List of prime ministers of Trinidad and Tobago

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Prime Minister of the
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Seal of the Prime Minister (Trinidad and Tobago).svg
Flag of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.svg
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Incumbent
Keith Rowley

since 9 September 2015
StyleThe Right Honorable
Residence
SeatWhitehall, 29 Maraval Road, Saint Clair, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago[3]
Term lengthFive years, renewable
Inaugural holderEric Williams
Formation31 August 1962
SalaryTT$ 576,000 annually[4]
Websitehttps://www.opm.gov.tt/

The prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago is the head of the executive branch of government in Trinidad and Tobago.

The incumbent prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago is Keith Rowley who won the 2015 general election and was sworn in on 9 September 2015 by President Anthony Carmona as the seventh prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago.[5]

This is a list of the prime ministers of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, from the establishment of the office of Chief Minister in 1950 to the present day:

Chief ministers of Trinidad and Tobago[edit]

  POPPG   (1)   PNM   (1)
No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office & mandate
Duration in years and days
Legislative Council Party
1 Male portrait placeholder cropped.jpg Albert Gomes
(1911–1978)
MP for Port of Spain North
(1945–1956; defeated)
18 September 1950 28 October 1956 1950 8th Legislative Council
(1950–1956)
Party of Political Progress Groups
6 years, 40 days
2 Eric Williams (cropped).jpg Eric Williams
(1911–1981)
MP for Port of Spain South-East
(1956–1961)
MP for Port of Spain South
(1961–1981; died)
28 October 1956 9 July 1959 1956 9th Legislative Council
(1956–1961)
People's National Movement
2 years, 254 days

Premier of Trinidad and Tobago[edit]

  PNM   (1)
No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office & mandate
Duration in years and days
Legislative Council Party
1 Eric Williams (cropped).jpg Eric Williams
(1911–1981)
MP for Port of Spain South-East
(1956–1961)
MP for Port of Spain South
(1961–1981; died)
9 July 1959 31 August 1962 1961 9th Legislative Council
(1959–1961)
1st Independent Parliament
(1961–1962)
People's National Movement
3 years, 53 days

Prime ministers of Trinidad and Tobago[edit]

  PNM   (4)   UNC   (2)   NAR   (1)
No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office & mandate
Duration in years and days
Parliament Party Government
1 Eric Williams (cropped).jpg Eric Williams
(1911–1981)
MP for Port of Spain South-East
(1956–1961)
MP for Port of Spain South
(1961–1981; died)
31 August 1962 29 March 1981 1966 1st Independent Parliament
(1961–1966)
2nd Independent Parliament
(1966–1971)
People's National Movement Williams I
1971 3rd Independent Parliament
(1971–1976)
Williams II
1976 1st Republican Parliament
(1976–1981)
Williams III
18 years, 210 days[†]
2 George Chambers (cropped).jpg George Chambers
(1928–1997)
MP for St. Ann's East
(1966–1987; resigned)
30 March 1981 18 December 1986 1981 2nd Republican Parliament
(1981–1986)
People's National Movement
(Named leader in 1981)
Chambers
5 years, 263 days
3 A. N. R. Robinson (cropped).jpg A. N. R. Robinson
(1926–2014)
MP for Tobago East
(1961–1981; resigned,
1986–1997; resigned)
19 December 1986 17 December 1991 1986 3rd Republican Parliament
(1987–1991)
National Alliance for Reconstruction Robinson
4 years, 363 days
4 Patrick Manning 2008.jpg Patrick Manning
(1946–2016)
MP for San Fernando East
(19762015; retired)
17 December 1991 9 November 1995 1991 4th Republican Parliament
(1992–1995)
People's National Movement
(Named leader in 1986)
Manning I
3 years, 327 days
5 Basdeo Panday.jpg Basdeo Panday
(born 1933)
MP for Couva North
(19762010; resigned)
9 November 1995 24 December 2001 1995 5th Republican Parliament
(1995–2000)
United National Congress Panday–Robinson

(UNCNAR)

2000 6th Republican Parliament
(2001)
Panday II
6 years, 45 days
(4) Patrick Manning 2008.jpg Patrick Manning
(1946–2016)
MP for San Fernando East
(19762015; retired)
24 December 2001 26 May 2010 2001 7th Republican Parliament
(2002)
People's National Movement Manning II
2002 8th Republican Parliament
(2002–2007)
Manning III
2007 9th Republican Parliament
(2007–2010)
Manning IV
8 years, 153 days
6 Kamla Persad-Bissesar 2013.jpg Kamla Persad-Bissessar
(born 1952)
MP for Siparia
(since 1995)
26 May 2010 9 September 2015 2010 10th Republican Parliament
(2010–2015)
United National Congress
(Named leader in 2010)
Persad-Bissessar
5 years, 106 days
7 KeithRowley.jpg Keith Rowley
(born 1949)
MP for Diego Martin West
(since 1991)
9 September 2015 Incumbent 2015 11th Republican Parliament
(2015–2020)
People's National Movement
(Named leader in 2010)
Rowley
2020 12th Republican Parliament
(2020–2025)
Rowley II
6 years, 340 days

Graphical timeline[edit]

Keith RowleyKamla Persad-BissessarPatrick ManningBasdeo PandayPatrick ManningA. N. R. RobinsonGeorge ChambersEric WilliamsAlbert Gomes


Living former officeholders[edit]

As of August 2022, there are two living former Trinidad and Tobago prime ministers. The most recent to die was Patrick Manning (1991–1995; 2001–2010), on 2 July 2016.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • ^† Died in office

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Office of The Prime Minister - Republic of Trinidad and Tobago". www.opm.gov.tt.
  2. ^ "$18m for PM's official Tobago residence". www.guardian.co.tt.
  3. ^ "Whitehall becomes PM's office again on Monday". www.guardian.co.tt.
  4. ^ Lord, Richard. "Pay hikes proposed for PM, Cabinet, Opposition". www.guardian.co.tt.
  5. ^ "Jamaica Observer Limited". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 8 January 2020.

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