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Derrick Burgess
The Hon. Derrick V. Burgess, JP, MP
Former Deputy Premier, and Former Leader of the Opposition of Bermuda

Derrick Burgess is a Bermudian politician and a former Leader of the Opposition in Bermuda.

Early life and education

Derrick V. Burgess was educated at Harrington Sound Primary School, and at Prospect Secondary School for Boys (also known as Cunningham's). He earned a Diploma in Hotel Management from the Lewis Hotel School in Washington, D.C. and has pursued programmes of study at Bermuda College, the City College of Chicago, the University of Maryland, and the Lewis Hotel School in Washington, D.C. and not surprisingly, given his background in trade unionism, the George Meany Labour College, also in Washington, D.C. 


Derrick V. Burgess, had a long career in Bermuda’s hospitality industry before assuming the post of President of the Bermuda Industrial Union (BIU). He began his career as a busboy at the now defunct Coral Island Hotel, where he rose to the post of General Manager. He later worked at some of the best hotels in Bermuda receiving a number of promotions due to the high standard of his performance.

During his tenure as President, he quickly enhanced his reputation as a fearless defender of the rights of workers in Bermuda. Having commenced his career as a busboy at the Coral Island Hotel, he rose to the post of General Manager of the hotel, as a result of his work ethic and commitment to the tasks at hand. He later worked at the now defunct Holiday Inn, later Lowes Bermuda, later Club Med Hotel, and at the Hamilton Princess Hotel. In addition, he has served as Director of Human Resources at Grotto Bay Beach Resort.   

His involvement in trade unionism began with his election as shop steward at the Holiday Inn Hotel. He steadily rose to prominence in the BIU, becoming President of the Hotel and Restaurant Division and later Vice President. In 1996, he became President, a position he held for ten years.

In 2001, he was elected First Vice President of the Caribbean Congress of Labour, the first Bermudian to hold that position.

He was first elected PLP Member of Parliament in a February 1998 by-election, and re-elected in November 1998 when the PLP swept to victory and formed the Government after thirty-five years in opposition.

He has served on the Board of Immigration, the National Pension Plan Board and the Labour Advisory Council. He has also served as chairman of the Government Employees' Health Insurance Scheme.

On 1 September, 2006, he was appointed Minister of Labour, Home Affairs and Public Safety, with his Ministry re-configured as the Ministry of Labour and Immigration some three months later. On 20 December 2007, he was appointed Minister of Works and Engineering.

His term as Minister of Labour and Immigration saw the enactment of the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Amendment Act 2007, representing the culmination of a comprehensive review of the law relating to land holding in Bermuda.

He was elected Deputy Leader of the PLP and Deputy Premier on 28 October, 2010, following the election of the Hon. Paula A. Cox, as Premier of Bermuda; and was named Minister of Public Works.  In November 2011, he was named Minister of Transport.

On 8 September 2017, Burgess was elected Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly of Bermuda.

Personal life

Burgess is a member of St. John A.M.E Church.  He  is married to the former Brenda Walker of St. George’s, and they have three children, two foster children and six grandchildren.

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Occupation Trade Unionist, Politician
Place of Birth Bermuda
Notable Accomplishments
Acting Leader of the Opposition: 17-21 Dec 2012
Deputy Premier of Bermuda: 28 Oct 2010 - 16 Dec 2012
Deputy Speaker, House of Assembly: 8 Sep 2017 - present
Barbados Bermuda
Leaders of the Opposition of Bermuda
Progressive Labour Party

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