Senate (Trinidad and Tobago)

The Senate of Trinidad and Tobago is the appointed upper house of the bicameral Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago, along with the President and House of Representatives of Trinidad and Tobago. The Senate currently sits at the Red House. The Senate has 31 members all appointed by the President: 16 Government Senators appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister, 6 Opposition Senators appointed on the advice of the Leader of the Opposition and 9 Independent Senators appointed on the discretion of the President from outstanding persons who represent other sectors of civil society. The presiding officer, the President of the Senate, is elected from among the Senators who are not Ministers or Parliamentary Secretaries. A senator must be at least 25 years old and a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago. The current President of the Senate is Senator Christine Kangaloo. As of 20 April 2021, there are only 13 female senators, or 41.9%[2] and 5 Tobagonian senators or 16.7%.[3][4]

Senate
11th Republican Parliament
Type
Type
Leadership
Nigel DeFreitas, PNM
Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate
Wade Mark, UNC
Structure
Seats31
Political groups
Government
  •   People's National Movement (16)

Official Opposition

Other

Elections
Appointment by the president on advice of the prime minister (16), at her discretion (9) and opposition leader (6)
Meeting place
The Red House, Abercromby Street, Downtown, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Website
www.ttparliament.org
Constitution
Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago