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The Senate consists of 16 members known as “Senators”, who are appointed by the Governor-General by instrument under the Public Seal in accordance with the provisions of this Article. Nine Senators are appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister, four are appointed on the advice of the Leader of the Opposition and three are appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister after consulting the Leader of the Opposition.

For many years the legislative council (the upper house) was considered more prestigious than the house of assembly and most elected members looked forward to the “call up” to the legislative council from the house of assembly. It was not until political parties were established in the 1950’s and the institution of ministerial government in 1964 that the House of Assembly became the dominant chamber. In the constitution of 1964 the legislative council was renamed the senate and the executive functions carried out by the executive council became the responsibility of the cabinet.

Members of the Senate (2017 - present)

Formal photo of Senators at the Official Opening of Parliament, May 24, 2017 in the Senate chambers. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

  Members Name Party
  Senator the Hon. Katherine FORBES-SMITH
President
Free National Movement
  Senator the Hon. Dr. Mildred HALL
Vice-President
Free National Movement
  Senator the Hon. Carl BETHEL, QC
Leader of Government Business in the Senate
Free National Movement
  Senator the Hon. James Kwasi THOMPSON Free National Movement
  Senator the Hon. Dion FOULKES Free National Movement
  Senator the Hon. Juanianne DORSETT Free National Movement
  Senator the Hon. Dwight SAWYER Free National Movement
  Senator the Hon. Dr. Jasmine DAREUS Free National Movement
  Senator the Hon. Ranard HENFIELD Free National Movement
  Senator the Hon. Jamal MOSS Free National Movement
  Senator the Hon. Sharon FERGUSON-KNOWLES Free National Movement
  Senator the Hon. Jennifer ISAACS-DOTSON Free National Movement
  Senator the Hon. Freserick MITCHELL
Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate
Progressive Liberal Party
  Senator the Hon. Clay SWEETING Progressive Liberal Party
  Senator the Hon. Dr. Michael DARVILLE Progressive Liberal Party
  Senator the Hon. Jobeth COLEBY DAVIS Progressive Liberal Party
2012 - 2017 Senate
source: http://www.znsbahamas.com/about-parliament.php
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