
CPA Office: Branch Joint President
Parliamentary Office: Speaker of the House of Assembly 

The Hon. Paula Cox, MP 
CPA Office: Branch Joint Vice President
Parliamentary Office: Premier

Honourable H. Kim Swan, JP, MP
CPA Office: Branch Joint Vice President
Parliamentary Office: Leader of the Opposition

Mrs. Shernette M. A. Wolffe
CPA Office: Branch Secretary
Parliamentary Office: Clerk to the Legislature

LIST OF PARLIAMENTARIANS

Government

Minister of Education 

Hon. Dame Jennifer Smith (PLP)  

UBP Leader

Kim Swan (UBP) 

Government Whip

Lovitta Foggo (PLP)  

Backbencher

Hon. Derrick Burgess (PLP) 

Minister of Business Development & Tourism

Hon. Wayne Furbert (PLP) 

Backbencher

Darius Tucker (PLP)   

Minister of Economy, Trade, Industry 

Hon. Patrice Minors (PLP)  

Minister of Youth, Families & Sports

Hon. Glenn Blakeney (PLP) 

Premier & Minister of Finance

Hon. Paula Cox (PLP)  

Minister of Transportation

Hon. Walter Roban (PLP)  

Minister of Public Works

Hon. Michael Weeks (PLP)  

Minister of National Security

Hon. Wayne Perinchief (PLP)    

Backbencher

Hon. Neletha Butterfield (PLP)    

Backbencher

Ashfield DeVent (PLP)  

Backbencher

Hon. W. Alexander Scott (PLP)  

Backbencher

Hon. Dale Butler (PLP)   

Minister of Environment, Planning & *Infrast.

Hon. Marc Bean (PLP)   

Backbencher

Hon. Elvin James (PLP)   

Speaker of the House of Assembly

Hon. Stanley Lowe (PLP) 

Minister of Health

Hon. Zane DeSilva (PLP)  

Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly

Hon. Randolph Horton (PLP)  

Backbencher

Hon. Terry Lister (PLP)   

Backbencher

Hon. Walter Lister (PLP)   

Backbencher

Hon. Dennis Lister (PLP) 

Minister of Government Estates

Hon. Michael Scott (PLP) 

Backbencher

Charles Swan , JP, MP (UBP) 

Opposition

Shadow Minister of Community Development

Donte Hunt (OBA) 

Shadow Minister of Government Estates 

N. Cole Simons (OBA)    

Shadow Attorney General

Trevor Moniz (OBA)  

Shadow Minister of Finance

E. T. Bob Richards (OBA)  

Opposition Leader 

Craig Cannonier (OBA)   

Shadow Whip

Shawn Crockwell (OBA)   

Spokesperson for Seniors & Social Services

Louise Jackson (OBA)  

Shadow Minister of Education

Hon. Grant Gibbons (OBA)   

Shadow Minister of Transport

Patricia Gordon Pamplin (OBA)    

Shadow Minister of Public Works 

Mark Pettingill (OBA)   

SENATORS

Hon. Carolanne M. Bassett (IND) 

President of the Senate

Joan E. Dillas-Wright (IND)  

Vice - President of the Senate

Michael M. Fahy (OBA) 

Shadow Minister for Environment, Planning and Infrastructure Strategy

Diallo Rabain (PLP) 

Junior Minister of Education &Youth, Families and Sport

James S. Jardine (IND) 

Independent Member of the Senate 

Toni Daniels (OBA) 

Shadow Minister of Youth, Families and Sport 

Michael H. Dunkley (OBA)  

Shadow Minister of Health

Jonathan D. Smith (PLP)  

Junior Minister of National Security & Transportation 

Hon. Kim N. Wilson (PLP) 

Attorney General

Edward David Burt (PLP) 

Junior Minister of Finance & Environment, Planning and Infrastructure Strategy

A.L. Vince Ingham (PLP) 

Junior Minister of Business Development & Tourism; Health & Public Works