Bruce Golding -
Jamaica's Eighth Prime Minister

Bruce Golding was born on December 5, 1947. His complete name is Orette Bruce Golding.

His education started at Alpha Primary School between the years of 1955 and 1957 inclusive. He then went on to St. George’s College  between the years of 1958 and 1962, and Jamaica College during the years 1963 to 1966.

In 1966 he entered the University of the West Indies where he earned a BSc. degree in Economics in 1969. In that same year of 1969 he was elected to the Central Executive of the Jamaica Labour Party at the young age of 21 and was subsequently elected to Parliament in 1972 at the age of 24.

He served as General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party from 1974 to 1984 and as Chairman from  1984 to 1995. He has had 19 years experience as a Member of Parliament representing the constituencies of West St. Catherine and Central St. Catherine as well as 9 years experience as a Senator.

He was appointed Minister of Construction in 1980 serving in that position until 1989 and in that capacity was elected Chairman of the United Nations Commission on Human Settlements for the period 1984 to 1985.

He was the Opposition Spokesman on Finance and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee during the years of 1989 and 1995. He has served as a member of the Electoral Advisory Committee, the Board of Governors of the Institute of Jamaica and the Board of Directors of the National Lotteries Commission.

Bruce Golding

In 1995 he resigned from the Jamaica Labour Party and was one of the founders of the National Democratic Movement (NDM), serving as its first President between the years of 1995 and 2001. In 2002, he rejoined the Jamaica Labour Party and was again elected Chairman  of the Party in November 2003.

He was appointed Senator and Opposition spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in 2002, and held both positions up to April 2005. On February 20, 2005, he was elected Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party. On April 13, 2005 he was elected Member of Parliament for West Kingston. He was the Leader of the Opposition from April 21, 2005 to September 10, 2007.

He was sworn in as Jamaica's eighth Prime Minister on September 11, 2007, where he served until his resignation from office in the year 2011. He is then to be officially labeled as The Most Honourable Orette Bruce Golding because he was conferred with the Order of the Nation.

Mr. Golding is known as a businessman. He and his wife, Lorna Golding, were married in 1972 and they
have one son and two daughters.

Source: Jamaica Information Service (JIS)

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