Jamaican Prime Ministers

Jamaican Prime Ministers – Leaders Since 1962

Jamaican Prime Ministers have served collectively for over 50 years. Over that period of time, from 1962 until now (2012), only one (1) female has been awarded the honour of that title. That is our current Prime Minister – The Most. Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, O.N., M.P. Since Jamaica gained independence in August 1962we have seen the likes of nine (9) Prime Ministers. Some would say it is ten (10) because of Norman Manley.

However, Norman Manley was our FIRST and ONLY Premier.
This is because he served from July 1959 to July 1962, which was one month before we gained full independence, (August 1962).

Most people are only interested in those Prime Ministers serving since Jamaica’s independence, but I have included The Right Excellent Norman Washington Manley, M.M., Q.C., B.C.L., LLD (Hon.) in the mix because of his significant contribution to Jamaica before the full independence of 1962.
Here is a list of ALL the Jamaican Prime Ministers from Norman Manley, our first premier, to Portia Simpson-Miller, our present or current leader:

A List Jamaican Prime Ministers

Portia Simpson Miller – Jamaica’s First Female Prime Minister - The Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller, O.N., M.P. is Jamaica’s seventh, current, and ONLY female Prime Minister. She has served during the periods of March 31, 2006 – September 10, 2007 and January 05, 2012 –Present. She served as Prime Minister from
Andrew Holness – Jamaica’s Ninth Prime Minister - Andrew Holness took office as Jamaica’s ninth Prime Minister on October 23, 2011, following his endorsement as Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). He succeeded the Most Honourable Orette Bruce Golding. He is Jamaica’s youngest Prime Minister and the first Jamaican
Bruce Golding – Jamaica’s Eighth Prime Minister - Bruce Golding was born on December 5, 1947. His complete name is Orette Bruce Golding. His education started at Alpha Primary School between the years of 1955 and 1957 inclusive. He then went on to St. George’s College  between the
P J Patterson – Percival James Jamaica’s Sixth Prime Minister - P J Patterson is Jamaica’s most successful politician at national level, breaking the ‘third-term’ barrier. His style of leadership is not to rely on fiery rhetoric, but on fundamental principles of procedure. He has done more than any other political leader
Edward Seaga – Jamaica’s Fifth Prime Minister - Edward Seaga was born on May 28, 1930 in Boston, Massachusetts, of Jamaican parents who was travelling then. They brought him home when he was three months old. Seaga’s parents were Phillip George Seaga and Erna nee Maxwell. His full name
Michael Manley – Jamaica’s Fourth Prime Minister - Michael Manley was born on December 10, 1924 to parents Norman Washington Manley, and his wife Edna Manley. His full name at birth was Michael Norman Manley. Michael studied at Jamaica College from 1935 to 1943 and overseas at the London
The Most Honourable Hugh Shearer – Jamaica’s Third Prime Minister - Hugh Shearer was Jamaica’s third Prime Minister. He was born on May 18, 1923 to parents James Shearer and Esther Lindo. His complete name was Hugh Lawson Shearer. His father was a World War One ex-serviceman and his mother was
The Most Honourable Donald Sangster – Jamaica’s Second Prime Minister - Donald Sangster was born on October 26, 1911, in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica to parents W. B. Sangster and his wife Cassandra. His full name at birth was Donald Burns Sangster. Sangster attended Munro College during the period 1921 to 1929, where
The Right Excellent Norman Manley - Norman Manley was born in Roxborough Manchester,Jamaica on July 4, 1893, to parents Thomas Albert Samuel Manley and Margaret. His complete name is Norman Washington Manley. He was a really brilliant scholar and athlete, an excellent horseman, a soldier in the First
Sir Alexander Bustamante – Jamaica’s First Prime Minister - Sir Alexander Bustamante was born on February 24, 1884 in a little district known as Blenheim, Hanover, Jamaica. His father was an Irish planter named Robert Constantine Clarke, and his mother was a Jamaican of mixed blood named Mary Clarke