|Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka|
22nd April 2010
|Preceded by||W. J. M. Lokubandara|
|Born||October 30, 1942|
|Political party||Sri Lanka Freedom Party|
|Spouse(s)||Chandra Malini Rajapaksa
|Alma mater||Richmond College, Galle|
Chamal Jayantha Rajapaksa (born 30 October 1942) is the current Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka  and former Cabinet Minister of Ports & Aviation and Irrigation & Water Management. He hails from a well known political family in Sri Lanka. His father, D. A. Rajapaksa, was a prominent politician, independence agitator, Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister of Agriculture and Land in Wijeyananda Dahanayake's government. He is the elder brother of the current President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa. Nine members of the Rajapaksa family have been Members of Parliament of Sri Lanka 
 Early life and career
Rajapaksa was born in Palatuwa in the Southern District of Matara and raised in Medamulana in the District of Hambantota. He hails from a well known political family in Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa had his entire education at Richmond College. As a student he played Soccer for the School and was an Athlete. Having left school he joined the Public Service.
 Public Service
Entered the Public Service of Sri Lanka as a Police Officer serving in the Police Force for more than eight years. Served the State Trading General Corporation as the Asst. General Manager before getting into active politics in 1985.
 Political career
Contested the by-election held in 1985 for Mulkirigala Electorate.
Entered Parliament in 1989 as a Member of Parliament of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party representing Hambantota District. Has been a Member of Parliament continuously since 1989, retaining his seat in all elections held to date.
Prior to the present appointment as Speaker of the Parliament he has held the following portfolios.
- Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Lands
- Deputy Minister of Ports & Southern Development
- Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries
- Minister of Agricultural Development
- Minister of Irrigation & Water Management
- Minister of Ports & Aviation
 Honorary Titles
- "Sri Lanka Janaseva Vibhushana"
 Other Positions Held
- President, Sri Lanka – Russia Parliamentary Friendship Association
- President, Sri Lanka – Hungary Parliamentary Friendship Association
- Chairman, District Development Committee, Hambantota (District Secretariat)
- Chairman, Hambantota Development Foundation
 See also
- Chamal shines in politics. Sunday Observer, Retrieved on 1st August 2010.
- Speaker of the Seventh Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Parliament website, Retrieved on 20th September 2012.
- President's Fund of Sri Lanka, President's Profile
W. J. M. Lokubandara
|Speaker of the Parliament
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