Premier of the Cayman Islands, Hon. Alden M. McLaughlin, was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in 2000 and has been a legislator ever since.
He served as the Minister of Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports and Culture from 2005-2009. Under his leadership the ministry was responsible for the creation of the new Education Modernisation Law and piloted its passage through the Legislative Assembly in early 2009. This new law raised the mandatory age for school attendance from 16 to 17 and set in place the framework for what is now being called the Year 12 programme in the government high-school system.
For his contribution to constitutional development in the Cayman Islands, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II awarded him the M.B.E. in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2010.
In February 2011 he became Political Leader of the Progressives, of which he is a founding member. He was subsequently sworn in as Leader of The Opposition in the Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands.
He was named Premier following the General Elections of the Cayman Islands in May 2013, where the Progressives won the majority of seats.
Mr. McLaughlin is a lawyer of 25 years standing and a former partner in the Cayman Islands law firm of Charles Adams, Ritchie and Duckworth. He is a past president of the Caymanian Bar Association and The Lions Club of Grand Cayman.
Last Updated 2016-01-13