Members of the Senate for the new parliamentary term were sworn-in on Tuesday morning during the first sitting of the chamber, convened at the Jamaica Conference Centre on the Kingston waterfront.
The sitting took place at that venue, instead of Gordon House, the regular home of Parliament, because the senators would be joined later by their 63 counterparts from the House of Representatives, making COVID-19 related physical distancing impossible in the cramped conditions of that building.
Natalie Campbell Rodriques, Leslie Campbell and Sherene Golding Campbell were the new members who took their seats among the 13 on the government side of the chamber.
They replaced Robert Morgan, Kerensia Morrison and Tova Hamilton who have been elected to the House of Representatives.
The other government members are Kamina Johnson Smith (Leader of Government Business), Tom Tavares-Finson (President), Charles Sinclair (Deputy President), Matthew Samuda, Aubyn Hill, Kavan Gayle, Ransford Braham, Don Wehby, and Dr. Sapphire Longmore.
There are also three new faces among the eight senators on the opposition benches: Norman Horne, Janice Allen and Gabriela Morris.
They replace K.D Knight, Wensworth Skeffery, and Dr. Andre Haughton, who made an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the House of Representatives.
The other opposition senators are Donna Scott Mottley, Dr. Floyd Morris, Sophia Fraser Binns, Damion Crawford and Lambert Brown.