Desmond Bannister was born on the 28 October, 1958. Following his early education in The Bahamas he completed studies leading to an Associate’s Degree at Miami Dade Community College in Florida and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Grinnell College in Iowa.
He received an LL.B. degree from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados and completed his Legal Education Certificate at the Norman Manley Law School in Kingston, Jamaica. He was called to The Bahamas Bar in 1988.
Desmond served as Crown Counsel in the Office of the Attorney General between 1988 and 1991 when he joined the law offices of Evans & Co. He is presently senior partner at The Law Partnership.
He has been engaged as a part-time lecturer for The Bahamas Bar, at The Bahamas Institute of Bankers and at The College of The Bahamas and has served as Acting Stipendiary & Circuit Magistrate.
A lifelong sports enthusiast, Desmond was elected as President of The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations in December, 1999.
He was first appointed to the Senate in 2002. Desmond was elected to Parliament in the 2007 General Elections representing the Carmichael Constituency. He served as Minister of State in the office of the Attorney General and as Minister of Education.
Desmond is the father of two children Dominique and Danielle.