• Walter H. Roban, JP, MP

    Deputy Premier & Minister of Transportation

    Pic- Walter RobanEmail: wroban@parliament.bm  

    Walter Henri Roban born 13 August 1966, is the son of Matthew A. Roban and Charlotte Powell (nee Pavy) and the Member of Parliament for Pembroke East, Constituency 15. He received his early education in Bermuda, before continuing studies at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia, where he completed a Bachelor's Degree in Business with a minor in International Studies. Mr. Roban went on to further his studies at the University of Birmingham, attaining a Masters Degree in International Studies specialising in international politics, political risk analysis and foreign policy analysis.

    Studying overseas created a thirst for understanding the politics of Bermuda, upon returning to the island he joined the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) in the late 1980's. Mr. Roban gained further insight and knowledge of the politics and issues in Bermuda by working alongside PLP notables such as the late Dr. Pauulu Kamarakafego (Roosevelt Brown), L. Frederick Wade, Walter N H Robinson, Dame Lois M. Browne Evans and former Premiers Dame Jennifer M. Smith and W. Alexander Scott. His early involvement began in the party youth wing, but in 1995 Roban was elected Secretary General, a position he held until August 1999. Mr. Roban served as Deputy Chairman of the PLP Campaign Committee, which laid the strategy for the PLP’s first historic victory in November 1998, playing key roles in all aspects of the campaign. He also played a key role in overseeing the PLP's second election victory in the July 2003, having responsibility for many aspects of campaign preparation and as campaign spokesman. His formal political career began in 2003 with appointment to the Senate by then Premier W. Alexander Scott where he sat until 2006. For that period, Roban had responsibilities for Health, Education, Tourism, and Transport.

    In the summer of 2007 Roban was chosen to run in Pembroke East, Constituency 15 to replace retiring veteran PLP MP Ottiwell Simmons. In the December 2007 General Election, Walter Roban successfully contested the seat earning a place in the House of Assembly. From January 2008 he served as the Junior Minister for Labour Home Affairs and Housing, speaking on the then Minister the Hon. Lt. Col. David Burch’s behalf on all relevant matters in the House of Assembly. On June 24, 2009 the then Premier Ewart F Brown appointed Roban to join the Cabinet as a Minister without Portfolio. Following the passing of Health Minister Nelson Bascome in July 2009 Roban held the post of Acting Minister until fully appointed to the position of Health Minister on 28 August, 2009 through October 2010. Roban also served briefly as Acting Minister of Labour Home Affairs and Housing due to the sudden illness of the principal Minister Lt. Col. David Burch, OBE, ED, JP from August to October 2009. On November 2010 he was appointed Minister of the Environment, Planning and Infrastructure Strategy to November 2011. He served briefly as Minister of Public Works before leaving Cabinet in mid-November 2011. In June 2012 Roban returned to Cabinet, appointed Minister of Transport serving until December 2012.  Along with careers that have been in law and banking, Mr. Roban has written numerous articles on history and politics in local publications. Mr. Roban has also edited a book titled ‘Voice of Change, Selected Speeches of Jennifer M. Smith, Premier of Bermuda’, the first book of its type about a Bermudian political figure.