08. Omar Figueroa
Omar Figueroa is a Belizean politician and a member of the United Democratic Party (UDP). He was elected in January 2015 as Area Representative for the Cayo North constituency in the Cayo District. As of 2016, Figueroa is Minister of State for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development.
In November 2014, Figueroa’s predecessor, Joseph Mahmud, unexpectedly resigned from the House of Representatives. A by-election in Cayo North to determine Mahmud’s successor was held on January 5, 2015. Figueroa won the by-election by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, increasing the UDP’s overall majority in the House. Figueroa was re-elected in the 2015 general election by a 3% margin.