Jamaican Prime Ministers -
Leaders Since 1962

Jamaican Prime Ministers have served collectively for over 50 years. Over that period of time, from 1962 until now (2012), only one (1) female has been awarded the honour of that title. That is our current Prime Minister -

The Most. Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, O.N., M.P.

Since Jamaica gained independence in August 1962 we have seen the likes of nine (9) Prime Ministers. Some would say it is ten (10) because of Norman Manley.

However, Norman Manley was our FIRST and ONLY Premier.

This is because he served from July 1959 to July 1962, which was one month before we gained full independence, (August 1962).

Most people are only interested in those Prime Ministers serving since Jamaica's independence, but I have included The Right Excellent Norman Washington Manley, M.M., Q.C., B.C.L., LLD (Hon.) in the mix because of his significant contribution to Jamaica before the full independence of 1962.

Here is a list of ALL the Jamaican Prime Ministers from Norman Manley, our first premier, to Portia Simpson-Miller, our present or current leader:

A List Jamaican Prime Ministers

The Right Excellent Norman Washington Manley
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1. Norman Manley

He is The Right Excellent Norman Washington Manley, M.M., Q.C., B.C.L., LLD (Hon.)

Yes, all those letters to show how honorary he was.

He was Jamaica's first and ONLY Premier serving from pre-independence July 1959 – July 1962.
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The Most Honourable Sir Donald Burns Sangster
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2. Donald Sangster

He is The Most Honourable Sir Donald Burns Sangster, ON, KCVO

He was the second and shortest reigning prime minister of Jamaica having served between February 22, 1967 and April 11, 1967 inclusive.
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The Right Excellent Sir William Alexander Bustamante
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3. Alexander Bustamante

He is The Right Excellent Sir William Alexander Bustamante, G.B.E., LL.D (Hon.)

He was Jamaica's first Prime Minister because he served from the day we attained independence on August 6, 1962 until February 27, 1967.
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The Most Honourable Hugh Lawson Shearer
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4. Hugh Shearer

He is The Most Honourable Hugh Lawson Shearer, ON,OJ.

He was Jamaica's third Prime Minister between April 11, 1967 and March 2, 1972.
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The Most Honourable Michael Norman Manley
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5. Michael Manley

He is The Most Honourable Michael Norman Manley, ON, OM, OCC

Michael was named the fourth Prime Minister of Jamaica. He served for two terms. His first being from March 2, 1972 to November 4, 1980, and his second being from February 13, 1989 to March 30, 1992.
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The Most Honourable Edward Phillip George Seaga
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6. Edward Seaga

He is The Most Honourable Edward Phillip George Seaga, ON, P.C., LL.D. (Hon.)

He is the fifth of the Jamaican Prime Ministers serving between the period of November 4, 1980 and February 13, 1989.
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The Most Honourable Percival Noel James Patterson
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7. P.J. Patterson

He is The Most Honourable Percival Noel James Patterson, ON, OCC, PC, QC

He was named Jamaica's Sixth Prime Minister serving between the period of March 30, 1992 and March 30, 2006.
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The Honourable Orette Bruce Golding
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8. Bruce Golding

He is The Most Honourable Orette Bruce Golding. Jamaica's eighth Prime Minister serving from September 11, 2007 to 2011.

Mr. Golding was born on December 5, 1947. His education started at Alpha Primary School during the years of 1955 and 1957. <continue reading>

The Honourable Andrew Michael Holness
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9. Andrew Holness

He is The Most Honourable Andrew Michael Holness, M.P.

He was the ninth Prime Minister of Jamaica serving from October 23, 2011 to December 28, 2011.
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The Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller
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10. Portia Simpson-Miller

She is The Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller, O.N., M.P.

She is Jamaica's seventh Prime Minister serving from March 31, 2006 to September 10, 2007. She is also currently our present Prime Minister taking office on January 05, 2012.

Portia Simpson Miller was installed for the second time as Prime Minister following the victory of the People's National Party (PNP) in the December elections.

She has served for over 17 years as a cabinet Minister with portfolio responsibility for the Ministries of Labour and Social Security, Local Government, Tourism, Community Development and Sport, at different times.

She was conferred with the honour of the Order of the Nation in May 2006. <continue reading>

Together, these ten (10) Jamaican Prime Ministers have contributed to the 50 year growth of this nation in one way or the other. So it is only natural for us to know a little bit about their life's journey leading into the political arm of the Jamaican Government!


Source: Jamaica Information Service (JIS)


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