Dr. Sands sworn in as senator
Dr. Duane Sands received his instruments and letters of appointment as a senator yesterday at a brief swearing-in ceremony at Government House.
Dr. Sands will also be sworn in at the Senate when it meets today.
Just over a year ago, Dr. Sands lost the Elizabeth by-election to Progressive Liberal Party candidate Ryan Pinder.
Yesterday he expressed
gratitude for the appointment to the Senate.
“It is a most memorable day on a most memorable journey. As we build this country together, I am pleased and humbled and honored to have been thought worthy to participate with colleagues that I see to my left, my right and behind. I ask for your prayers and support and God’s grace,”he said before a packed gallery, which included his family, friends and political colleagues.
Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes conducted the swearing-in ceremony, which was attended by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham.
Dr. Sands is a cardiologist. He said he plans to focus his attention on the issues of healthcare, the economy, jobs, crime, and immigration while in the Senate.
He also said he expects to be the next Elizabeth MP after the next general election.
Dr. Sands was educated at St. Anne’s High School in New Providence, Cheshire Academy in Connecticut and Tufts University in Massachusetts, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry.
After obtaining his Doctor of Medicine degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Maryland in 1986, and completing his residency in general surgery and cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at Wayne State University in 1994, Dr. Sands returned home and worked as consultant physician at the Princess Margaret Hospital(PMH).
Dr. Sands has served as director of Accident and Emergency at PMH. Since 2007, he has served as the hospital’s chief of surgery.
Dr. Sands is currently chairman of the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation.