Former Leader of the Opposition, The Bahamas
Loretta Butler-Turner is a Bahamian politician and a former Leader of the Opposition.
Early life and education
Loretta Butler-Turner was born in Nassau, The Bahamas to Rose Marie Taylor and Raleigh Butler, who was the son of the first Bahamian Governor-General, Milo Butler. She attended primary and secondary school at St. Andrews in Nassau and was the first Bahamian female to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in mortuary sciences. She graduated summa cum laude from the New England Institute of Mortuary Science.
Butler-Turner was the first female mortuary director and embalmer in The Bahamas, following in her father's business, Butlers’ Funeral Homes and Crematorium of Nassau. She has provided services for several notable deaths, particularly the death of Aaliyah and Daniel Wayne Smith, son of Anna Nicole Smith.
In 2007, she was elected to parliament from the Montagu Constituency and was appointed Minister of State for Social Development in the Ministry of Labour and Social Development. When Jeanette Carrillo Madrigal of Costa Rica resigned her position as Vice President of the Inter-American Commission of Women in November, 2009, Butler-Turner completed the remainder of the term, which ended in 2011.
In 2012, Butler-Taylor ran for the parliamentary seat of the Long Island Constituency, was elected and was appointed as Minister of the Department of Social Services. That same year, she was chosen as the Deputy Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM) and ran for the party leadership in 2014. She was defeated by Hubert Minnis and Peter Turnquest, replaced her as Deputy Leader.
In December 2016, Butler-Turner was sworn in as the first woman Opposition Leader in the Bahamas history. Four days later, Butler came under fire from her predecessor, Hubert Minnis who vowed to have her leadership rescinded.