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Bridgid Annisette-George (born in 1958) is a Trinidadian lawyer and politician. She has been the Speaker of House of Representatives of Trinidad and Tobago since 2015. She previously served as a Senator and the Attorney General of T&T[1] before resigning to return to her private law practice.

BiographyEdit

Annisette was born in Trinidad and attended St Joseph's Convent School in Port of Spain[2] and went on to study law at the University of the West Indies. She graduated with a Bachelors of Law in 1981.[3] Annisette married Newman George, an engineer.[4]

George became an associate tutor and lecturer at the Hugh Wooding Law School and the sole practicing attorney at the firm of Messrs. G.R. Annisette & Co. Between 1999 and 2003, George served as chair of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation and in 2003, served as a Commissioner on the Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission.[3] In 2007, she was appointed as a Senator[5] and 8 November 2007 became Attorney General, third woman of Trinidad and Tobago to hold the position.[3] After serving eighteen months in the position, George resigned due to a conflict of interest in an ongoing investigation concerning the Colonial Life Insurance Company, as she had family members who were associated with the company.[4] She was commended for her voluntary disclosure by colleagues[2][6] and it was noted that there was no implication of involvement by George or her family members in the matter involving Colonial Life.[7] She returned to her private practice.[8]

In 2015, the People's National Movement won the majority in the elections and George was tapped to run for Speaker of the House.[9] She was subsequently elected to the post.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "H.E. Bridgid Mary Annisette-George – Global Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament".
  2. ^ a b "Jeremie ready for the 'challenge'". Port of Spain, Trinidad: Trinidad Express. 28 May 2009. Archived from the original on 7 February 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ a b c "The Honourable Bridgid Annisette-George". Port of Spain, Trinidad: Ministry of the Attorney General. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b Bagoo, Andre (28 May 2009). "Cabinet Split". Port of Spain, Trinidad: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. Retrieved 7 February 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "Appointment as Senators" (PDF) (Vol. 46, No. 189). Port of Spain, Trinidad: Trinidad and Tobago Gazette. 14 November 2007. Retrieved 7 February 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ Ramjeet, Oscar (28 May 2009). "Trinidad attorney general quits after 18 months". Caribbean News Now. Dallas, Texas. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  7. ^ Lord, Richard (5 June 2009). "Annisette-George: T&T needs fairer justice". Trinidad and Tobago Guardian. Port of Spain, Trinidad. Retrieved 7 February 2016.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "AG Quits". Port of Spain, Trinidad: Trinidad Express. 27 May 2009. Archived from the original on 7 February 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ Lord, Richard (16 September 2015). "Parliament convenes on Sept 23". Trinidad and Tobago Guardian. Port of Spain, Trinidad. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Congratulations to all". Scarborough, Tobago: Tobago News. 30 September 2015. Archived from the original on 19 October 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)