PRIME Minister Perry Christie last night celebrated 40 years in public service at a ceremony at PLP headquarters.
The celebration occurred during the PLP’s monthly National General Council meeting last night.
In a statement released yesterday, PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts congratulated Mr Christie on reaching the milestone.
“His record as a parliamentarian is stellar, having entered public life and front line politics in 1974 as one of the youngest senators ever appointed at the age of 31,” Mr Roberts said.
“Prime Minister Christie would join the Lower House after the 1977 general election as the honourable member for Centreville and go on to win his seat eight consecutive times, including the 1987 general elections when he contested the seat as an independent candidate.
“As leader of the PLP from 1997, Mr Christie was unmatched in internal party elections and nationally, has led the PLP through two great electoral victories and one disappointing defeat, never wavering as leader and kept the organisation inspired and intact through that difficult electoral period.
“Specifically, the PLP emerged victorious in two bye-elections – Elizabeth in 2010 and North Abaco in 2012 - and two general elections in 2002 and 2012 and suffered that disappointing defeat in 2007 under the leadership Mr Christie,” the chairman said.
Mr Christie has had a varied career in politics.
He served as minister of health and national insurance from 1977 to 1982; minister of tourism from 1982 to 1984; minister of agriculture, trade and industry from 1990 to 1992; and as minister of finance from 2002 to 2007 and from 2012 to the present.
He is a founding member of the Valley Boys Junkanoo group and the Pioneers Sporting Club and won an international medal for the Bahamas in the former Empire Games in the triple jump.