Biography of the Honorable John M. Silk
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
John M. Silk is the current Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Marshall Islands serving in the Cabinet of President Hilda C. Heine. He is also serving his fourth term as Senator representing the people of Ebon Atoll in the Nitijela (Parliament) since 2000.
Prior to this appointment, Silk has held several key government positions including the Cabinet portfolios of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Resources and Development. He also served as a member of various Nitijela Standing Committees including Appropriations, Resources and Development, Public Accounts, Ways and Means, and Foreign Affairs and Trade.
In his capacity as Foreign Minister, Silk has represented the Republic of the Marshall Islands in numerous international conferences and forums, in addition to serving as key adviser to the President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands at meetings such as the Pacific Islands Forum, the United Nations General Assembly, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and other bilateral meetings with important development partners.
Prior to entering politics, Silk practiced law and appeared before the Courts representing his clients on various cases including land disputes, family matters, civil actions and on other cases needing legal adjudication. He started his professional career in the media as a reporter and Editor for the Marshall Islands Journal.
Silk attended Assumption Schools in Majuro Marshall Islands and continued his post-secondary education at Regis University in Denver, Colorado where he successfully obtained his degree in 1979.
Silk is married to Mary Silk and they have five (5) children. He is a member of the Marshall Islands Bar Association, the Marshall Islands Law Society and was a delegate to the Marshall Islands Constitutional Convention. He is a devout Catholic who enjoys fishing and playing tennis and baseball.