Jamahl Simmons JP, MP
Member of Parliament
Jamahl Snaith Simmons is the son of former Parliamentarian Lionel D. Simmons and "The Bermuda Cookbook"author Cecille Snaith. He grew up in Somerset, Bermuda and attended West End Primary School and attended high school at the Berkeley Institute in Pembroke, Bermuda and Kent's Hill School in Maine. He studied Political Science at Howard University in Washington DC and returned to Bermuda in 1997, beginning a career in broadcast journalism at the Defontes Broadcasting Company. In 1998 he received a Bermuda Gold Award for Bermuda's Best Sportscaster.
Jamahl Simmons was elected to Parliament for the constituency of Pembroke West on February 7, 2002 in a by-election. In 2002 he received a Bermuda Gold Award for "Political Coup," after being elected as Bermuda's youngest MP. Mr. Simmons was re-elected in the 2003 general election.
During his tenure Mr. Simmons served as Shadow Minister of the Environment, Shadow Minister for Human Rights and Transport and Shadow Minister for Race Relations and Economic Empowerment.
In 2007 he, along with the Party Chairman resigned from the Opposition United Bermuda Party. After briefly serving as an independent Member of Parliament he was invited to join the governing Progressive Labour Party.
Mr. Simmons did not seek re-election in the 2007 General Election and went on to host the highly rated Election 2007 radio show on Bermuda's Magic 102.7.
In February 2008, Mr. Simmons was appointed to serve as Chief of Staff to the then Premier of Bermuda, Dr. The Honorable Ewart F. Brown JP, MP.
In February 2010, he was appointed to the post of Press Secretary to the Premier of Bermuda, serving in that post until the conclusion of Premier Brown's term in October 2010.
In November 2014, Jamahl Simmons defeated the OBA's Georgia Marshall succeeding former PLP MP Terry Lister and earning the widest margin of victory in that area since 2007.
In December 2015 PLP Leader Marc Bean appointed MP Simmons to the Shadow Cabinet, naming him Shadow Tourism and Economic Development Minister.
Jamahl Simmons is married to Sherri Lynn Simmons (nee Johnson) host of The Sherri Simmons Show on Magic 102.7and has two sons.