Mr. Wade Mark was elected Speaker of the House on Friday June 18, 2010.
Mr. Mark first entered Parliament during the 3rd Republican Parliament as an Opposition Senator in 1990, after Mr. Basdeo Panday assumed the office of Leader of the Opposition. Since that time Mr. Mark served as a Senator in the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th Parliaments (in the 7th Parliament, the Government and Opposition had an equal number of seats in the House of Representatives and the House failed to elect a Speaker. Mr. Basdeo Panday, then in opposition, refused the office of Leader of the Opposition and none were appointed)
As a Minister, Mr. Mark served as Minister of Public Administration and Information in the 5th Parliament. He also served as Vice-President of the Senate in the 6th Republican Parliament.