Alex Jenekai Tyler (born 15 December 1963) is a Liberian politician who was Speaker of the House of Representatives of Liberia from 2007 to 2016. He was first elected as the Representative for the 1st District of Bomi County in 2005. Tyler is a member of the Unity Party, having joined in 2009 following its merger with his Liberian Action Party.
Tyler was born on 15 December 1963 in Klay District, Bomi County. He graduated from African Methodist Episcopal University with a BSc in economics and a minor in accounting. He initially worked as an office manager and resale supervisor for British Petroleum's West African division before taking jobs at various fishing companies in Liberia. In 2009, Tyler earned a J.D. from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law.
In 2005, Tyler ran for Representative for the 1st District of Bomi County as a member of the Coalition for the Transformation of Liberia, winning with 21.5% of the vote against six opposing candidates. Following the resignation of Speaker Edwin Snowe in 2007, Tyler stood for the speakership, winning with 32 votes to his opponent's 27. He was fiercely challenged in the 2011 UP primaries; while he prevailed in the election,Bitter-Sweet Primaries, FrontPage Africa, 2011-08-07. Accessed 2013-01-14. initial news results reported that he had lost."Tears & Shocks", New Democrat (Liberia)New Democrat, 2011-08-08: 1/14.
On 18 January 2008, Tyler and his bodyguards were involved in a near-collision with former government official Prince Toe. Tyler's bodyguards allegedly followed Toe to his church, pulled him out of the building, beat him in front of the speaker, and stole two kilograms of gold he had in his possession. On 21 January, the Monrovia Magisterial Court issued an arrest warrant for Tyler on charges of aggravated assault and criminal solicitation. Following the intervention of the Minister of Justice, the arrest warrant was withdrawn for "procedural errors."
Photographers in the Legislature
During a meeting of the House on 31 May 2011, Tyler ordered the Sergeant-at-Arms to seize two reporters' cameras after alleging that they were disrupting the proceedings. In protest, the Legislative Reporters Pool initiated a media blackout of the House. Following mediation by the Press Union of Liberia, Tyler apologized to the reporters on 13 June. Category:1963 births Category:Living people Category:Speakers of the House of Representatives of Liberia Category:People from Bomi County Category:Unity Party (Liberia) politicians Category:Liberian lawyers Category:University of Liberia alumni Category:Recipients of the Humane Order of African Redemption Category:20th-century Liberian lawyers