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Mr. Alden M. McLaughlin, Jr., JP

Name:
Hon Alden McLaughlin, MBE, JP, MLA
Title:
Premier
Minister of Home Affairs, Health and Culture
Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA)
Member of the Standing Business Committee
Member of the Standing Select Committee on Privileges
Third Elected Member for George Town
Address:
Government Administration Building, Grand Cayman
or
Box 1655, Grand Cayman KY1-1109, Cayman Islands
Biography:
Premier of the Cayman Islands, Hon Alden McLaughlin, was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in 2000 and has been a legislator ever since.
He served as the Minister of Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports and Culture from 2005-2009. Under his leadership the ministry was responsible for the creation of the new Education Modernisation Law and piloted its passage through the Legislative Assembly in early 2009.  This new law raised the mandatory age for school attendance from 16 to 17 and set in place the framework for what is now being called the Year 12 programme in the government high-school system.
Mr McLaughlin has repeatedly led national discussions regarding constitutional change as well as the negotiations with the UK Government.  The eventual outcome was a new constitution which was approved in the country’s first referendum, held to coincide with elections in May 2009.
For his contribution to constitutional development in the Cayman Islands, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II awarded him the M.B.E. in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2010.
He has served as a member of many professional and civic associations and committees too numerous to list.  Notably, he was a long-standing member of the Grand Court Rules Committee and has served as President of the Caymanian Bar Association and President of the Lions Club of Grand Cayman.
Mr McLaughlin was born and grew up in George Town, Grand Cayman.
Following employment as a civil servant, he joined a local law firm where he was quickly promoted through the ranks, and made a partner in 1993. He retired from the firm in 2005, following his re-election and first appointment as a Cabinet Minister.
He and his wife Kim have two sons, Daegan, 21, at university in the UK, and Caelan, 17, at high school in Grand Cayman.