James Jardine To Retire As Independent Senator

October 8, 2020

James Jardine Bermuda October 2020Government House today [Oct 8] announced that James Jardine “will be retiring as an Independent Senator.”

Governor John Rankin said, “In June Mr Jardine made clear to me his wish to retire as a member of the Senate. Mr Jardine was appointed to the Senate in 2011 and became its Vice President in 2017.

“On behalf of myself and my predecessors as Governor, I would take this opportunity to thank Mr Jardine for his distinguished service to the Senate and the wider Legislature as one of the Governor’s independent appointees.

“I know that Mr Jardine carried out his duties in an always thoughtful manner based on careful analysis of the issues before him. I am sure he will be much missed by his former colleagues on the Senate and I offer him every best wish for the future.”

This means the 11-member Senate — which consists of 5 members appointed by the Government, 3 by the Opposition, and 3 Independent Senators appointed by the Governor — will have at least 7 new members [63.6%] as in addition to Mr Jardine’s retirement, six of the people who previously served in the Senate won seats in the recently held General Election.

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