PHILIP BRAVE DAVIS, M.P., CAT ISLAND, RUM CAY AND SAN SALVADOR
DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
Philip “Brave” Davis was born on June 7th, 1951. He is married to Ann Marie Davis and is the father of six children.
Political highlights: Mr. Davis was sworn in as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development on May 9, 2012.
Present Ministerial Portfolio: Construction, maintenance, and upkeep of public infrastructure including government buildings, roads and roadsides, verges, parks, docks, bridges and cemeteries. His portfolio also includes: urban development, town and country planning, urban renewal programme, Downtown Nassau Redevelopment Scheme, Montagu Beach Foreshore, Western Esplanade, private roads and subdivisions, land use plan for New Providence and Family Islands, physical planning, drainage, explosive and volatile substances, straw markets, relations with the Bahamas Electricity Corporation, relations with the Bahamas Water and Sewerage Corporation, relations with Bahamasair.
Mr. Davis was elected Deputy Leader of the PLP at its 51st National Party Convention on October 22nd, 2009, succeeding Cynthia “Mother” Pratt. Prior to that he has served as the Member of Parliament for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador for the last three non-consecutive terms. He has always played a pivotal role in managing the affairs of the Progressive Liberal Party.
Education: Mr. Davis received his early education at Old Bight All Age School, Eastern Junior & Senior Schools, and St. John’s College. He articled as a Law Clerk in the Law Chambers of Wallace-Whitfield & Barnwell.
Civics/Social: In 1970 Mr. Davis became a Member of Toastmaster Club 1600, a non-profit organisation established to develop leadership skills through listening, thinking and speaking, serving as its President in 1979 and Division Governor of Toastmaster for The Bahamas in 1989.
A keen sportsman interested in baseball, softball, swimming and athletics, Mr. Davis served as Vice-President of the Bahamas Swim Federation from 1986 to 1990 and was President of the Sea Bees Swim Club from 1980 to 1990. His children inherited their father’s passion for swimming representing the Bahamas at the Carifta Games.
Mr. Davis displays a human touch and down-to-earth approach to problems. A defender of Human Rights he has demonstrated a deep and abiding feeling for those whose opportunities have been limited by circumstances or by cruel conditions imposed on them by events beyond their control. It is significant that he has always served in positions where he could help people. The desire to do so runs very deep in the grain of his personality and beliefs. Endowed with relentless courage, ability, vision and profound faith in humanity, Mr. Davis has earned respect and admiration both at home and abroad.
Professional/Career: Philip ‘Brave’ Davis became a clerk at Barclays Bank and subsequently an Articled Clerk with the law chambers of Wallace Whitfield & Barnwell in 1970. In 1975 Brave Davis was admitted to the Bahamas Bar and became a Partner in the law firm of Christie, Ingraham & Co. In 1992 the practice was subsumed into the new firm of Christie, Davis & Co and in 2002 into Davis & Co. A leading litigation lawyer, Brave Davis has an impressive appellate record with perhaps more appearances before the Privy Council than any other Bahamian lawyer. A former Member of the Council of Legal Education (CARICOM) he has also an unprecedented contribution to legal education in the Caribbean region. Brave Davis twice served as Vice President of the Bar Council before becoming president of the Bahamas Bar Association in 1995.