Walter Roban, JP, MP
Walter RobanMember of Parliament
The Hon. Walter H. Roban, JP, MP was first elected to office December 18, 2007. On June 7, 2012 he was appointed Minister of Transport, and now appointed the Shadow Minister of Public Safety.
Previously, Minister Roban held the portfolios of Environment Planning and Infrastructure Strategy and the Ministry of Health. He served as Junior Minister of Labour, Home Affairs and Housing from February 2008 and was appointed to Cabinet June 23, 2009 as Minister Without Portfolio.
Mr. Roban is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he received a Bachelors Degree in Business and International Studies. He then furthered his studies at the University of Birmingham in England where he received a Masters of Arts Degree in International Studies, specialising in international politics, political risk and foreign policy analysis. He has worked in the legal profession and also in the banking industry, most recently as an Assistant Vice President in the Private Banking Division of HSBC Bank in Bermuda.
A young man with a passion for politics and the community, he joined the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party Youth Wing, "Progressive Youth", in the late 1980's. He served as its Chairman and representative to the party's Central Committee from 1991 to 1993. In 1995 he was elected to the position of Secretary General of the PLP, which he held until August 1999.
In 1995, Mr. Roban worked on the team that revised the PLP independence policy. Ten years later in 2005, he was selected to chair the Committee that was responsible for drafting an update of the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party's policy on Independence which was submitted to the Bermuda Independence Commission (BIC).
Mr. Roban served as deputy chairman of the PLP Campaign Committee for November 1998 election, playing a key role in all aspects of the historic national election campaign. In 2003, he was appointed to the PLP's Executive where he held the positions of Acting Secretary General Membership and Acting Public Relations Officer. In addition, he was spokesman for the election campaign as well as a Campaign Committee member.
Mr. Roban is a former government Senator and held the Junior Ministerial portfolios of Health & Family Services, Tourism & Transport and Education and Development, serving in the Senate from 2003 to 2006.