Andrew Holness

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The Most Honourable
Andrew Holness
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9th Prime Minister of Jamaica
Assumed office
3 March 2016
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Patrick Allen
Preceded by Portia Simpson-Miller
In office
23 October 2011 – 5 January 2012
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Patrick Allen
Preceded by Bruce Golding
Succeeded by Portia Simpson-Miller
Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party
Assumed office
20 November 2011
Preceded by Bruce Golding
Minister of Education
In office
11 September 2007 – 1 January 2012
Prime Minister Bruce Golding
Preceded by Maxine Henry-Wilson
Succeeded by Ronald Thwaites
Personal details
Born Andrew Michael Holness
(1972-07-22) 22 July 1972 (age 46)
Spanish Town, Jamaica
Political party Jamaica Labour Party
Juliet Holness (m. 1997)
Children 2
Alma mater University of the West Indies

Andrew Michael Holness, ON, MP (born 22 July 1972) is a Jamaican politician who has been the Prime Minister of Jamaica since 3 March 2016, following the 25 February 2016 general election.[1] Holness previously served as Prime Minister from October 2011 to January 5, 2012. He succeeded Bruce Golding as Prime Minister, and decided to go to the polls in the 29 December 2011 general election in an attempt to get his own mandate from the Jamaican electorate. He failed in that bid, however, losing badly to the People's National Party led by Portia Simpson-Miller, with the PNP gaining 42 seats to the Jamaica Labour Party's 21. Following that defeat, Holness served as Leader of the Opposition from January 2012 to March 2016, when he once again assumed the position of Prime Minister.[2]

Holness is the youngest person to have become Prime Minister in Jamaica's history, as well as the country's ninth Prime Minister overall. He is also the first Prime Minister to have been born after Jamaica gained independence in 1962.[3]


Early life

Andrew Holness is a graduate of St. Catherine High School and of the University of the West Indies, where he pursued a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies and a Master of Science in Development Studies.[4] In 1997 he married Juliet Holness (née Landell), an accountant, whom he had met as a student at St. Catherine High School during the 1980s.[5][6] The couple have two children, Adam and Matthew[7]

Holness served as Executive Director at 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.[8]

Political career

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

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

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 which the JLP says the PNP failed to do during their eighteen years rule of the country. The JLP, however, lost at the polls to the People's National Party, which gained a large majority of 42 to the JLP's 21 parliamentary seats.

2016 elections

On 25 February 2016, the Jamaica Labour Party, headed by Andrew Holness, won the national elections with the JLP winning 32 seats compared to 31 seats for the incumbent People's National Party. His wife Juliet also won a seat in parliament, the first time a Prime Minister or Opposition Leader and his/her spouse will be sitting in the Parliament of Jamaica together.[9]

See also


  1. ^ Holness Sworn In As PM, Takes 'The Most Honourable' Title. 3 March 2016. Accessed 3 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Journey Begins - Portia Sworn In". Archived from the original on 7 January 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  3. ^ Robinson, Claude (23 October 2011). "When Andrew Holness becomes prime minister today". Jamaica Observer. Archived from the original on 7 April 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
  4. ^ "The Honourable Andrew Holness". Archived from the original on 8 November 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
  5. ^ Husey-Whyte, Donna (2011-11-13). "The PM's wife Juliet Holness speaks of life, love and family". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 2015-08-09.
  6. ^ Ellington, Barbara (2011-11-20). "Juliet Holness; Jamaica is safe in Andrew's hands". The Gleaner. Retrieved 2015-08-09.
  7. ^ "Mr. Andrew Michael Holness, M.P. Opposition Leader". Jamaica Information Service. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  8. ^ Name * (2011-10-24). "Andrew Holness 'sworn-in' as Jamaica's new Prime Minister – Dominica News Online". Retrieved 2016-03-02.
  9. ^ "Juliet joins husband Andrew in Parliament - News". 2016-02-26. Retrieved 2016-03-02.

External links

  • Profile
  • Jis Page
  • About Jamaica - Official Jamaican Guide[permanent dead link]
  • Juliet joins husband Andrew in Parliament
Political offices
Preceded by
Maxine Henry-Wilson
Minister of Education
Succeeded by
Ronald Thwaites
Preceded by
Bruce Golding
Prime Minister of Jamaica
Succeeded by
Portia Simpson-Miller
Preceded by
Portia Simpson-Miller
Leader of the Opposition
Prime Minister of Jamaica
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bruce Golding
Leader of the Labour Party
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