|The Right Honourable
|9th Prime Minister of Grenada|
20 February 2013
|Governor General||Carlyle Glean
Cécile La Grenade
|Preceded by||Tillman Thomas|
22 June 1995 – 9 July 2008
|Governor General||Daniel Williams|
|Preceded by||George Brizan|
|Succeeded by||Tillman Thomas|
|Leader of the Opposition|
9 July 2008 – 20 February 2013
|Prime Minister||Tillman Thomas|
|Preceded by||Tillman Thomas|
|Member of Parliament for St. George North West|
|Born||Keith Claudius Mitchell
12 November 1946 Brizan, British Windward Islands (now Grenada)
|Political party||New National Party|
|Alma mater||University of the West Indies
Presentation Brothers’ College
Education and personal life
Mitchell graduated from the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and chemistry in 1971. He gained a master’s degree from Howard University in 1975 and a doctorate in mathematics and statistics from American University in 1979.
Mitchell was also a cricketer, a spin bowler, who captained the Grenada team in 1973. He has since been a prominent cricket administrator in the West Indies alongside his political career.
In the December 1984 general election, he was elected to a seat in the House of Representatives from St. George North West constituency, and he has held the seat in each subsequent election. Mitchell was elected as leader of the NNP in January 1989, defeating Prime Minister Herbert Blaize. Blaize then dismissed Mitchell from his position as Minister of Works and Communications on 21 July 1989.
After the NNP was victorious in the general election held on 20 June 1995, winning eight out of 15 seats in the House of Representatives, Mitchell took office as Prime Minister, along with his Cabinet, on 22 June. Under Mitchell’s leadership, the party won all 15 seats in the early election held in January 1999, and the NNP narrowly won a third term in power in the November 2003 election, reduced to a one-seat parliamentary majority.
The New National Party was defeated in the general election held on 8 July 2008 by the National Democratic Congress (NDC), winning only four seats against 11 for the NDC.Mitchell himself was re-elected to his seat from St. George North West. NDC leader Tillman Thomas succeeded Mitchell as Prime Minister on 9 July. Mitchell said that the people voted for change and congratulated Thomas. Following the election, he continued as NNP leader and was sworn in as Leader of the Opposition on 16 July 2008.
In the February 2013 general election, the NNP won all 15 parliamentary seats. After this resounding victory, Mitchell was sworn in as Prime Minister on 20 February 2013.
Keith Claudius Mitchell was born to Dowlyn and Catherine Mitchell in Brizan, St. George on November 12, 1946. He received his primary education at the Happy Hill R.C. School and the J.W. Fletcher Memorial School.
He went on to the Presentation Brothers College then to the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, where he gained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Chemistry(1971), followed by a Masters Degree from Howard University(1975) and a Doctorate in Mathematics and Statistics from the American University(1979).
An avid cricketer, Dr. Mitchell was a member of the Grenada Cricket Team from 1964 – 1966.
In 1973 he was made Captain of the Grenada Cricket Team as well as the combined Windward and Leeward Youth Cricket Team.
He taught at the Presentation Brothers College and was a Mathematics Professor at Howard University between 1977 and 1983.
He also started his own consulting firm in Washington, D.C., and subsequently worked as a professional consultant to many Government Departments and private corporations in the United States.
In 1984, he was elected Member of Parliament for St. George North West, and has held the seat in each subsequent election. Dr. Mitchell was elected Political Leader of the New National Party (NNP) in 1989 defeating Prime Minister Herbert Blaize. He served as Minister of Communications, Works and Public Utilities, Cooperatives, Community Development, Women’s Affairs and Civil Aviation from 1988 to 1989 in the New National Party (NNP) Government.
On June 20 1995, Dr. Mitchell successfully led the party to victory in the 1995 general elections winning eight out of fifteen seats in the House of Representatives; Dr. Mitchell took office as Prime Minister, along with his Cabinet, on June 22, 1995.
In the 1999 election, Dr. Mitchell led the New National Party to an unprecedented victory, winning all 15 constituencies and being the first Prime Minister since Independence to win two consecutive general elections. His portfolio included Minister of National Security, Finance, Trade, Industry, Planning and Information and later on National Security and Information.
Dr. Mitchell led the Party to another unprecedented but narrowly won election on November 27, 2003, when the Party was elected to a third consecutive term in Office. He held the portfolios of National Security, Human Resource Development, Information, Information Communication Technology (ICT), Business and Private Sector Development and Youth Development. Her Majesty the Queen appointed him to the Privy Council on February 20, 2004.
The New National Party was defeated in the general election held on July 8, 2008 by the National Democratic Congress (NDC), winning only four seats against 11 for the NDC. Dr. Mitchell himself was re-elected to his seat for St. George North West and continued as NNP leader. He was sworn in as Leader of the Opposition on July 16, 2008.
In his capacity as Prime Minister, Dr. Mitchell has served as Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) from January to July 1998 and from July to December 2004; Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank from May 1997 to May 1998; Chairman of the Ministerial Council of Association of Caribbean States from 1996 to 1997; Chairman of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) from May 2000 to January 2002, being the longest serving Chairman of the regional sub-group; Chairman of the Regional Security System (RSS) from April 2001 to March 2002.
On February 19thth, 2013, Dr. Mitchell and his New National Party defeated the incumbent Tillman Thomas and the National Democratic Congress, winning all 15 Seats- the second time he and his party achieved such a historic feat.
On February 20th, 2013, Dr. The Right Honourable Keith Mitchell was sworn in as Prime Minister, for the fourth time.
Prime Minister Mitchell is also the Minister of Information, Implementation, National Security, Disaster Management and Home Affairs.(Taken from gov.gd)