Senator Myron D. Jackson's involvement in politics has been in response to enthusiastic encouragement by the public. He takes on leadership of the 32nd Legislature of the Virgin Islands as President, with a strong commitment to be "True to Service," a value passed on to him by his parents.
The son of Mrs. Bernice Peterson Jackson, retired Community Health Nurse, and the late Hugo D. Jackson, Businessman and Community Activist, he was raised in Hospital Ground, in the historic "Upstreet" Neighborhood of St. Thomas. His 34 years of public service personify the African proverb "Go Back and Fetch It" but the saying had been a guiding principle in his life, long before he formally knew it. As a young teen, he made a name for himself when he and fellow students mounted a public campaign to preserve the architectural integrity of the historic blue bit sidewalks in the Charlotte Amalie Historic District. This advocacy was recorded in the Congressional Records introduced by former Delegate to Congress Ron de Lugo. Prior to his graduation, he was mentored by master artists like the late Mrs. Edith Woods of the Charlotte Amalie High School and Mr. Charles "Carlito" Kean, through the Commission on Youth's Public Arts Program.
A graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School in 1975 and the Parsons School of Design in New York in 1979, Senator Jackson has remained active in civic organizations and in government. He dedicates his life's work to the protection of the cultural resources and heritage of the territory. Following his graduation from college, Senator Jackson returned to his homeland and joined the Department of Conservation and Cultural Affairs and was recruited to the Planning Office, which later became the Department of Planning and Natural Resources. He served in various positions, including Graphic Artist, Senior Planner, Cultural Advisor to Governor Alexander A. Farrelly, Director of the Virgin Islands State Historic Preservation Office, and the Executive Director of the Virgin Islands Cultural Heritage Institute.
In the 31st and 30th Legislature, Senator Jackson served as the Chair of the Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation, Youth and Recreation. He was also a sitting member of several committees, including Education & Workforce Development; Economic Development, Agriculture & Planning; Rules and Judiciary; Government Services, Veterans and Consumer Affairs; and Finance. Senator Jackson served as Liaison to the United States Department of Interior, Office of Insular Affairs. He was appointed to serve on the 2017 Centennial Commission, and in that capacity, he was invited to Capitol Hill by former Delegate to Congress Donna Christiansen to deliver a historical narrative of the 1917 Sale and Transfer of the former Danish West lndies to the United States. In January 2014, Senator Jackson traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark to meet with American Ambassador to Denmark, Rufus Gifford, the Danish Foreign Ministry, and heads of institutions and societies to facilitate their engagement in the 2017 Centennial. He also represented the 30th Legislature at the Reparations Conference in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Senator Jackson pledges to continue his work to promote cultural heritage and protect the environment of the Virgin Islands. He continues to include in his platform a pledge for transparency and accountability particularly to the elders and youth of the Territory. His work includes successful passage of a Virgin Islands sports policy and legislation to improve the accountability of land tax records in the territory. His work also supports opportunities for young people in sports and the arts.
Over the decades, he has researched and published widely in the area of preservation. He has received many community service awards for his commitment and dedication to the people and culture of the Virgin Islands of the United States.