Thomas Desmond Bannister


Thomas Desmond Bannister was born in picturesque Staniard Creek, Andros, in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

He attended all-age schools in Andros and Bimini before completing his primary school education in New Providence.  He earned a scholarship to The Government High School, and after graduation earned degrees from Miami Dade Community College; Grinnell College, Iowa; The University of the West Indies; and The Norman Manley Law School.

Minister Bannister served as Crown Counsel in the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) before moving into private practice where he distinguished himself in litigation.    His commitment to service led him to give back to his profession as a part time Lecturer in Law at The Bahamas Bar, The Institute of Bankers, and The College of The Bahamas.  The Minister has also served as an acting Stipendiary and Circuit Magistrate.

Minister Bannister, who is also a lifelong sports enthusiast, was elected President of The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA), where he pioneered numerous reforms.  Under his leadership The Bahamas won its first three Olympic Gold medals in athletics, as well as many other Olympic World Championship and Commonwealth medals.

The Minister’s political service has included two stints in the Senate.  He has given distinguished service to The Commonwealth of The Bahamas as the elected Member of Parliament for the Carmichael constituency through his Cabinet service as Minister of State for Legal Affairs; Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture and Minister of Education.   He currently serves as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Works.

Minister Bannister is married to Donna Bannister nee Charlow. The couple are proud parents of college students Dominique and Danielle.


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