Keith Mitchell

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Keith Mitchell
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Mitchell in 2018
Prime Minister of Grenada
Assumed office
20 February 2013
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralSir Carlyle Glean
Dame Cécile La Grenade
Preceded byTillman Thomas
In office
22 June 1995 – 9 July 2008
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralSir Reginald Palmer
Sir Daniel Williams
Preceded byGeorge Brizan
Succeeded byTillman Thomas
Leader of the New National Party
Assumed office
18 January 1989
Preceded byHerbert Blaize
Leader of the Opposition
In office
9 July 2008 – 20 February 2013
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterTillman Thomas
Preceded byTillman Thomas
Succeeded byVacant
Member of Parliament
for St. George North West
Assumed office
3 December 1984
Preceded byGeorge Hosten
Majority2,500 (71.61%)
Personal details
Keith Claudius Mitchell

(1946-11-12) 12 November 1946 (age 75)
Brizan, British Windward Islands (now Grenada)
Political partyNew National Party
Spouse(s)Marietta Mitchell
ChildrenOlinga Mitchell
Alma materUniversity of the West Indies
Howard University
American University
Presentation Brothers' College

Keith Claudius Mitchell (born 12 November 1946) is a Grenadian politician who has been Prime Minister of Grenada since 2013; previously he served as Prime Minister from 1995 to 2008 and from 2013 to present. He is the longest-serving Prime Minister in Grenadian history, holding the office for more than 19 years. He is currently leader of the New National Party (NNP) and was Leader of the Opposition from 2008 to 2013.

Education and personal life[edit]

Keith Claudius Mitchell was born in the community of Brizan, Saint George's. Mitchell graduated from the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and chemistry in 1971. He gained a master's degree from Howard University in 1975 and a doctorate in mathematics and statistics from American University in 1979.[1][2] He then worked as a statistician at Applied Management Sciences, providing statistical support to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. In 1984, Mitchell gave up his professional activities to return home to Grenada after the U.S. invasion.[3]

Cricket career[edit]

Mitchell was also a cricketer, a spin bowler, who captained the Grenada team in 1973.[4] He has since been a prominent cricket administrator in the West Indies alongside his political career.[5]

Political career[edit]

In the December 1984 general election, he was elected to a seat in the House of Representatives from St. George North West constituency and he has held the seat in each subsequent election.[6] Mitchell was elected as leader of the NNP in January 1989,[7][8] defeating Prime Minister Herbert Blaize.[7] Blaize then dismissed Mitchell from his position as Minister of Works and Communications on 21 July 1989.[8]

After the NNP was victorious in the general election held on 20 June 1995, winning eight out of 15 seats in the House of Representatives, Mitchell took office as Prime Minister, along with his Cabinet, on 22 June.[9] Under Mitchell's leadership, the party won all 15 seats in the early election held in January 1999, and the NNP narrowly won a third term in power in the November 2003 election, reduced to a one-seat parliamentary majority.[7] Mitchell hold the additional portfolio of Minister of Finance for three periods.

The New National Party was defeated in the general election held on 8 July 2008 by the National Democratic Congress (NDC), winning only four seats against 11 for the NDC.[10] Mitchell himself was re-elected to his seat from St. George North West.[6][11] NDC leader Tillman Thomas succeeded Mitchell as Prime Minister on 9 July. Mitchell said that the people voted for change and congratulated Thomas.[10] Following the election, he continued as NNP leader and was sworn in as Leader of the Opposition on 16 July 2008.[12]

In the February 2013 general election, the NNP won all 15 parliamentary seats. After this resounding victory, Mitchell was sworn in as Prime Minister on 20 February 2013.[13] Looking ahead to the next election, Mitchell predicted that his party could win all 15 seats in parliament for a third time. Mitchell and his New National Party created history by retaining all 15 seats in the Grenada General Election of 13 March 2018. It is the first time any political party regionally or otherwise has achieved such a feat.[14] Mitchell held the additional portfolio of Minister of Finance until 2020.[15]


  1. ^ "Biography: Keith Claudius Mitchell". Government of Grenada. 9 October 2009. Archived from the original on 18 October 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Keith Claudius (1980). A study of ridge regression and some examples of its application in multivariate analysis. Washington, D.C.: American University. hdl:1961/thesesdissertations:894. OCLC 7468179.
  3. ^ Marker, David (1 June 2017). "Interview with Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada". Amstat News. Retrieved 31 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Keith Mitchell". CricketArchive. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  5. ^ Cozier, Tony. "West Indies cricket needs Legends' clout". Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  6. ^ a b "New prime minister of Grenada sworn in". Caribbean Net News. 10 July 2008. Archived from the original on 31 July 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  7. ^ a b c Political Parties of the World (6th edition, 2005), ed. Bogdan Szajkowski, page 265.
  8. ^ a b "Jul 1989 - Grenada", Keesing's Record of World Events, volume 35, July 1989, Grenada, page 36,812.
  9. ^ "Jun 1995 - New Grenada Cabinet", Keesing's Record of World Events, volume 41, June 1995, Grenada, page 40,592.
  10. ^ a b Worme, George (10 July 2008). "Thomas wins by a landslide in Grenada". The Nation. Barbados. Archived from the original on 14 July 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  11. ^ "A decisive victory: Let there be no doubt". Archived from the original on 3 August 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Mitchell is new Opposition Leader" Archived 12 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Grenada Today, 26 July 2008.
  13. ^ "Clean sweep", Jamaica Observer, 21 February 2013.
  14. ^ "Clean sweep! Grenada PM predicts repeat victory". WIC News. 9 November 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Grenada PM passes Finance ministry torch".

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