The Parliament of The Bahamas is the bicameral national parliament of Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The parliament is formally made up by the Queen (represented by the Governor-General), an appointed Senate, and an elected House of Assembly. It currently sits at Nassau, the national capital. The structure, functions, and procedures of the parliament are based on the Westminster system.
The House of Assembly is the lower chamber. It consists of 38 members (known as Members of Parliament), elected from individual constituencies for five-year terms. As under the Westminster system, the government may dissolve the parliament and call elections at any time. The House of Assembly performs all major legislative functions. The Prime Minister is the leader of the party controlling the majority of the House of Assembly seats. The speaker of the House of Assembly is currently Dr. Kendal Major.
Dr. Kendal Major, Member of Parliament for Garden Hills, was born on August 9th, 1961, in Nassau, Bahamas. Heis married to Monique (nee Smith) and the proud father of Brittany, Kendal Jr. and Kyalia. He is also an active member of Bahamas Faith Ministries.
Dr. Major completed his tertiary level education at Tuskgee University where he obtained his Bachelors Degree; He continued on to Howard University College of Dentistry where he obtained a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Degree. He went on to further study at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he obtained certified specialization in Periodontics and dental implants which are FICOI Designation (Fellowship of the International Congress of Oral Implantology) and DICOI (Diplomate of International Congress of Oral Implantology).
Dr. Major has served in many social and professional organizations. He is a member of the Rotary Club of West Nassau; and also Past President and Secretary of Rotary. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of Teen Challenge Bahamas; Member of the National Commission on Prison Reform and has served as Chairman. He was also the Chairman of the Bahamas Dental Council and the Founder and Director of Bahamas First Study Club, which is a professional continuing education body for local dentists. Dr. Major through his Church has served as President of Real Men Ministry International and is the past Chairman of BFM’s Prison Ministries.
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