The Parliament of Jamaica is the legislative branch of the government of Jamaica. It is a bicameral body, composed of an appointed Senate and an elected House of Representatives.

The Senate (Upper House) – the direct successor of a pre-Independence body known as the "Legislative Council" – comprises 21 senators appointed by the governor-general: thirteen on the advice of the Prime Minister and eight on the advice of the Leader of the Opposition.

The House of Representatives, the Lower House, is made up of 63 (previously 60) Members of Parliament, elected to five-year terms on a first-past-the-post basis in single-seat constituencies.

The Parliament meets at Gordon House at 81 Duke Street, Kingston.[1] It was built in 1960 and named in memory of Jamaican patriot George William Gordon.[2]

Inside the Parliament of Jamaica


As Jamaica is a Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy, most of the government's ability to make and pass laws is dependent on Prime Ministers to command the confidence of the members of the House of Representatives. Though both Houses of Parliament hold Political significance, the House of Representatives of which the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition are both required to be members of holds a more Powerful and Prestigious role since it is the main source of Legislation.

House of Representatives

The House of Representatives is the Lower House. It is the group of elected members of parliament.

Government - Jamaica Labour Party members

Opposition- People's National Party members


The Senate is the Upper House. This is the list of senators:

Government Senators

  1. Senator The Hon. Tom Tavares-Finson, QC – President
  2. Senator Aubyn Hill - Deputy President
  3. Senator The Hon. Kamina Johnson-Smith - Leader of Government Business
  4. Senator The Hon. Ruel Reid - Education and Information
  5. Senator The Hon. Pearnel Patroe Charles Jr.
  6. Senator Kavan Gayle
  7. Senator Ransford Braham, QC
  8. Senator Don Wehby
  9. Senator Charles Sinclair, Jr.
  10. Senator Matthew Samuda
  11. Senator Delroy Williams
  12. Senator Kerensia Morrison
  13. Senator Dr. Sapphire Longmore-Dropinski

Opposition Senators

  1. Senator Donna Scott-Mottley - Leader of Opposition Business
  2. Senator Keith D. Knight, QC
  3. Senator Damion Crawford
  4. Senator Floyd Morris
  5. Senator Sophia Frazer-Binns
  6. Senator Lambert Brown
  7. Senator Wentsworth Skeffery
  8. Senator Noel Sloley

Current composition

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Jamaica Labour Party 437,178 49.5 33 +12
People's National Party 433,629 49.1 30 –12
Marcus Garvey People's Progressive Party 260 0.03 0 0
National Democratic Movement 223 0.03 0 0
People's Progressive Party 91 0.01 0 New
Independents A 212 0.01 0 0
Independents B 1,021 0.13 0 0
Invalid/Rejected Ballots 9,875
Total 882,489 100 63 0
Registered voters/turnout 1,824,412 48.37%
Source: Electoral Commission (100% of vote counted)

See also


  1. ^ "Contact Us". Japarliament.gov.jm. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  2. ^ "History". Japarliament.gov.jm. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 

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