Senate (Trinidad and Tobago)

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11th Republican Parliament
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Nigel DeFreitas, PNM
Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate
Wade Mark, UNC
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Political groups
  •   People's National Movement (16)


Appointment by the president on advice of the prime minister (16), at her discretion (9) and opposition leader (6)
Meeting place
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The Red House, Abercromby Street, Downtown, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
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The Senate of Trinidad and Tobago is the appointed upper house of the bicameral Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago, along with the President and House of Representatives of Trinidad and Tobago. The Senate currently sits at the Red House. The Senate has 31 members all appointed by the President: 16 Government Senators appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister, 6 Opposition Senators appointed on the advice of the Leader of the Opposition and 9 Independent Senators appointed in the discretion of the President from outstanding persons who represent other sectors of civil society. The presiding officer, the President of the Senate, is elected from among the Senators who are not Ministers or Parliamentary Secretaries. A senator must be at least 25 years old and a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago. The current President of the Senate is Senator Christine Kangaloo who is at present the only woman of Indian origin in the world to currently hold this position.[2]


President of the Senate of Trinidad and Tobago[edit]

Senator the Honourable Christine Kangaloo

Independent Senators[edit]

  • Sen. Paul Richards
  • Sen. Evans Welch
  • Sen. Charrise Seepersad
  • Sen. Deoroop Teemal
  • Sen. Hazel Thompson-Ahye
  • Sen. Dr. Maria Dillon-Remy
  • Sen. Amrita Deonarine
  • Sen. Dr. Varma Deyalsingh
  • Sen. Anthony Viera

Government Senators[edit]

  • Sen. Nigel de Freitas (Senate Vice-President)
  • Sen. the Hon. Franklin Khan (Leader of Government Business in the Senate & Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs)
  • Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat (Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries)
  • Sen. the Hon. Dennis Moses (Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs)
  • Sen. the Hon. Jennifer Baptiste-Primus (Minister of Labour & Small Enterprise Development)
  • Sen. the Hon. Paula Gopee-Scoon (Minister of Trade and Industry)
  • Sen. Avinash Singh (Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries)
  • Sen. Dr. Lester Henry
  • Sen. Daniel Dookie
  • Sen. Foster Cummings
  • Sen. Garvin Simmonette
  • Sen. the Hon. Rohan Sinanan (Minister of Works and Transport)
  • Sen. the Hon. Kazim Hosein (Minister of Local Government)
  • Sen. Jason Williams
  • Sen. the Hon. Allyson West (Minister in the Ministry of Finance)

Opposition Senators[edit]

  • Sen. Wade Mark (Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate)
  • Sen. Jearlean John
  • Sen. Jayanti Lutchmedial
  • Sen. Damian Lyder
  • Sen. Anil Roberts
  • Sen. David Nakhid

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Trinidad and Tobago Parliament". Retrieved 29 August 2020.


  1. ^ Kangaloo was elected President of the Senate under the nomination of the PNM. However, the position of Senate President is officially one without political affiliation.[1]

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