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The Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham
Prime Minister of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas
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The Rt. Hon. Hubert
Alexander Ingraham, M.P.
The Prime Minister
Minister of Finance
The Right Honourable Hubert
Alexander Ingraham was sworn in as the fourth Prime Minister of The Bahamas by
His Excellency the Hon. Arthur D. Hanna Governor-General on May 4, 2007,
following the May 02 general election in which the Free National Movement (FNM)
party triumphed over the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP). Prime Minister
Ingraham is also Minister of Finance.
He retained his North Abaco constituency seat in the House of Assembly in the
Prime Minister Ingraham previously served as Prime Minister when the FNM ousted
a PLP administration in August 1992. That election victory ended 25 years of
governance by the PLP which was led by the late Rt. Hon. Sir Lynden Pindling.
In the May 02, 2007 election, the FNM won 23 of 41 seats in the House of
Assembly defeating the PLP under the under the leadership of former Prime
Minister Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie.
Hubert Ingraham was born in Pine Ridge, Grand Bahama, on August 4, 1947. He grew
up in Abaco and attended Cooper’s Town Public School Cooper’ Town. He later
attended the Southern Senior School and the Government High School Evening
Institute in Nassau. Following brief periods of employment in the accounting
departments of Owens-Illinois Sugar Mill Company in Abaco, The Bahamas
Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) and the Chase Manhattan Bank in Nassau,
Prime Minister Ingraham became an articled law clerk and was called to The
Bahamas Bar in December, 1972.
He entered private practice and became the senior partner in the firm of
Christie, Ingraham & Co.
An active member and officer in the Nassau and Bahamas Jaycees, he entered
front-line politics in 1975 when he was elected to the National General Council
of the PLP. He became party chairman in 1976.
Prime Minister Ingraham was first elected to the House of Assembly in 1977 as
the representative for his hometown constituency of Cooper’s Town, North Abaco.
He has been re-elected on six consecutive occasions as the representative for
He has served as a member of the House Standing Committee on Privilege and
Public Accounts, as chairman of a Select Committee on Influence Peddling and
Political Contributions and as chairman of The Bahamas Mortgage Corporation. He
has also served as a member of the Air Transport Licensing Authority and
chairman of the Real Property Tax Tribunal.
In 1982, Prime Minister the he was appointed Minister responsible for Housing
and National Insurance. He held the post for only two years. His public
criticism of the then government’s inaction in the face of damaging revelations
of corruption in high places by the 1984 Commission of Inquiry resulted in his
dismissal from the Cabinet and in 1986, his expulsion from the PLP.
His strong personal political support in his constituency permitted him to
continue to speak out against corruption in the government and to call for
radical changes in the political culture of patronage and nepotism. His
re-election to Parliament as an Independent in 1987 made him a political force
to be reckoned with.
Prime Minister the Rt. Hon Hubert Ingraham, joined the then Official Opposition
Party, the Free National Movement, in 1990. In May of the same year he was
elected leader of the party and appointed Leader of the Official Opposition.
He imprinted his style on the FNM. He made his belief in and calls for honest,
open transparent and accountable government, a fundamental tenet of his new
party and energized its various factions to pull off a stunning victory over the
ruling party in a by-election in the Marco City constituency in Grand Bahama in
A child of working-class parents, Prime Minister Ingraham has a strong social
conscience, which influenced the policies of his party and government. However,
he is a pragmatic politician and notwithstanding his strong identification with
and ties to the grassroots of society, he has cultivated important relationships
with the business community of The Bahamas.
His first term in government was marked by a deliberate reduction in the size of
government, reducing government’s direct intervention in the economy and
promoting fresh private investment, both domestic and international. He and his
government have been credited with the revitalization of The Bahamas economy
since 1992, most particularly of its tourism sector, which has enjoyed massive
international capital infusions over the past seven years and its financial
services sector, which restored confidence in The Bahamas as a clean financial
jurisdiction spurred increased international banking and trust businesses in
In 1993, he was made a member of Her Majesty’s most honourable Privy Council.
On March 03, 2000, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of
He is married to the former Delores Miller of Long Island, a public high school
principal. The couple had five children.
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