Holness in 2020
|9th Prime Minister of Jamaica|
3 March 2016
|Governor General||Patrick Allen|
|Preceded by||Portia Simpson-Miller|
23 October 2011 –5 January 2012
|Governor General||Patrick Allen|
|Preceded by||Bruce Golding|
|Succeeded by||Portia Simpson-Miller|
|Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party|
20 November 2011
|Preceded by||Bruce Golding|
|Minister of Education|
11 September 2007 –1 January 2012
|Prime Minister|| Bruce Golding |
|Preceded by||Maxine Henry-Wilson|
|Succeeded by||Ronald Thwaites|
Andrew Michael Holness
22 July 1972
Spanish Town, Jamaica
|Political party||Jamaica Labour Party|
|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 2016 Jamaican general election.Holness previously served as prime minister from October 2011 to 5 January 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 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. In 2020, The Labour Party won a landslide in another general election, and on 7 September Holness was sworn in for another term as prime minister.
Holness is the youngest person to have been elected and reelected prime minister in Jamaica's history. He is also the first prime minister to have been born after Jamaica gained independence in 1962.
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.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. The couple have two children, Adam and Matthew.
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.
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.
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.
On 5 December 2011, Mr 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.
On 25 February 2016, the Jamaica Labour Party, led by Andrew Holness, won the general election 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 their spouse sat in the Parliament of Jamaica together.
On 3 September 2020, the Jamaica Labour Party, led by Andrew Holness, won the general election. The JLP won 48 seats, as compared to the 15 seats for the People's National Party.He was sworn in for another term on 7 September 2020.
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