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John Maginley
(13 January 1960 - )
Herbert John Maginley
Former Cabinet Minister, Antigua and Barbuda

Herbert John Maginley is an Antiguan politician and former parliamentarian and Cabinet Minister.

Early life and education

Herbert John Maginley was born on 13 January 1960 and grew up in Coolidge. He attended the Ms. Robinson School, St. Michael's School and The Princess Margaret Secondary School in Antigua, The Lodge School in Barbados, the Palm Beach Junior College in Florida, and The Louisiana Technical Institute in Ruston, Louisiana, USA. He achieved a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance at the Louisiana Technical Institute and graduated in 1981.


Maginley served as the parliamentary representative for St. John's Rural North for two consecutive terms (2004 - 2014). In 2004, he was appointed Minister of Health, Sports and Youth Affairs. In 2009, he was appointed Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, and Culture.

Maginley has served as Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Council fo Ministers and is a fierce advocate for Caribbean tourism. He organized and led a delegation of seven Tourism Ministers to London to urge the UK government to revist the APD tax which has an adverse affect on British tourism in the region. Maginley also spearheaded the launch of ANtigua & Barbuda's new digital platform, www.VisitAntiguaBarbuda.com, which connects the world to Antigua & Barbuda. As Tourism Minister, he's helped see Antigua & Barbuda through the worst global economic crisis since the Great Depression. He was instrumental in keeping hotels open across the island and in making the blockbuster new Beaches resort a reality.

Maginley also served as the President of the Executive Committee of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in the UPP's first term. He was the first Caribbean Minister of Health to achieve this honour. Minister Maginley is responible for opening Mount St. John's Medical Center (MSJMC), the destination's state of the art medical facility.

Maginley lost his seat in the 12 June 2014 general election to Charles Fernandez of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party.

Personal life

Maginley is the father of two children, Jody and Aliah.

Maginley is a past president of the Rotary Club of Antigua. He's also a sportsman of note - an avid cricketer and an accomplished tennis player. He is the only Antiguan to have represented the Commonwealth Caribbean Tennis Association on their Davis Cup Team. He also represented our country on the OECS and the Antigua & Barbuda Davis Cup Teams. He is a certified Tennis Professional and has Pro 1 certification from the United States Professional Tennis Association. He also has a passion for cricket. He served as the First Vice President of the Antigua Cricket Association, and served as Chairman of the Board of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of World Cup Cricket Antigua Inc. 

Year District Party Votes % votes Result Notes
2014 St. John's Rural North United Progressive Party 1,205 39.23% Lost Lost to Charles Fernandex (ABLP)
2009 St. John's Rural North United Progressive Party 1,462 51.88% Won 2nd Term
2004 St. John's Rural North United Progressive Party 1,728 62.95% Won 1st Term
1999 St. John's Rural North United Progressive Party 960 45.89% Lost Lost to Osmond Lake (ALP)
Post Chamber Party Date
MP for St. John's Rural North House of Representatives UPP 23 March 2004 - 12 June 2014
Post Date
Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, and Culture 16 March 2009 - 12 June 2014
Minister of Health 1 January 2007 - 15 March 2009
Minister of Health, Sports and Youth Affairs 26 March 2004 - 31 December 2006
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John Maginley
Occupation Politician
Date of Birth 13 January 1960
Place of Birth Coolidge, Antigua
Notable Accomplishments
Former parliamentarian and Cabinet Minister
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