Brent Symonette

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Theodore Brent Symonette (born December 2, 1954 in Nassau ) is a politician from the Bahamas .


Symonette graduated after attending the St. Andrew's School in Nassau studying law at the Leys School of University of Cambridge and the Brunel University in Uxbridge and was after admission as a lawyer ( Barrister-at-Law working). He was also the founder of a real estate agency.

His political career began in 1987 when he was appointed a member of the Senate at the suggestion of his party's opposition leader, the Free National Movement , Cecil Wallace-Whitfield . In 1992 he was re-proposed as Senator by his party friend, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham , and subsequently appointed by Governor General Sir Clifford Darling .

In the previous governments of Prime Minister Ingraham between August 1992 and May 2002, he was attorney general, tourism minister and chairman of the Nassau International Airport Authority. As chairman of the Hotel Corporation of the Bahamas, he was significantly involved in the negotiations that ultimately led to the construction of the Atlantis Hotel and associated resorts .

In 2002 he was elected as a representative of the FNM to the Assembly House, where he has since represented the constituency of St Anne's . He is one of the few white MPs in parliament.

After the FNM's victory in the May 2007 elections, on May 4, 2007, the new Prime Minister Ingraham appointed him Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Minister for Immigration. He is also Deputy Chairman of the FNM.

After the FNM's defeat in the May 7, 2012 elections, he lost his government office. He was succeeded as Secretary of State by Fred Mitchell of the Progressive Liberal Party .

Brent Symonette is the youngest son of the future Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Roland Symonette , and half-brother of the former Speaker of the House of Assembly, Robert Symonette .

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