Mr. Chamal Rajapaksha1
Hon. State Minister, Member of Parliament


Chamal Jayantha Rajapaksa


Minister of Irrigation
State Minister of National Security and Disaster Management
State Minister of Home Affairs


Eldest son of late Mr. D A Rajapaksa, a leading politician from the Southern Province of Sri Lanka, who was a Member of Parliament; Deputy Minister of Agriculture, and Deputy Speaker of Parliament

Brother of His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, and Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

Married to Mrs. Chandra Rajapaksa, has two sons; Shasheendra and Shameendra


Richmond College, Galle, Sri Lanka


Public Service
Entered the public service of Sri Lanka as a Police Officer in the National Police Force and served for over 8 years
Worked as the Assistant General Manager of the State Trading General Corporation prior to entering the political arena in 1985


Political Career
1985: Contested Parliamentary by election
1989: elected as a Member of Parliament representing the Hambantota District, contesting from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Has been a Member of Parliament continuously since 1989 retaining his seat in all the elections held to date


Portfolios Held

Minister of Mahaweli, Agriculture, Irrigation & Rural Development

Minister of Internal Trade, Food Security & Consumer Welfare, 2019-2020

State Minister of Defence, 2019-2020

The Speaker of Parliament, 2010-2015

Minister of Ports & Aviation, 2008-2010

Minister of Irrigation & Water Management, 2007-2010

Minister of Agriculture & Lands, 2005-2007

Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries, 2004-2005

Deputy Minister of Ports & Southern Development, 2001

Deputy Minister of Agriculture & Lands, 2000- 2001

Chairman of District Development Committee, Hambantota, 1994 -2010