The Hon. Michael H. Dunkley, JP, MP
Former Premier of Bermuda
Michael H. Dunkley (born 1963) is a Bermudian politician, and former Premier of Bermuda.
Early life and education
Michael H. Dunkley was born on 18 June 1958, to Henry “Bill” Dunkley (deceased) and Marye Lee Dunkley.
dunkley was educated at Saltus Grammar School in Bermuda, Trinity College School in Port Hope Ontario Canada, and graduated from the University of Richmond in 1980 where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Scholar Athlete Award.
Since his return to Bermuda, he has run the family business Dunkley’s Dairy and has built a reputation through the years as a respected businessman. He has also been involved in public service for most of his working life.
Dunkley was first elected to the House of Assembly in the May 1997 bye election in the Devonshire South constituency under the Uunited Bermuda Party (UBP). In the 24 July 2003 general election, he was elected under the UBP in Devonshire East, Constituency 11.
On 3 April 2007, Michael Dunkley replaced Wayne Furbert as leader of the opposition UBP. Shifting to a different constitiency, Smith’s North, constituency 10, Dunkley lost to the PLP incumbent, Patrice Minors, in the
17 December 2007 general election. He went on to serve as the UBP Leader in the Senate from
February 2008 – November 2010.
On 17 May 2011, Dunkley resigned from the UBP and joined the One Bermuda Alliance (OBA). He was elected Deputy leader of the OBA on
10 September 2011 – elected.
18 December 2012 general election, Dunkley won 67.47% of the votes in unseating incumbent Patrice Minors (PLP) in Smith’s North, constituency 10. He was sworn in as minister of National Security and Deputy Premier on 20 December 2012.
On 20 May 2014, Dunkley was sworn in a Premier of Bermuda following the resignation of Premier Craig Cannonier.
Before being elected Michael served on numerous government boards in Bermuda among them the Hospital Insurance Commission, the Board of Agriculture and the Immigration Board.
Dunkley's OBA was defeated in the 18 July 2017 general election. He subsequently stepped down as the leader of the OBA.
Dunley was married to Pamela on 23 May 1981, and they have two daughters, Christine and Brooke. They live in Devonshire, Bermuda.
Dunkley is an active sportsman and in his younger days, he played first-division cricket and soccer and still enjoys golf, tennis and keeping fit. He has served as president of The Mid-Ocean Club and is a member of the Bermuda Athletic Association, the Bermuda Squash Racquets Association and Coral Beach Club. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and keeping fit.