House of Representatives

The National Assembly, which is the Legislature of Belize, consists of three bodies: the Governor-General, the Senate and the House of Representatives. Members of the House of Representatives are elected in a general election under the provisions of the Representation of the People Act while the Members of the Senate are appointed by the Governor-General.

Presently, there are thirty-one elected Members of the House of Representatives. The party with the majority of seats in the House of Representatives forms the Government, the Executive branch which has direct control of the civil and military apparatus of state and makes day-to-day decisions on the management of those resources. The Executive is headed by the Prime Minister and his Cabinet.

One of the major parliamentary functions is making new laws or amending old laws for peace, order and good governance of Belize. The House of Representatives plays a part – obviously the largest and most important part – in the making of laws by the National Assembly. Once a Bill has been passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate it is sent to the Governor-General’s Office for his Assent.  The Bill which the Governor-General assents then becomes an Act, forming part of the Laws of Belize.

Members of the House of Representatives represent the voters of Belize.  Each year the House approves a budget outlining Government’s policies. When debating the budget, each elected Member speaks to the budget in terms of its impact on their respective constituencies. They also represent the actions of the House and the Government to the people.

Apart from those mentioned above, the House has several ways of holding the Government to account. During a Sitting of the House, there is a question time for Backbenchers and Opposition Members to ask questions to Ministers. There is a provision for general and urgent debates, a Select Committee of Members to investigate matters of Government. Also, upon the motion “That this House do now adjourn” any Member, customarily the Opposition, may raise any matter of public concern and a Minister may reply.

Speaker of the House

Mrs. Laura Tucker-Longsworth

Madam Speaker

Present Members of the House of Representatives

Rt. Hon. Dean O. Barrow

Queen's Square
(Prime Minister,Minister of Finance and Natural Resources)
United Democratic Party

Hon. Gaspar Vega

Orange Walk North
United Democratic Party

Hon. Wilfred Elrington

Pickstock
(Minister of Home Affairs)
United Democratic Party

Hon. Tracy Taegar-Panton

Albert
(Minister of State in the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce)
United Democratic Party

Hon. Patrick Faber

Collet
(Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports)
United Democratic Party

Hon. Michael Finnegan

Mesopotamia
(Minister of Housing and Urban Development)
United Democratic Party

Hon. Anthony Martinez

Port Loyola
(Minister of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation)
United Democratic Party

Hon. Edmond Castro

Belize Rural North
(Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management)
United Democratic Party

Hon. Jose Manuel Heredia Jr.

Belize Rural South
(Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation)
United Democratic Party

Hon. Beverly Williams

Belize Rural Central
(Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration)
United Democratic Party

Hon. Elodio Aragon Jr.

Orange Walk East
(Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs)
United Democratic Party

Hon. Omar Figueroa

Cayo North
(Minister of State in the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries, Environment and Sustainable Development)
United Democratic Party

Hon. Erwin Contreras

Cayo West
(Minister of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce)
United Democratic Party

Hon. Rene Montero

Cayo Central
(Minister of Works)
United Democratic Party

Hon. John Saldivar

Belmopan
(Minister of Defense)
United Democratic Party

Hon. Hugo Patt

Corozal North
(Minister of Labour, Local Government, Rural Development, Public Service,Energy and Public Utilities)
United Democratic Party

Hon. Angel Campos

Corozal South West
(Minister of State in the Ministry of Health)
United Democratic Party

Hon. Pablo Marin

Corozal Bay
(Minister of Health)
United Democratic Party

Hon. Frank Mena

Dangriga
(Minister of State in the Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities)
United Democratic Party

Hon. John Briceño

Orange Walk Central
(Leader of the Opposition)
People's United Party

Hon. Francis Fonseca

Freetown
People's United Party

Hon. Kareem Musa

Caribbean Shores
People's United Party

Rt. Hon. Said Musa

Fort George
People's United Party

Hon. Cordel Hyde

Lake Independence
People's United Party

Hon. Jose Mai

Orange Walk South
People's United Party

Hon. Julius Espat

Cayo South
People's United Party

Hon. Orlando Habet

Cayo North East
People's United Party

Hon. Florencio Marin Jr.

Corozal South East
People's United Party

Hon. Rodwell Ferguson

Stann Creek West
People's United Party

Hon. Oscar Requena

Toledo West
People's United Party

Hon. Mike Espat

Toledo East
People's United Party

Past Speakers

Mrs. Laura Tucker-Longsworth – January 13, 2017 to present

Mr. Michael Peyrefitte – March 21, 2012 up to January 1, 2017

Mr. Emil Arguelles – March 14, 2008 – February 3, 2012

Mrs. Elizabeth Zabaneh – April 4, 2003 – January 7, 2008

Mrs. Elizabeth Zabaneh – August 3, 2001 – February 4, 2003

Ms. Sylvia Flores – September 12, 1998 – July 1, 2001

Mr. Bernard Q. Pitts – July 16, 1993 – July 13, 1998

Mr. Robert C. Swift – September 15, 1989 – June 1, 1993

Mr. Carlos Castillo – December 21, 1984 – July 31, 1989

Mr. Charles Hyde, M.B.E. – November 30, 1979 – November 9, 1984

Mr. Alexander Hunter K.B.E. – November 8, 1974 – July 27, 1979

Mr. Woldrich Harrison Courtenay O.B.E. – March 12, 1965 – October 3, 1974