Lieutenant Governor Tregenza A. Roach, Esq. is a proud Virgin Islander who has served the people of this Territory in each branch of Government. Prior to his service as Lieutenant Governor and Commissioner of Banking and Insurance since 2019, he served three terms as a Senator in the Legislature of the Virgin Islands
Lieutenant Governor Roach graduated from the Charlotte Amalie High School and attended the then College of the Virgin Islands as a Holstein-Lewis scholar, transferring to the University of Missouri-Columbia to earn a Bachelor of Journalism in 1981. As a product of the public schools of the Virgin Islands, he is immensely proud to have authored legislation that provides tuition-free admission to the University of the Virgin Islands for local high school graduates. He launched his journalism career as a reporter for the Virgin Islands Daily News rising to the position of News Editor in the proud tradition of Virgin Islanders J. Antonio Jarvis and Ariel Melchior, Sr. Soon thereafter, he enrolled at the University of Connecticut School of Law from which he earned a juris doctorate degree in 1989.
While attending law school, Lieutenant Governor Roach gained valuable legal experience clerking first in the Office of the Governor’s Legal Counsel, then the Office of the United States Attorney, and at the Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands. Upon graduating with his law degree, he worked in the Territorial Court’s Civil and Family divisions and then in private practice as an Associate Attorney at Bornn Bornn Handy and Rashid. He has been a member of the Virgin Islands Bar since his admission in 1991.
Lieutenant Governor Roach began his career in public service as Legal Counsel to the Commissioner of Education and served for more than eight years before selection as Executive Director of the Virgin Islands Board of Education. In 2006, he led the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) public education program in support of the Virgin Islands Fifth Constitutional Convention. During his consultancy, he also served as the Coordinator/Researcher of UVI’s Constitution 2008 project.
During his tenure, he also represented UVI at United Nations Decolonization Seminars in St. Georges, Grenada and in Bandung, Indonesia and was later qualified by the United Nations Roach as an expert on the subject of constitutional development processes in the U.S. Territories.
Lieutenant Governor Roach was a member of the adjunct faculty of UVI from 1999 to 2012, and completed other projects, including the Legacy Report of President Emeritus Laverne E. Ragster, Ph.D., a major environmental project with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the launch of the University’s Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism, and served as Editor in Chief of The Caribbean Writer, the University’s award-winning international literary journal.
Lieutenant Governor Roach was elected to the 30th - 32nd legislatures as a staunch advocate for education, the environment, and the youth and elderly of the Territory. He was nominated to the Education and the Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety committees of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and was instrumental in the influential national body’s 2014 adoption of a resolution supporting full citizenship rights for those living in the United States Virgin Islands. He presented a similar resolution to the body in 2016 which resulted in a full NCSL conference session devoted to the affairs of the remaining U.S. territories. Most recently under his leadership, the U.S. Virgin Islands was granted accreditation from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, a first for the territory.
A renowned poet, scholar, and author, Lt. Governor Roach has published in regional, national and international journals.
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