Senator the Honourable Thomas Tavares-Finson is an Attorney at Law by profession who practices primarily as a criminal trial advocate. He is the President of the Senate, having been elected in March 2016. A member of the Jamaica Labour Party since 1978 he sits on the parties Central Executive and Standing Committee and chairs the parties Electoral Committee.
Senator Tavares-Finson was a nominated member of the Electoral Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2006. He has been a nominated member of the Electoral Commission since 2006. He is a Justice of the Peace and Notary Public, a member of the Bar Association and Advocates Association of Jamaica.
Educated at Jamaica College, he completed his undergraduate studies at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. He received a M.A. from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. He was called to the Bar of the Honorable Society of the Middle Temple, London and called to the Jamaican Bar on 1982.