| Laura Tucker-Longsworth, OBE
Speaker of the House of Reprseentatives of Belize
Laura Tucker-Longsworth is a Belizean politician and the current Speaker of the Belzie House of Representatives.
Early life and education
Laura Tucker-Longsworth was born in Belize to Clive and Veronica Tucker. She is a registered nurse who received basic nursing and midwifery education from the Bliss School of Nursing, Belize. She holds a Certificate in Nursing from the University of the West Indies and a Master of Science degree from Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Loyola University, Chicago. She is an Advanced Practice Nurse with specializations in Health Systems Management.
Laura Tucker-Longsworth is a co-ordinator for the Registered Nurse bachelor’s programme at the University of the West Indies Open Campus in Belize. She was a founding member of the Belize Cancer Society (BCS), also serving as its president. She is chair of the National AIDS Commission and of the disciplinary committee for the Nurses and Midwives Council of Belize. Tucker-Longsworth is also a director of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition. She is also an entrepreneur and managing director of Nursing & Healthcare Services Consultants Ltd. which offers services to healthcare providers and agencies in delivering quality healthcare.
In January 2017, she was appointed Speaker of the Belize House of Representatives. She is the third woman who has been appointed Speaker in the history of Belize.
Honours and awards
In 2015, Mrs. Tucker-Longsworth was appointed and Officer in the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her service as a career nurse.
Mrs. Tucker-Longsworth is married to husband Stanley D. Longsworth and is the mother of three children.