The 11th of 13 children born to Mayrose and James Blyden, Sr., Senator Blyden grew up in the Nadir community and is a proud product of the Virgin Islands public school system. In 2017 Senator Blyden attended the Robert J. Thompson Leadership Academy in Connecticut where he received a Certificate of Completion. His years of management experience includes Training Manager at Pepsi, Co, a Fortune 500 company for 5 years upon graduating from the Dickerson Business School in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Manager of the Food and Beverage division of the prestigious Frenchman’s Reef Hotel & Resort, a Marriott Resort on the island of St. Thomas; a small business owner for over 15 years, and for over 20 years Senator Blyden was employed as Housing Manager and District Manager at the Virgin Islands Housing Authority just before winning his seat in the 31st Legislature of the Virgin Islands.
In the community, Senator Blyden served in diverse capacities to include little league football coach, Zero Tolerance basketball coach, Contractor, Consultant, and Motivator. He is known to put others before himself for he believes in giving back in ways that positively impact people, their families and the community.
Since in office, Senator Blyden has annually raised funds for college bound graduating high school students experiencing financial hardships through his annual “V.I. Women United to Empower Scholarship Prayer Breakfast” fundraising program. To date, the Marvin A. Blyden Scholarship has received and distributed over $40,000 in grants to graduating students.
Annually, Senator Blyden holds a Senior’s Brunch, a Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway and a Toys for Tots Christmas giveaway for the St. Thomas St. John community. He has also co-sponsored / co-chaired the US Virgin Islands / Caribbean Emergency Housing and Safe Waste Summit and hosts a popular bi-weekly radio show on WSTA, “the people’s station. Additionally, Senator Blyden was voted by the Daily News readers best Senator of the Virgin Islands of St. Thomas for two consecutive years 2017-2019.
Married to Jacqueline Modeste Blyden for 28 years, a father of three grown children and grandfather of four, Senator Blyden finds success in a grounded family life that allows him to serve his community well. Known as a natural born leader, Senator Blyden is driven and optimistic, always willing to uplift those around him.
Re-elected to a third term in the 33rd Legislature of the Virgin Islands, Senator Blyden is the Chairman of the Housing, Transportation, Infrastructure, and Telecommunication and is humbled to serve the St. Thomas St. John community for yet another two years. He believes there is a solution to every situation, thus his political slogan “Your Choice for Solutions.
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