Albert Bryan (politician)

Albert Bryan Jr. (born February 21, 1968) is an American Virgin Islander politician who is the ninth elected governor of the United States Virgin Islands, since 2019. He was commissioner of labor from 2007 to 2015.

Albert Bryan
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9th Governor of the United States Virgin Islands
Assumed office
January 7, 2019
LieutenantTregenza Roach
Preceded byKenneth Mapp
Personal details
Born
Albert Bryan Jr.

(1968-02-21) February 21, 1968 (age 53)
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Yolanda Cabodevilla
Children2
ResidenceGovernment House
EducationWittenberg University (BA)
University of the Virgin Islands (MBA)

Early life and professional careerEdit

Bryan was born on the island of St. Thomas, to Albert Sr. and Genevieve Pilgrim Bryan, the oldest of five sons. He grew up in the Savan neighborhood of Charlotte Amalie, the territory’s capital. As a teenager, Bryan moved to the island of St. Croix, where he graduated from St. Dunstan's Episcopal High School in 1985. Bryan earned his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Wittenberg University in 1989. He later received a Master of Business Administration from the University of the Virgin Islands St. Croix Campus in 2003.[1]

In 2007, Governor John de Jongh appointed Bryan as Commissioner of the Virgin Islands Department of Labor. When de Jongh's term ended in 2015, he returned to the private sector. Bryan was CEO and President of Aabra Group, a consulting firm, and Master Strategies, a recruiting firm. He also was executive director of the Virgin Islands chapter of Junior Achievement.[2]

Gubernatorial campaignEdit

2018 gubernatorial electionEdit

In April 2018, Bryan officially announced his candidacy for Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands when he chosen Tregenza Roach to be his running mate. They won the August 4 Democratic primary earning 39.23% of the vote to defeat former Finance commissioner Angel E. Dawson Jr. and former Senator Allison "Allie" Petrus.[3] He led the 2018 general election with 38% of the vote and won a November 20 runoff election defeating incumbent governor Kenneth Mapp with over 54% of the vote.[4]

Political careerEdit

Bryan was inaugurated as the 9th governor of the United States Virgin Islands by Rhys Hodge, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands on January 7, 2019.[5]

On January 19, Bryan signed the Virgin Islands Medicinal Cannabis Patient Care Act into law.[6] On January 28, Bryan reported legislation allowing attorney general to serve six-year terms.[7] On February 26, Bryan testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources about the USVI’s financial conditions, disaster recovery and advocated statehood for Puerto Rico.[8] In April 2019, Bryan claimed a new major hotel will be built on St. Croix.[9] On April 11, Bryan launch government transparency website.[10] In August 2019, Bryan signed a bill that prohibits certain use of sunscreens in the territory.[11] On August 28, Bryan declared a state of emergency and issued curfew from 12 noon until early the following day as Hurricane Dorian approaches USVI.[12] On October 7, 2019, Bryan signed the Hotel Development Act.[13] On October 25, 2019, Bryan submitted legislation to revamp emergency medical services.[14] In December 2019, Bryan calls territorial legislature into special session to add an amendment to the Medicinal Cannabis Patient Care Act.[15]

COVID-19 pandemicEdit

On March 13, 2020, Bryan declared a state of emergency in response to the arrival of coronavirus in the territory.[16] Effective March 23, Bryan ordered all non-essential businesses to close and residents stay at home. In April 2020, Bryan scored high with USVI voters after a poll was conducted on his handling of the pandemic.[17] On April 8, Bryan postponed in-person public school classes for the remainder of 2019-2020 school year.[18] On December 19, 2020, Bryan took the Covid-19 vaccine.[19] On June 7, 2021, Bryan announced his Vax-to-Win lottery incentive. [20] In late July 2021, Bryan expressed frustration with territory’s low vaccination rate given his goal to vaccinate 50,000 residents earlier that month. On January 10, 2022, Bryan extend restrictions to January 25 amid Omicron variant.[21]

Personal lifeEdit

Bryan and his wife, Yolanda Cabodevilla, have been married since 1998. They have two daughters.[22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Governor Bryan". Government of the United States Virgin Islands. Retrieved 2021-12-14.
  2. ^ "Governor Bryan". Government of the United States Virgin Islands. Retrieved 2021-12-14.
  3. ^ "Albert Bryan And Tregenza Roach Win Democratic Primary". VI Consortium. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  4. ^ "Albert Bryan Becomes Ninth Elected Governor Of US Virgin Islands". VI Consortium. November 20, 2018. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "Albert Bryan Jr. Takes Oath Of Office As 9th Elected Governor Of U.S. Virgin Islands". VI Consortium. January 7, 2019. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  6. ^ "Governor Bryan Signs Medicinal Marijuana Bill Into Law". VI Consortium. 2019-01-19.
  7. ^ "Governor Bryan To Introduced Legislation Allowing Six-Year Terms For Attorneys General And Removal For Cause Only". VI Consortium. 2019-01-28. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  8. ^ "Full Committee Hearing to Examine the State of U.S. Territories". Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources. 2019-02-26.
  9. ^ "Governor Bryan Says New, Major Hotel Will Be Built On St. Croix During His First Term In Office". VI Consortium. 2019-04-12.
  10. ^ "Government launches financial transparency website". The Virgin Islands Daily News. 2019-04-11. Retrieved 2019-04-12.
  11. ^ "US Virgin Islands bans sunscreens harming coral reefs". VI Consortium. August 3, 2019. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  12. ^ "Hurricane Warning Issued For USVI As Dorian Soon Makes Landfall". VI Consortium. 2019-08-28.
  13. ^ "Bryan Signs Hotel Development Act". St.Thomas Source. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  14. ^ "Governor Bryan Introduces Legislation Creating V.I.'s First Emergency Medical Services System". Government of the United States Virgin Islands. 2019-08-25.
  15. ^ "U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Calls Special Session for Amendment to Cannabis Law". Lobby Comply. December 6, 2019.
  16. ^ "Gov. Bryan Declares State of Emergency, Cancels St. Patrick's Day Parade, Says Carnival 'Will Most Likely' Be Canceled in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic". VI Consortium. Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  17. ^ "Governor Bryan Scores High Marks from Voters on Handling of Covid-19 Virus". VI Consortium. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  18. ^ "Bryan Announces Cancelation of In-Person School Classes for Remainder of School Year; 'Virtual' Ceremonies Planned For 2020 Graduates; Coronavirus Cases Rise to 45". VI Consortium. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  19. ^ "Roughly 260 Virgin Islanders Received Vaccine Shots Last Week, Dept. of Health Says, Among Them Governor Bryan and Health Commissioner Encarnacion". VI Consortium. Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  20. ^ "Take the Covid Vaccine, Win $100,000: Bryan Announces Vaccine Lottery to Boost Numbers". VI Consortium. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
  21. ^ "Bryan Extends Restrictions Through Jan. 25 as Hospitalizations Climb to 18 Territory-Wide; Gov't Office Closures Also Extended". VI Consortium. Retrieved 2021-01-10.
  22. ^ "Governor Albert Bryan Jr". Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Retrieved July 17, 2020.
Party political offices
Preceded by Democratic nominee for Governor of the United States Virgin Islands
2018
Most recent
Political offices
Preceded by Governor of the United States Virgin Islands
2019–present
Incumbent