Carol Bassett Retires As Senate President

August 17, 2017

Carol Bassett — who has served as President of the Senate since 2008 and as a Senator since 2003 — is retiring, Government House announced today, with the announcement also confirming that the three Independent Senators will be Joan Dillas-Wright, James Jardine, and Michelle Simmons.

The announcement said, “His Excellency the Governor, acting in his discretion in accordance with Section 27 of the Bermuda Constitution, has made the following appointments to the Senate:

  • Mrs Joan Dillas-Wright MBE, JP
  • Mr James Jardine JP
  • Mrs Michelle Simmons

The Governor said “I am grateful to each of the Independent Senators for their willingness to serve. Mrs Carol Bassett, who has served as President of the Senate since 2008, is retiring after 14 years of devoted and selfless service to the Bermuda Parliament.

“On behalf of my predecessors as Governor and myself, I am grateful for all of her commitment to the work of the Senate throughout her period of office.”

There are eleven members of the Senate, and the three Independents join Government/PLP Senators Anthony Richardson, Jason Hayward, Kathy Simmons, Crystal Caesar, and Vance Campbell; as well as Opposition/OBA Senators Nandi Outerbridge, Nicholas Kempe, and Andrew Simons.

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