Almando “Rocky” Liburd, a native St. Johnian, is the first of five children born to the late Hugo Otis Liburd, a retired fire fighter, and Catherine Samuel Liburd, a retired cook. He attended the former Benjamin Franklin School, later renamed Guy Benjamin Elementary School in Coral Bay. He then attended the Julius Sprauve School in Cruz Bay, and graduated from Charlotte Amalie High School in 1970. Liburd holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Inter- American University in San German, Puerto Rico and has pursued graduate studies at the University of the Virgin Islands.
Liburd worked in the private sector before becoming a full-time educator, teaching Spanish in the Virgin Islands public school system. Believing that he could help better the lives of his students and his fellow Virgin Islanders,
Liburd ran for the office of Senator-at-Large and was elected to the 19th Legislature. He served seven consecutive terms and was chosen to lead the body as its president in the 21st and 24th Legislatures.
In addition to presiding over the Committee of the Whole, Liburd chaired the Committees on Heath and Education and was an active member of the Council of State Governments. As Senator, he was responsible for a great deal of progressive legislation that continues to benefit the people of the Virgin Islands – to include the the law affording paid time off to parents for school visits and major infrastructure enhancing projects such as new roads and docks.
Liburd, a widower and father of one daughter, made the decision to return to active public service as a result of his growing concerns about the territory’s fiscal and social problems and what he describes as a lack of real representation for the people of St. John. He is prepared to answer the call for experienced and caring leadership and looks forward to once again serving the people of the Virgin Islands as a member of the 31st Legislature.