The Most Honourable Portia Simpson-Miller, O.N., M.P.
The Most. Hon. Portia Simpson Miller was Jamaica’s seventh Prime Minister and is also Jamaica’s first female Prime Minister. She served from March 31, 2006 to September 10, 2007 and was elected to office on December 29, 2011. She was installed on January 05, 2012 and served until 3 March 2016.
Mrs. Simpson Miller was born on December 12,1945 in Wood Hall, St. Catherine.
Portia Simpson Miller served for 17 years as a Cabinet Minister with portfolio responsibility for Labour and Social Security, Tourism, Local Government, Community Development and Sport, at different times. She was conferred with the Order of the Nation in May 2006.
Mrs. Simpson Miller was the leader of the People’s National Party from 2006 to 2017 and the Leader of the Opposition twice, from 2007 to 2012 and from 2016 to 2017.
In March 2007, Mrs. Simpson Miller was awarded the International Olympic Committee’s World Women and Sport Trophy for her outstanding dedication to women in Jamaican sports – both athletes and administrators.
As Minister of Labour and Welfare, she presided over a significant expansion of Jamaica’s Overseas Work Programme and under her watch; the National Insurance Scheme was transformed into a major component of the government’s social protection system.
She was also instrumental in establishing a Labour Chair in the University of the West Indies, Department of Government.
Mrs. Simpson Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration, an Honorary Doctorate from the Union Institute and University (UI&U), Florida and has participated in the Leaders in Development Executive Programme at the JFK School of Government, Harvard University.
She is married to businessman, Errald Miller, a former telecoms executive with Cable & Wireless Jamaica
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