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Hon. Lester Bryant Bird

Hon. Lester Bryant Bird

Constituency : St. John’s Rural East
The Bird family has been one of the most influential political dynasties in the history of Antigua and Barbuda, and Lester Bryant Bird is no exception. His illustrious political career began in 1971 with his election to Parliament and would eventually carry him to the office of Prime Minister.

Prior to his outstanding career in politics, Lester was a notable and talented athlete. He was selected to play for the Antigua and Barbuda National Cricket Team when he was just 18 years old. He also had a highly distinguished run with the Leeward Islands Cricket Team, which led to his selection to participate in the Pan American Games, where he won a bronze medal. Lester was the first Antigua and Barbuda national to ever be selected for the Games.

His extensive success on the field earned Lester an athletic scholarship to the University of Michigan. He followed his time in the U.S. by earning his law degree in London, before being called to the bar at Gray’s Inn.

After completing his education, Lester returned to Antigua to practice law. He was first elected to Parliament in 1970, becoming the Chairman of the Antigua Labour Party and the party’s Senator. Lester would go on to be re-elected to Parliament half a dozen times, and would even serve as Deputy Prime Minister to Sir Vere Bird, his father. In 1994, he succeeded his father as Prime Minister, a role he would continue to hold for the next ten years.

In 2004, the political tides changed and Lester Bird was forced out of office. He returned in 2009 as a representative and Opposition Leader, dedicated to finishing what he had started years ago. Lester Bird knows what Antigua needs to move forward and he is ready to take charge once again.