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Victor Franklin Banks
(8 November 1947 - )
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The Honourable Victor Franklin Banks
Chief Minister of Anguilla

Victor Franklin Banks is an Anguilla politician and Chief Minister.

Early life

Banks, born on 8 November 1947, is the oldest of six siblings, born and raised in Anguilla, his father died when he was a teenager.

He got his start as a teacher at the Valley Secondary School for 4 years (1964 – 1968) and then went on to college at The University (College) of the Virgin Islands where he graduated with his BA Degree in Social Sciences (Summa cum Laude) 1972. Banks graduated with his Masters in Political Science from the New School for Social Research NY in 1975. He went on to pursue his PhD and left NewSchool in 1979 with an ABD (all but dissertation).

Career

Victor Franklin Banks is the Political Leader of the Anguilla United Front (AUF) and a veteran politician of over 33 years, 28 as an elected representative, and 25 as District  4 Representative.

Banks was the youngest Minister of Government ever appointed in Anguilla at 33 years old in 1981.  

He has been a Minister under three of Anguilla’s four Chief Ministers:

  • 1981 - 1984: Minister of Social Services
  • 1994 - 1999: Minister of Finance and Economic Development
  • 2000 - 2005: Minister of Finance, Economic Development, Investment and Commerce.
  • 2005 - 2010: Minister of Finance, Economic Development, Investment, Commerce and Tourism.

He has achieved a lot for Anguilla in his time as a minister. One of his most rewarding accomplishments was working side by side with the Father of the Nation in the implementation of the Anguilla Social Security System. Banks is proud to have been able to take a leadership role in the design and management of the Hurricane Luis Rehabilitation and Recovery Project.

He was instrumental in the development of Anguilla’s European Transhipment Project and most recently the WallBlake Airport Expansion Project that has added tremendous value to Anguilla’s tourism product.

Banks is committed to creating a robust; stable and diversified economy for Anguilla that will create more jobs; more business opportunities; more investment; and less tax. He sees an opportunity to provide more social programs and facilities that will advance wholesome youth development in Anguilla. All in all, Banks is passionate about making our people more competitive regionally and internationally by developing that competence through education and training.

Banks was sworn in as the fifth Chief Minister on 23 April 2015 following the AUF's landslide victory in the 22 April 2015 General Election.

Personal life

Banks lives in Sachasses. His hobbies are reading; listening to jazz; swimming and playing cards and dominoes. Victor enjoys attending Church and participating in the Men’s Ministry.

ELECTION TIMELINE
Year District Party Votes % votes Result Notes
1981 3 ANA - - Won 1st Term
1984 4 ADP - - Lost Lost
1985 4 ADP - - Won By-election; 2nd Term
1989 4 ADP 372 53.37% Won 3rd Term
1994 4 ADP 525 61.76% Won 4th Term
1999 4 ADP 503 62.02% Won 5th Term
2000 4 ADP 536 64.81% Won 6th Term
2005 4 AUF 539 54.12% Won 7th Term
2010 4 AUF 677 46.21% Lost Lost to Evans Gumbs (AUM)
2015 4 AUF 1,057 60.75% Won 8th Term
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Swearing in Ceremony, 24 April 2015
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Swearing in Ceremony, 24 April 2015

 

Sources
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubert_Hughes
http://www.caricom.org/jsp/community/anguilla.jsp?menu=community
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