Andrew Holness

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The Honourable
Andrew M. Holness
MP
Leader of the Opposition
Incumbent
Assumed office
5 January 2012
Prime MinisterPortia Simpson-Miller
Preceded byPortia Simpson-Miller
Leader of the Labour Party
Incumbent
Assumed office
20 November 2011
Preceded byBruce Golding
9th Prime Minister of Jamaica
In office
23 October 2011 – 5 January 2012
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralPatrick Allen
Preceded byBruce Golding
Succeeded byPortia Simpson-Miller
Shadow Minister of Defence, Development and OPM Operations
Incumbent
Assumed office
19 January 2012
Prime MinisterPortia Simpson-Miller
Preceded byPortia Simpson-Miller
Shadow Minister of Education
Incumbent
Assumed office
19 January 2012
Prime MinisterPortia Simpson-Miller
Preceded byBasil Waite
Minister of Education
In office
11 September 2007 – 1 January 2012
Prime MinisterBruce Golding
Preceded byMaxine Henry-Wilson
Succeeded byRev. Ronald Thwaites
Member of Parliament
for Saint Andrew West Central
Incumbent
Assumed office
16 December 1997
Personal details
Born(1972-07-22) 22 July 1972 (age 42)
Spanish Town, Jamaica
Political partyLabour Party
Spouse(s)Juliette Holness
Children2
Alma materUniversity of the West Indies
ReligionSeventh-day Adventist
 
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The Honourable
Andrew M. Holness
MP
Leader of the Opposition
Incumbent
Assumed office
5 January 2012
Prime MinisterPortia Simpson-Miller
Preceded byPortia Simpson-Miller
Leader of the Labour Party
Incumbent
Assumed office
20 November 2011
Preceded byBruce Golding
9th Prime Minister of Jamaica
In office
23 October 2011 – 5 January 2012
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralPatrick Allen
Preceded byBruce Golding
Succeeded byPortia Simpson-Miller
Shadow Minister of Defence, Development and OPM Operations
Incumbent
Assumed office
19 January 2012
Prime MinisterPortia Simpson-Miller
Preceded byPortia Simpson-Miller
Shadow Minister of Education
Incumbent
Assumed office
19 January 2012
Prime MinisterPortia Simpson-Miller
Preceded byBasil Waite
Minister of Education
In office
11 September 2007 – 1 January 2012
Prime MinisterBruce Golding
Preceded byMaxine Henry-Wilson
Succeeded byRev. Ronald Thwaites
Member of Parliament
for Saint Andrew West Central
Incumbent
Assumed office
16 December 1997
Personal details
Born(1972-07-22) 22 July 1972 (age 42)
Spanish Town, Jamaica
Political partyLabour Party
Spouse(s)Juliette Holness
Children2
Alma materUniversity of the West Indies
ReligionSeventh-day Adventist

Andrew Michael Holness (born 22 July 1972) is a Jamaican politician who was Prime Minister of Jamaica from October 2011 to January 2012. He previously served as the Minister of Education from 2007 to 2012. Shortly after taking office, he led his party, the Jamaica Labour Party, to defeat in the December 2011 general election. He has served as Leader of the Opposition since 2012.[1]

Holness was the youngest person to become Prime Minister in Jamaica's history, as well as the country's ninth Prime Minister overall. He is also the second shortest serving Prime Minister in Jamaica (Sir Donald Sangster being the shortest) as well as the Caribbean.[2]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Andrew Holness is a graduate of the St. Catherine High School and a graduate of the University of the West Indies where he pursued a Master of Science in Development Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies.[3] He is married to Juliette, they have two children,[4] Adam and Andrew Jr.

He served as Executive Director in the Voluntary Organization for Uplifting Children from 1994 to 1996 and then joined the Premium Group of Companies, acting as a special assistant to Edward Seaga.

He is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church [5]

Political career[edit]

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 switched portfolio to Housing and then Education in 2005. He was sworn in as Minister of Education in September 2007.

Prime Minister[edit]

He succeeded Bruce Golding as both leader of the Jamaica Labour Party and Prime Minister on 23 October 2011, making him the ninth person to hold this office. As Prime Minister, he chose to retain the education portfolio.

2011 elections[edit]

On 5 December 2011, Holness called the next election for 29 December 2011. The JLP campaigned in their strongholds and Holness highlighted the four years of JLP government with accomplishments, such as economic growth and crime reduction that the JLP says that the PNP failed to do in their eighteen years of rule. But on 29 December 2011, the JLP lost at the polls to the People's National Party, which gained a large majority of 42 to the JLP's 21 parliamentary seats.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Maxine Henry-Wilson
Minister of Education
2007–2012
Succeeded by
Ronald Thwaites
Preceded by
Bruce Golding
Prime Minister of Jamaica
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Portia Simpson-Miller
Preceded by
Portia Simpson-Miller
Leader of the Opposition
2012–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bruce Golding
Leader of the Labour Party
2011–present
Incumbent