On this day in history, December 14, 1992, Prime Minister P.J. Patterson is appointed a member of the Privy Council of Queen Elizabeth II. The release issued said that the announcement from Buckingham Palace, London, came through Governor General Howard Cooke, at King’s House.
P.J. Patterson is a former Jamaican politician who served as the sixth Prime Minister of Jamaica from 1992 to 2006. He was the leader of the People’s National Party from 1992 to 2006 and as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of Westmoreland South Eastern from 1970 to 1980 when he lost to the Jamaica Labour Party Euphemia Williams, and again from 1989 to 1993. Following a constituency reorganization, he served as the MP for Westmoreland Eastern from 1993 to 2006. He retired from all of these positions in March 2006. He was married to Shirley Field-Ridley (d. 1982) with whom he had two children, Richard and Sharon.
Cabinet positions held during his political career include Minister of Industry and Tourism; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; Minister of Development, Planning and Production; Minister of Finance and Planning.