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Parliament of Jamaica
Coat of arms or logo
Houses Senate
House of Representatives
Elizabeth II
Since 06 August 1962
Patrick L. Allen
Since 26 February 2009
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Hon. Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert, JLP
Since 15 September 2020
President of the Senate
Sen. the Hon.Thomas Tavares-Finson CD, QC, JLP
Since 10 March 2016
Seats 84
21 Senators
63 Members of Parliament
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Senate political groups
Government (13)
  •      Jamaica Labour Party (13)

Official Opposition (8)

  •      People's National Party (8)
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House of Representatives political groups
Government (49)
  •      Jamaica Labour Party (49)

Official Opposition (14)

  •      People's National Party (14)
Vacant (0)
Appointed by Governor-General on advice of the Prime Minister (13) and Leader of the Opposition (8)
House of Representatives voting system
House of Representatives last election
3 September 2020
House of Representatives next election
Meeting place
George William Gordon House, Kingston, Jamaica

The Parliament of Jamaica is the legislative branch of the government of Jamaica. It consists of three elements: the Crown (represented by the Governor-General), the appointed Senate and the directly elected House of Representatives.

What makes up the parliament?

The Senate (Upper House) – the direct successor of a pre-Independence body known as the "Legislative Council" – made up of 21 senators appointed by the Governor-General.

The House of Representatives, the Lower House, is made up of 63 (previously 60) Members of Parliament, elected to five-year terms on a first-past-the-post basis in single-seat constituencies.

Meeting location

The Parliament meets at Gordon House at 81 Duke Street, Kingston. It was built in 1960 and named in memory of Jamaican patriot George William Gordon.

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