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The Senate currently consists of 12 Senators plus the President of the Senate. The Senators are appointed by the Governor General as follows: six on the advice of the Prime Minister, three on the advice of the Leader of the Opposition, one member on the advice of the Belize Council of Churches and the Evangelical Association of Churches, one on the advice of the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Belize Business Bureau and one on the advice of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize and the Civil Society Steering Committee.

The President of the Senate is then selected by the 12 Senators, either from amongst themselves or from the general populace. The President presides over the sessions of the Senate but ordinarily has no voice nor vote in the proceedings (as would an appointed Senator), except in the cases of the passing of bills (legislation) where he/she has a casting vote. Where the President is selected from amongst the twelve, the powers of Senator and President of the Senate are vested in this one person. Otherwise, the President has no powers as would ordinarily be vested in a Senator. Over the past few years, there has been much debate over whether the members of the Senate should be appointed or elected. This discussion continues as Belizeans continue to weigh the pros and cons of an elected versus appointed senate.

Members of the Senate
Members Name Post
Hon. Marco Pech President
Ms. Juliet Thimbriel Vice President
Mr. Gerardo Marconi Sosa United Democratic Party (UDP)
Hon. Joy Grant Government Senator and Minister of Energy, Science and Technology and Public Utilities
Mr. Godwin Hulse Leader of Government Business and Minister of Labour, Local Government, Rural Development and National Emergency Management
Mr. Markhelm Jude Lizarraga United Democratic Party (UDP)
Ms. Collet Emmanuel Montejo People's United Party (PUP)
Ms. Lisa Shoman People's United Party (PUP)
Mr. Karen Marie Bodden People's United Party (PUP)
Hon. Charles Gibson Government Senator and Minister of Public Service and Elections and Boundaries
Hon. Lisel Alamilla Government Senator and Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development
Reverend Father Noel Leslie Belize Council of Churches and Evangelical Association of Churches
Mr. Ray Lincoln Davis National Trade Union Congress and the Civil Society Steering Committee
Presidents of the Senate
The President of the Senate has the same responsibility as the Speaker of the House of Representatives. She/he presides over the Sitting of the Senate. It is the President's role to ensure that there is order and decorum during a Senate Sitting and also to apply the rules of the Senate (Standing Orders of the Senate). The President of the Senate chairs the Committee of the Whole Senate, the Constitution and Foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate and also any other Committee of the Senate. The President of the Senate is the Deputy Chairperson to the National Assembly Staff Committee.
Name Entered Office Left Office
Hon. Ewart W. FRANCIS 12 Mar 1965 3 Oct 1974
Hon. Elito Omar URBINA 8 Nov 1974 27 Jul 1979
Hon. George Osmond DAKERS 30 Nov 1979 21 Mar 1980
Hon. William COFFIN 23 May 1980 Dec 1983
Hon. Gadsby RAMOS 24 Jan 1984 9 Nov 1984
Hon. Doris June GARCIA 21 Dec 1984 31 Jul 1989
Hon. Jane USHER 15 Sep 1989 1 Jun 1993
Hon. Edward FLOWERS 16 Jul 1993 13 Jul 1998
Hon. Elizabeth ZABANEH 12 Sep 1998 Jul 2001
Hon. Sylvia FLORES 14 Aug 2001 4 Feb 2003
Hon. Philip ZUNIGA 4 Apr 2003 7 Jan 2008
Hon. Andrea GILL 14 Mar 2008 3 Feb 2012
Hon Marco PECH 31 Mar 2012 Present
source: http://www.nationalassembly.gov.bz
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