Trinidad and Tobago

House of Representatives

Political system
Parliamentary system
Structure of parliament
Bicameral
IPU membership
Yes

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Parliament
Chamber name
House of Representatives
Structure & status of parliament
Lower chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
5

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 2011
IPU Geopolitical Group/s
Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC)

Speaker

Official title
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Speaker
Bridgid Annisette-George (Female)
Date of birth: 1958
Term
23 Sep 2015
Additional information

Elected on 23 Sep. 2015, re-elected on 28 Aug. 2020.

Speaker terms

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Secretary general

Official title
Clerk
Secretary General
Brian Caesar (Male)
Term
09 Oct 2023

Members

Statutory number of members
42

Notes: The Speaker may be designated from outside parliament and becomes a member of parliament by virtue of holding the office of Speaker.

Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected
Directly elected members
41
Other members
1
Current number of members
42
Men
30
Women
12
Percentage of women
28.6%
Statutory number of members per country 
74
Population (in thousands)
1,526
Inhabitants per parliamentarian
20,622

Age

Data on the age of parliamentarians is collected at the start of the legislature, following the most recent elections. This data is not updated during the legislature, except when parliament notifies the IPU of a change in the youngest or oldest member.

Average age of all members
50.2
(2020-08)
Youngest member
Saddam Hosein (Male)
Youngest member (years)
29
Oldest member
Rodney Charles (Male)
Oldest member (years)
74
Number of members, by age (2020-08)
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Male 0 1 4 4 6 7 6 2 0 0 30
Female 0 0 5 3 0 1 3 0 0 0 12
Totals per age interval 0 1 9 7 6 8 9 2 0 0 42
Total <= 45: 17 Total >= 46: 25
Percentage of members, by age
Age at the last election or renewal Overall Male Female
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger
2.4% 2.4% 0.0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger
23.8% 12% 11.9%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger
40.5% 21% 19.0%

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups
No
Electoral quota for women
No
Youth quota
No

Links to additional information

Parliamentary website
List of members
Rules of procedure/Standing Orders
Constitution

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No