|David Samuel Brandt, LLD
Former Chief Minister of Montserrat
David Samuel Brandt is a politician from Montserrat. He served as the territory's Chief Minister from 22 August 1997 to 5 April 2001.
Early life and education
Brandt obtained his Law degree from The University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus), his Certificate in Legal Education from the Sir Hugh Wooding Law School (St Augustine Campus) and a Master of Law from the University of London. His legal practice concentrates in corporate, civil and criminal law.
In 1977, Brandt was called to the Bar in both Montserrat and Antigua and Barbuda. He has been a Barrister-at-Law and Solicitor of Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court nad engaged as a Lawyer in the general practice in Montserrat from 1977 - 1990, 1992 - 1997 and April 2001 to present.
Brandt was first elected to the House in 1983 and servers as a backbencher (1983 - 1985) and Independent Opposition MP (1985 - 1991, 1993 - 1997)
In the midst of the 1997 volcanic devastation, David Samuel Brandt assumed the position of Chief Minister of Montserrat. He tirelessly represented the Montserratian cause to the British Government and was able to secure considerable development capital for the island. He retired from active politics in 2001. As a member of the Legislative Council of Montserrat, he won a seat in every election since his first attempt in 1983.
Honours and awards
In 2015, Brandt received an honorary doctorate (LLD) from the University of the West Indies Open Campus.