The Hon. Louis Straker was born in Layou on February 23, 1944. He received his primary education at the Layou Government School, then pursued his secondary education at the Emmanuel High School Kingstown, from which he graduated with a Senior Cambridge Certificate.
Straker started a career in teaching at the Layou Government School, but left after eighteen months to pursue higher education in the United States of America. He obtained a BA in Political Science from Hunter College, City University of New York, and then a MA in Business Administration from Long Island University. He later worked for the Chemical Bank of New York, (now Chase Manhattan), and retired after 25 years of service to that institution.
In 1994, he contested the General Elections on a Unity Labour Party (ULP) ticket and became the Member of Parliament for the Central Leeward Constituency. He was re-elected in the 1998 general elections, and again on March 28, 2001. On April 1, 2001, Straker was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Trade. In May 2005 he was appointed as Minister of Transport, Works and Housing. He was returned as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Trade after successfully contesting the December, 2005 General Elections.
Straker is a sitting Bureau Member of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) in CARICOM, and has also served in the ACP Joint Parliamentary Assembly.