Public Works Minister, Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, has decided to pack it in, by announcing that he will retire from politics at the next General Election.
He made the announcement in an interview with the Bermuda Broadcasting Company, saying he made the decision last year.
“I was in the class of 1998, so I have been doing this for 25 years,” he said.
“I think most people know I love Jamaica and spend a fair amount of time there. Last year on Boxing Day, I was having breakfast and thinking about life and things and thought that next year I would have been doing this for 25 years.
“It’s time to do something else and give someone else a turn.
“I came back and I advised the Premier in January that I would be retiring and that I would stay until the next election is called.”
He also stated that he told the Premier, David Burt, that he would stay on to help the Progressive Labour Party’s candidate in Constituency 27 and would continue to support the party.
“My time is up,” he said.
“I will leave with a lot of good memories and a lot of pride in what we have been able to accomplish over that period.
“The biggest thing that I feel the most pride about is the number of young Bermudians we have been able to help and who have been through this ministry and gone off into the private sector with not just a professional attitude towards what they do but a consciousness about bringing along the next generation behind them.”
Educated at West End Primary, Southampton Glebe and Sandys Secondary, Col Burch later attended the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and the School of Infantry, Warminster, both in Britain, and has an OBE for services to the military.
He also served as Commanding Officer of the Bermuda Regiment from 1994 to 1997, before retiring after nearly 20 years of active military service.
In 1998, he ran for the PLP for the first time in Smith’s South and in a by-election in that same constituency in 2001, before running again in Hamilton South in the 2003 election.
Col Burch also served in the Senate in 1998 and served as the Chief of Staff to Dame Jennifer Smith, when she was Premier.
In 2000, he joined the PLP Cabinet as Minister Without Portfolio in 2000, before taking on the housing brief in 2002, before he became the Minister of Public Safety and Housing.
He also served as Minister of National Security, before he resigned both as the Minister and from the Senate, in 2011, due to a disagreement with then Premier Paula Cox.
In 2017, Col Burch won his seat in the House of Assembly, when he was named the Minister of Public Works.
Wayne Furbert served as Acting Minister of Public Works when Col Burch took ill in 2021.