Biography of Baldwin Spencer

  • Full Name: Baldwin Spencer
  • Profession: Politicus
  • Date of Birth: Friday, October 8th, 1948
  • Zodiac: Balance
  • Citizen: Antigua and Barbuda
  • Career: Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda (2004-present) 
Baldwin Spencer's career began as a labor force. For a quarter of a century, he was a prominent labor leader in Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union. Spencer was first elected to Parliament in 1989 as MP for the constituency of West Rural St. John's. In 1992, Baldwin Spencer played an integral role in the formation of the United Progressive Party.

Baldwin Spencer
Prior to serving as the leader of the National Democratic United Party and lead collaborative meetings with the Antigua Caribbean Liberation Movement which resulted in the formation of the United Progressive Party. After the formation of the party, Spencer rose to become the leader of a political party and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament.

As Leader of the Opposition, Baldwin Spencer organize public demonstrations and a hunger strike to advocate for electoral reform after the 1999 elections and a lot of criticism directed at him. Advocacy led to the establishment of an independent Electoral Commission to oversee elections in Antigua and Barbuda. He also led the fight to ensure that the opposition has access to state-owned media, such as television station, Antigua Broadcasting Service (ABS). To that end, he submitted in writing and take the Bird Government to court on the grounds that, in a democratic society, citizens have the right to hear the opposing political perspectives on government airwaves.

In 2004, Baldwin Spencer led the United Progressive Party to a landslide victory in the general election. He defeated Lester Bird's ALP, which had ruled Antigua and Barbuda during the previous 28 years. In government, he moved to establish a trio of good government reforms: a national school meals program, raising the minimum wage and paying all civil servants.

Internationally, Baldwin Spencer was known as a skilled diplomat who helped and assume the leadership of the Group of 77 countries in 2008. A proof of his diplomatic skills, Prime Minister Spencer received the highest order of the Ivory Coast, the Commander of the National Order. He was also recognized by the United Nations for his leadership, receiving the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Award.