List of Speakers of the House of Assembly of the British Virgin Islands

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List of Speakers and Deputy Speakers of the House of Assembly of the British Virgin Islands (formerly named the Legislative Council).

Speakers are traditionally appointed from outside the House. The Deputy Speaker is normally a former elected member of the House, and only exercises function when the Speaker is not available.

Eight people have served as Speaker; six men and two women. Three of the Speakers also served in the Legislative as elected representatives before or after their time as Speaker. The longest serving Speaker, by some distance, was Keith L. Flax who served 14 years in the Legislative Council. No other person has served longer than eight years. However, prior to the introduction of Ministerial government in 1967, Henry Creque also served as "Clerk" to the Legislative Council (there being no Speaker).[1] If one includes that period, then the aggregate period served by Henry Creque is 21 years, which is considerably longer.

Speakers of the House[edit]

Speakers of the Legislative Council[2]
Speaker Date of appointment Date of completion Style
Henry O. Creque, OBE 1967 1971 Legislative Council
H.R. Penn, MBE 8 July 1971 1975 Legislative Council
Ivan Dawson 1975 1983 Legislative Council
Keith L. Flax 1983 1997 Legislative Council
Reuben W. Vanterpool 1997 2003 Legislative Council
V. Inez Archibald 2003 2007 Legislative Council
Roy Harrigan 14 September 2007 13 September 2011 House of Assembly
Ingrid Moses-Scatliffe 8 December 2011 Incumbent House of Assembly

Deputy Speakers of the House[edit]

Speakers of the Legislative Council[3]
Deputy Speaker Date of appointment Date of completion Style
Ivan Dawson 1971 1975 Legislative Council
Leopold E. Smith 1975 1978 Legislative Council
Omar Hodge 1979 1983 Legislative Council
Earl P. Fraser 1983 1986 Legislative Council
Terrance B. Lettsome 1986 1990 Legislative Council
Oliver Cills 1990 1995 Legislative Council
Reeial George 1995 16 June 2003 Legislative Council
Eileene L. Parsons July 2003 2005 Legislative Council
Delores Christopher 2005 2007 Legislative Council
Keith L. Flax 2007 2011 House of Assembly
Delores Christopher 8 December 2011 Incumbent House of Assembly

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "BVI election and information results 1950–2011". BVI Deputy Governor's Office. p. 177. 
  2. ^ "BVI election and information results 1950–2011". BVI Deputy Governor's Office. p. 177. 
  3. ^ "BVI election and information results 1950–2011". BVI Deputy Governor's Office. pp. 177–178.