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Wilkerson Appointed New PLP Senator

16 February 2016

Senator Kim Wilkerson, an experienced lawyer and insurance industry executive, has been appointed to the Upper House of the Bermuda Legislature and will join Senator Renee Ming, and newly appointed Opposition Senate Leader Marc Daniels, in championing the PLP's causes and ensuring that legislation is in the best interest of the Bermudian people.

Opposition Leader Marc Bean has announced that Ms. Kim Wilkerson, JP, will replace MP Diallo Rabain in the Seante following his victory at the polls in the Constituency 13, Devonshire North Central by-election.

Senator Wilkerson joins the Oppositions Senate Team with a waelth of knowledge and experience that will prove to be a valuable assett to caucus, the party and the Seante team.

Additionally, Senator Marc Daniels has been named as the Opposition's new Seante Leader.

PLP Leader, The Hon. Marc Bean, JP, MP had the following to say at the unveiling;

"With the PLP’s latest success at the polls, an opportunity has been afforded for me to appoint a new Senator to the Upper House of our Legislature. An opportunity has arisen for another outstanding citizen to begin fulfilling their civic duty at the highest level, and an opportunity has arisen for us to introduce to you the caliber of persons working within the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party to make Bermuda work better for its people.

It is my distinct pleasure to announce that Ms. Kim Wilkerson, JP, will be joining the Opposition Senate team, and assisting our new Senate Leader, Senator Marc Daniels, in advocating for the people of Bermuda.

As a lawyer and business executive with over 30 years of experience, and strong community ties, Senator Wilkerson brings the experience to the Progressive Labour Party team that is necessary as we hold the Government accountable, while we prepare ourselves as the Government-in-waiting. Senator Wilkerson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience through her professional and philanthropic work, that will prove to be an asset as she analyzes and scrutinizes legislation that comes before the Senate.

Senator Wilkerson is committed to good governance, hard work, and service to the people, and thus she is an appropriate fit for the direction in which the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party intends to go."

Upon being unveiled, Seantor Wilkerson shared the statement below;

"Today I have the distinct privilege of being named as the Progressive Labour Party's newest Senator. To be a member of our legislature's Upper House allows me the opportunity to not only work diligently for the people of Bermuda, but also to ensure that every piece of legislation that is passed is in their best interest.

Working in the insurance industry for over 30 years, I have been able to ascertain a great understanding of the needs of businesses, while remaining true to the grassroots causes which I have been a part of. These experiences have culminated in this moment, and I am happy to share my knowledge, experience, and insight as I work with the Opposition Senate Leader, Marc Daniels, and Senator Renee Ming to ensure that we as an island remain attractive to businesses to encourage economic growth, while ensuring that our people are able to live their lives with dignity and respect.

To the Opposition Leader, The Hon. Marc Bean, I thank you for this opportunity, and stand behind you, and the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party as we advocate for good governance, better labour relations, economic diversification, education reform and fiscal responsibility.

Bermuda is at a crossroad, and it is my belief that we must do things differently to get the results we so desperately need as a country. No longer will the status quo do. Now is the time for us to put our best foot forward, our hearts in our work, and persevere until the people of Bermuda experience economic and social conditions which are mote advantageous than they are presently.

I thank you for your time and attention, and look forward to the work ahead."

Senator Wilkerson is a Senior Vice Presicent, Regional Head of Claims for XL Catlin's Insurance operaitons in Bermuda. In addition to holding the Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) designation, Senator Wilkerson is admitted as a Barrister & Attorney in England & Wales and Bermuda, and is a qualified Assoiate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Senator Wilkerson is also active in the community, being on the Board of Govenors for Cap-A-Laige Turst, the Chairperson of Pride Bermuda, and the former Deputy Chair of the Board of Education, serving from 2011 until 2015.