Shahine Elizabeth Fakhourie Robinson who made her transition on May 28th 2020 was a very humble individual. Her calm and elegant posture could be noted in the many Parliamentary sittings, her interactions with the public as well as her many addresses in her capacity as Minister throughout her successful political career. A formidable political stalwart; she was one who served her constituents of North East St. Ann and country well since 2001.
Date of Birth: July 4, 1953
Education: Immaculate Conception High Miami Dade College Where she studied Marketing and Public Relations
Mrs Robinson entered representational politics almost 2 decades ago, when she defeated the Peoples National Party Candidate in a By-Election in 2001. Fast Forward to 2002 she dominated the polls in the General Elections and retained the North East St. Ann Constituency seat since.
In 2010 Mrs Robinson faced some political challenges when it was revealed that she was a dual citizen. She held both American and Jamaican Citizenship. The seat then became vacant due to the legal troubles; however, she was re-elected in a by-election that same year and continued her leadership as Member of Parliament.
Mrs Robinson wore many hats and was not limited in her political ambitions. During her career she served in the following ministries:
Minister of Labour and Social Security (2016 – 2020)
Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister 2007
Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport and Works (2011)
Was the only one who could keep Everald Warmington Quiet
Her colleagues described her as” the only one who could tell Everald Warmington to behave and he listened”
Looking back the two were almost always sitting beside each other in Parliament. In a Jamaica Gleaner Article, it quotes Warmington as saying ” We look at life through the same lens. She was a no-nonsense person; so am I, we both cared dearly for our people and represent them with genuineness, with her heart she doesn’t make a fool of them”
Rest in Peace Shahine, may God continue to guide and protect those you left behind as you continue to watch over them
Credits: JIS and Jamaica Gleaner