The Hon. Sir Louis Hilton Straker, KCMG
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Sir Louis Hilton Straker is a politician and current Deputy Prime Minister of Vincent and the Grenadines.
Early life and education
Sir Louis Hilton Straker was born in the village of Layou on 23 February 1944 to Bertram Augustus Straker and Pearlina Lockhart. He attended the Layou Government School and Emmanuel High School. He obtained a BA in Political Science from Hunter College, City University of New York, and then a Master's in Business Administration from Long Island University.
Sir Louis started a career in teaching at the Layou Government School, but left after 18 months to pursue higher education in the United States of America. He later worked for the Chemical Bank of New York (now Chase Manhattan), and retired after 25 years of service.
In 1994, he contested the General Elections on a Unity Labour Party (ULP) ticket and became the Member of Parliament for the Central Leeward Constituency. He was re-elected in the 1998 general elections, and again on 28 March 2001. On 1 April 2001, Straker was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Commerce, and Trade. In May 2005, he was appointed Minister of Transport, Works, and Housing. He was returned as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Trade after successfully contesting the December 2005 General Elections.
In 2010, Sir Louis bowed out of politics. However, in 2015, he was selected to represent the Unity Labour Party (ULP) in the Central Leeward constituency in the General Election. He won his old seat and was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration in the fourth Ralph Gonsalves Administration.
Honours and awards
Straker was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in December 2005.
Sir Louis is married to Lynda Violet Straker and has four adult children.