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The Premier of Bermuda

Premier Michael DunkleyThe Hon. Michael Henry Dunkley, JP, MP, was appointed Premier of Bermuda on May 20, 2014.  

Before being elected as a Member of Parliament (MP), he served on numerous government boards such as the Hospital Insurance Commission, the Board of Agriculture and the Immigration Board and also served as a Senator. He entered into politics in 1997 and was subsequently elected to the House of Assembly that same year. He has held several shadow ministerial portfolios in his Parliamentary career as both an MP and a Senator. Following the 2012 General Election he was appointed the Deputy Premier and Minister of National Security.

As a businessman, he is renowned for his work ethic and "never say die" attitude. Some of his business endeavours include serving as the Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Dunkley's Dairy, a milk processing plant and one of the largest food importers in Bermuda; serving as Vice President of Island Properties Ltd, a property management company; and serving as President of Dunkley's Management Holdings Ltd, a management consultant company.

In the community, he served as Past President of the Mid Ocean Club from 1999 - 2005 and 2008 – 2011. An avid sportsman, he was also a former first division soccer player, a former premier division cricket player and a winner of the club championships at the Mid Ocean Club.

Married to Pamela, they have two daughters and live in Devonshire, Bermuda.‎

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The Office of the Premier

The Premier is the head of government, and there is a multi-party system.

Bermuda is the oldest self-governing British Overseas Territory and has a great degree of internal autonomy. Its parliament held its first session in 1620, making it the third-oldest continuous parliament in the World.

The original system of government was created under the Virginia Company, which colonised Bermuda, accidentally in 1609, and deliberately from 1612. The Virginia Company lost its Royal Charter for North America ("Virginia") in 1622, and the Crown assumed responsibility for the administration of the continental colony. Bermuda, however, passed in 1615 to a new company, The Somers Isles Company (The Somers Isles being the other official name of the colony), formed by the same shareholders. The House of Assembly was created under that company, which continued to appoint Governors until it was dissolved in 1684, with the Crown assuming responsibility for the Colony's administration.

The Crown left in place the political system created under the Company. The Colonial Parliament originally consisted only of the lower house. The Privy Council, an appointed body, served in the roles of an upper house and a cabinet. The President of The Council could find himself temporarily acting as Governor when no Governor was present.

History of the Premier

 

Name

Took Office

Left Office

Political Party

1

Sir Edward Richards

18 April 1973

29 December 1975

United Bermuda Party

2

Sir John Sharpe

29 December 1975

30 August 1977

United Bermuda Party

3

Sir David Gibbons

30 August 1977

15 January 1982

United Bermuda Party

4

Sir John Swan

15 January 1982

25 August 1995

United Bermuda Party

5

Dr. David Saul

25 August 1995

27 March 1997

United Bermuda Party

6

Dame Pamela F. Gordon

27 March 1997

10 November 1998

United Bermuda Party

7

Dame Jennifer Smith

10 November 1998

29 July 2003

Progressive Labour Party

8

Hon. Alex Scott

29 July 2003

30 October 2006

Progressive Labour Party

9

Dr. Ewart Brown

30 October 2006

29 October 2010

Progressive Labour Party

10

Hon. Paula Cox

29 October 2010

18 December 2012

Progressive Labour Party

11

Hon. Craig Cannonier

18 December 2012

19 May 2014

One Bermuda Alliance

12

Hon. Michael Dunkley

20 May 2014

present

One Bermuda Alliance

Government Leaders (1968–1973)

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Name

Took Office

Left Office

Political Party

1

Sir Henry Tucker

10 June 1968

29 December 1971

United Bermuda Party

2

Sir Edward Richards

29 December 1971

18 April 1973

United Bermuda Party

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