Mr. Matthew Ramcharan served as Speaker of the House of the 2nd Republican Parliament (1981-1986).

Mr. Ramcharan was an attorney-at-law, who also represented Trinidad and Tobago as High Commissioner to Jamaica, High Commissioner to Canada and Ambassador to Venezuela. Mr. Ramcharan was awarded the Order of the Liberator, Venezuela's Highest honour.

Mr. Ramcharan passed away on July 9, 1989 in Canada at the age of 72.