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Biography: Keith Claudius Mitchell

Dr. the Rt. Honourable Keith Claudius Mitchell

Prime Minister,

Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique

Term of Appointment: (1995-2008, 2013-present)

Keith Claudius Mitchell was born to Dowlyn and Catherine Mitchell in Brizan, St. George.

He received his primary education at the Happy Hill R.C. School and the J.W. Fletcher Memorial School. He went on to the Presentation Brothers College then to the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, where he gained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Chemistry (1971), followed by a Master’s Degree from Howard University (1975) and a Doctorate in Mathematics and Statistics from American University (1979).

An avid cricketer, Dr. Mitchell was a member of the Grenada Cricket Team from 1964 – 1966. In 1973, he was made Captain of the Grenada Cricket Team as well as the combined Windward and Leeward Youth Cricket Team. He taught at the Presentation Brothers College and was a Mathematics Professor at Howard University between 1977 and 1983. He also started his own consulting firm in Washington, D.C., and subsequently worked as a professional consultant to many Government Departments and private corporations in the United States.

In 1984, he was elected Member of Parliament for St. George North West, and has held the seat in each subsequent election. Dr. Mitchell was elected Political Leader of the New National Party (NNP) in 1989, defeating then Prime Minister Herbert Blaize. He served as Minister of Communications, Works and Public Utilities, Cooperatives, Community Development, Women’s Affairs and Civil Aviation from 1988 to 1989 in the New National Party Government. 

On June 20,1995, Dr. Mitchell successfully led the party to victory in general elections, winning eight of fifteen seats in the House of Representatives. Dr. Mitchell took office as Prime Minister, along with his Cabinet, on June 22, 1995.

In the 1999 election, Dr. Mitchell led the New National Party to an unprecedented victory, winning all fifteen constituencies. He became the first Prime Minister since Grenada attained independence, to win two consecutive general elections. His portfolio included Minister of National Security, Finance, Trade, Industry, Planning and Information and later on, National Security and Information. 

Dr. Mitchell led the NNP to another unprecedented victory in the November 27, 2003 general elections, when the party secured a third consecutive term in office. He held the portfolios of National Security, Human Resource Development, Information, Information Communication Technology (ICT), Business and Private Sector Development and Youth Development. Her Majesty the Queen appointed him to the Privy Council on February 20, 2004.

The New National Party was defeated in the general election held on July 8, 2008 by the National Democratic Congress (NDC), winning only four of fifteen seats. Dr. Mitchell himself was re-elected in his constituency of St. George North West and continued to serve as NNP leader. He was sworn in as Leader of the Opposition on July 16, 2008.

On February 19, 2013, Dr. Mitchell and his New National Party defeated the incumbent Tillman Thomas and the National Democratic Congress, winning all 15 seats, the second time he and his party achieved such a historic feat. On February 20, 2013, Dr. the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell was sworn in as Prime Minister, for the fourth time.

On March 13, 2018, Dr. Mitchell led his New National Party to yet another unprecedented election victory, making a clean sweep of all fifteen seats for the third time. On March 16, 2018, Dr. Mitchell took the oath of office of Prime Minister for the fifth time.

In his capacity as Prime Minister, Dr. Mitchell has served as Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) from January to July 1998, from July to December 2004 and July to December 2017; Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank from May 1997 to May 1998; Chairman of the Ministerial Council of Association of Caribbean States from 1996 to 1997; Chairman of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) from May 2000 to January 2002, being the longest serving Chairman of the regional sub-group; Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank from May 2017 to May 2018 and Chairman of the World Bank Small States Forum from October 2016 to October 2018.Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank from May 2017 to May 2018.

Dr. Mitchell is currently Chairman of the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and Lead Head for Science and Technology in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet.

On the domestic level, Prime Minister Mitchell is also the Minister of Finance, National Security, Public Administration, Physical Development, Home Affairs and ICT.