The Hon. George Walton Payne, MP
Cabinet Minister, Barbados
George Walton Payne is a Barbadian politician and a current Cabinet Minister.
Early life and education
George Walton Payne was born on 28 September 1948. He was educated at St. Silas Primary, Combermere Boys School and the College of Law, England. George qualified as a Solicitor in 1974 having passed the Law Society’s Solicitors Final Examination with distinctions in Revenue Law and Commercial Law. He had earlier gained distinctions in Contract Law and Land Law in the Intermediate Examinations.
He was admitted to the Barbados Bar in 1975 and founded his own law firm in 1978. George is a member of the International Tax Planning Association, the Barbados Tax Planning Association, the International Trademark Association and the International Fiscal Association. He was also a visiting lecturer in conveyancing to final year students at the Hugh Wooding Law in 1983.
He served as General Secretary of the Barbados Labour Party from 1991-1993 and has been the elected Member of Parliament for St. Andrew since 1991. He served as Minister of Public Works, Transport & Housing from 1994 – 1999, and as Minister of Tourism from 1999 -2000, during which time he was Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation.
George is a former Barbados marathon champion and an active member of Kiwanis International. In 1989 he served as Lt. Governor Division 27 Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District.
George is proud to have seen the completion of Phase 2 of the low income housing project at Orange Hill and Apes Hill; the resettlement of White Hill residents at Farmers, St. Thomas; the building of housing units at Dean Town as the first phase of a town centre there, the installation of lighting at Standard and Belleplaine playing fields; the construction of cement roads at Isolation; plans for hard courts for lawn tennis, volleyball, basketball and netball at Dean Town reaching the implementation stage and the strengthening of community life in St. Andrew.
He believes that his record of service to the people of St. Andrew, his commitment to uplifting their social and economic circumstances and his understanding of their problems are the qualities of a good representative who is able to empathize and sympathize with residents.
In 2013, George Payne was re-elected to the House of Assembly to serve the people of St. Andrew, once again.
Payne retained his seat in the 24 May 2018 election and was appointed Minister of Housing, Lands, and Rural Development in the Mia Mottley Administration.
Payne is married and is the father of one daughter.