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Leon Errol Cort
(13 May 1958 - )
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Dr. Leon Errol Cort
Former Cabinet Minister, Antigua and Barbuda

Errol Cort is an Antigua and Barbudan politician, lawyer, economist, and former Cabinet Minister.

Early life and education

Dr. Cort is a trained economist and also an Attorney-at-law. He received his secondary education at St. Joseph's Academy before completing a Bachelor's degree in commerce at Dalhousie University in 1979. He later earned BA and MA degree in Law from the University of Oxford (1985) and a doctorate in Economics from Dalhousie University (1985).

Career

In 2004, Cort unseated incumbent Prime Minister Lester Bird, in the St. John's Rural East constitutency. He was then served as Minister of Finance and the Economy in the Baldwin Spencer administration. After losing his seat to Bird in 2009, Cort was appointed a senator and Minister of National Security.

His portfolio previously included Industry, Commerce, Customs, Investment, Economic Planning and Development, and Financial Services Regulation, Property Valuation and Tax Compliance. He also served as Attorney General of Antigua and Barbuda from 1999 to 2001 during an earlier Antigua Labour Party government and was responsible for spearheading electoral reform in Antigua & Barbuda.

Cort unsuccessfully contested the 12 June 2014 election, losing again to Lester Bird of the Antigua and Babuda Labour Party.

Personal life

Cort is married to Sharilyn Cort.

ELECTION TIMELINE
Year District Party Votes % votes Result Notes
2014 St. John's Rural East United Progressive Party 1,556 42.05% Lost Lost to Lester Bird (ABLP)
2009 St. John's Rural East United Progressive Party 1,843 47.77% Lost Lost to Lester Bird (ALP)
2004 St. John's Rural East United Progressive Party 1,956 52.54% Won 1st Term
PARLIAMENTARY TIMELINE
Post Chamber Party Date
Senator Senate UPP March 2009 - 12 June 2014
MP for St. John's Rural North House of Representatives UPP 23 March 2004 - 12 March 2009
PORTFOLIOS
Post Date
Minister of National Security 16 March 2009 - 12 June 2014
Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Planning 26 March 2004 - 15 March 2009
Attorney-General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs 12 March 1999 - 21 May 2001
Sources
http://www.ab.gov.ag/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Errol_Cort
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Errol Cort
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Occupation Lawyer, Economist, Politician
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Place of Birth Antigua and Barbuda
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Notable Accomplishments
Former parliamentarian and Cabinet Minister
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