|8th Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago|
9 September 2015
|Preceded by||Kamla Persad-Bissessar|
|Leader of the Opposition|
4 June 2010 – 9 September 2015
|Prime Minister||Kamla Persad-Bissessar|
|Preceded by||Kamla Persad-Bissessar|
|Succeeded by||Kamla Persad-Bissessar|
|Leader of the People’s National Movement|
26 May 2010
|Preceded by||Patrick Manning|
|Member of Parliament
for Diego Martin West
|Preceded by||Margaret Olive Hector|
|Born|| 24 October 1949 ,Mason Hall,
Saint George, East Tobago,
Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
|Political party||People’s National Movement|
|Alma mater||University of the West Indies|
Dr. Keith Christopher Rowley Ph.D. MP (born 24 October 1949) is the current Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, in office since September 2015. He has led the People’s National Movement (PNM) since May 2010 and was Leader of the Opposition from 2010 to 2015. He has also served as the Member of the House of Representatives for Diego Martin West since 1991. He is a volcanologist who obtained his doctorate in geology, specialising in geochemistry.
Career of Keith Rowley
Rowley was a pupil of Bishop’s High School, Tobago, and graduated from the University of the West Indies (Mona). He holds a graduate degree in geology, specializing in geochemistry. He first served in Parliament as an Opposition Senator from 1987 to 1990 (3rd Parliament). Subsequently, he was appointed as Minister of Agriculture, Land and Marine Resources (4th Parliament), Minister of Planning and Development and Minister of Housing (8th Parliament) and Minister of Trade and Industry (9th Parliament).
Leader of the Opposition
Following the People’s National Movement’s defeat in the 2010 general election, Rowley was appointed as Leader of the Opposition. Rowley has served on several parliamentary committees. In 2004, he chaired the Joint Select Committee of Parliament which examined and made recommendations for the live broadcasting of parliamentary debates.
Rowley led the People’s National Movement to a victory in the September 2015 general election, in which his party secured 23 out of 41 seats in the House of Representatives to form the government, defeating the previous People’s Partnership coalition government. On 9 September 2015, Rowley was sworn in as Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago by President Anthony Carmona.
Rowley is married to Sharon Rowley. He is the father of four children, two sons and two daughters. The part of article below is taekn from opm.gov.tt
Dr Keith Christopher Rowley was born on October 24th 1949 in Mason Hall, Tobago, and was raised by his grandparents, who were prominent Tobago farmers.
Dr Rowley completed his secondary schooling at Bishop’s High School, (BHS) Tobago and his sterling academic performance saw him capture the prestigious Sylvan Bowles Scholarship at BHS. He then commenced his studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, from where he graduated with a BSc. Geology (First Class Honours), Geography (First Class Honours); MSc in Volcanic Stratigraphy, UWI, St. Augustine.
He is a Volcanologist who obtained his Doctorate in Geology, specialising in Geochemistry.
He is a known nature lover, who enjoys gardening, hiking and is an avid golfer.
As a Research Scientist he held the positions of Research Fellow and later Head of the Seismic Research Unit at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. He was also the General Manager of State-owned National Quarries Company Limited.
He first ran for political office in 1981, where he contested the Tobago West seat. To date Keith Rowley has the distinction of being the only Peoples National Movement (PNM) candidate to have contested a seat in a General Election in both Tobago and Trinidad.
Dr Keith Christopher Rowley is the Member of the House of Representatives for Diego Martin West in the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago, where he has represented that constituency since 1991 having been re-elected in 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2010.
Dr Rowley first served in Parliament as an Opposition Senator from 1987-1990.
He later served at Cabinet level holding, at various times, the portfolios
- Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Marine Resources,
- Minister of Planning and Development,
- Minister of Housing
- Minister of Trade and Industry.
- Governor of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
- Trinidad and Tobago’s representative Governor of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Following the People’s National Movement (PNM)’s defeat in the Trinidad and Tobago General Election, 2010, Dr Rowley was appointed Leader of the Opposition of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and was elected Political Leader of the People’s National Movement in 2010.
On September 7th 2015 Dr Rowley led the People’s National Movement to general election victory, to become the 7th Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.