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Joanne Massiah
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Joanne Maureen Massiah, MP
Political Leader, Democratic National Alliance, Antigua and Barbuda

Joanne Massiah is an Antiguan and Barbudan politican and former Cabinet Minister. Currently, she is the parliamentary representative for All Saints East & St. Luke.

Early life and education

Joanne was born in the village of All Saints right at the crossroads. Her roots are in John Hughes, Seatons, Willikies and Glanvilles. She is a graduate of the Antigua Girls High School, an honours graduate of the City University of New York and holds a B.A in Political Science. She also holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Oregon Law School and is a member of both the New York and Antigua & Barbuda bars. She holds Executive Education Certificates from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Career

Massiah is an Attorney-at-Law by profession. Prior to assuming public office, she practiced in the law firm of Massiah and Mack where she specialized in civil, corporate and family law.

Massiah is the first woman appointed to the Upper House of Parliament by the United Progressive Party (UPP). She is a strong advocate for women's rights and has spoken out internationally on the importance of women and children in Caribbean societies. Her activism includes being a past president of the Collaborative Committee for the Promotion of Emotional Health in Children (CCOPE), a member of the Professional Organization for Women in Antigua and Barbuda (POWA), a founding member of the Performing Arts Society of Antigua and Barbuda (PASAB) to name a few. She regularly counsels young people.

In 2004 she was appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production and Marine Affairs in the Baldwin Spencer administration.

Massiah successfully contested the All Saints East & St. Luke seat in the 12 June 2014 election, defeating Colin James of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party. She later assumed the position of Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Marine Resources and Food Production following the death of the substantive minister Charlesworth Samuel. During the UPP second term in office, Massiah served as Minister of State in the Ministry of Legal Affairs.

Personal life

Senator Massiah is the proud mother of two adolescent sons, Kurt and Brian, both of whom are enrolled at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

ELECTION TIMELINE
Year District Party Votes % votes Result Notes
2018 All Saints East & St. Luke Democratic National Alliance 1,624 52.83% Lost Lost to Jamale Pringle (UPP)
2014 All Saints East & St. Luke United Progressive Party 1,624 52.83% Won 1st Term
2009 St. Peter United Progressive Party 923 36.76% Lost Lost to Asot Michael (ALP)
2004 St. Peter United Progressive Party 828 41.69% Lost Lost to Asot Michael (ALP)
PARLIAMENTARY TIMELINE
Post Chamber Party Date
Representative for All Saints East & St. Luke House of Representatives UPP 12 Jun 2014 - 26 Feb 2018
Senator Senate UPP 22 Apr 2003 - 12 Jun 2014
PORTFOLIOS
Post Date
Minister of State in the Ministry of Legal Affairs 16 Mar 2009 - 12 Jun 2014
Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Marine Resources and Food Production 16 May 2008 - 15 Mar 2009
Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Production and Marine Affairs with responsibility for Food Production and Marine Affairs 26 Mar 2004 - 4 Jan 2005
Sources
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Joanne Massiah
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Occupation Lawyer, Politician
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Place of Birth Antigua and Barbuda
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Notable Accomplishments
Former Repreentative for All Saints, Antigua
Former Cabinet Minister
Political Leader, Democratic National Alliance, Antigua and Barbuda
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