The Honourable Andrew Michael Holness, Jamaica’s ninth Prime Minister.
The Honourable Andrew Michael Holness, M.P.
The Honourable Andrew Michael Holness was Jamaica’s ninth Prime Minister and served from October 23, 2011 to December 28, 2011. Mr. Holness took office following his endorsement as Leader of the JLP. He succeeded the Hon. Bruce Golding. He is now the Prime Minister elect after the Jamaica Labour Party won the 2016 elections. He is Jamaica's youngest Prime Minister, taking office in 2011 at 39 years old, and will be sworn in again at age 43. He is also the first Jamaican head of Government to be born after the country gained Independence in 1962.
Mr. Holness was born on July 22, 1972 to civil servant, Mrs. Carol Harvey Williams and farmer, Morris Holness in Spanish Town, St. Catherine. He has two sisters and three brothers.
Mr. Holness served as Executive Director in the Voluntary Organization for the Upliftment of Children (VOUCH) from 1994 to 1996 and then joined the Premium Group of Companies, where he was special assistant to former Prime Minister, Most Hon. Edward Seaga.
In 1997, he became Member of Parliament for West Central St. Andrew and served as Opposition Spokesperson on Land and Development from 1999 to 2002. In 2002, he shadowed the portfolio of Housing, and then Education in 2005.
He was sworn in as Minister of Education in September 2007 following the victory of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in the General Election that year. As Prime Minister he chose to retain the education portfolio.
Mr. Holness is married to Juliet and they have two children.
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