Gerard Montano was born in 1918 and grew up in San Fernando where he attended Naparima College and St. Benedict's College. Before Montono embarked on his political career he was the Chairman and Director of a family business called Imperial Stores Limited. He worked in this capacity until 1956 when he was on of the founding members of the PNM. Montono was a member of the San Fernando Borough Council and was the Mayor of San Fernando in 1956. As a member of the PNM, Montono won the San Fernando East seat in the 1956 election - he held this seat for fourteen (14) years. He took over from Dr. Patrick Solomon in 1964 as Minister of Home Affairs and was at the helm of the Ministry in 1966 when Local Government was also under the purview of the Ministry.

In 1968 his ministrial responsibilities where shifted to Minister of Home Affairs and Personnel. He was the Leader of the House of Representatives from 1964 until his retirement in 1970. In 1971, Montono was the country's Ambassador to Brazil with accreditation to Chile as well. He was the first non-Venzuelan to receive that the country's highest honour, the Order of the Liberator Simon Bolivor. Gerard Montomo died in 2005 at the age of 87.of the architects of the Independence movement and served as Deputy Premier and Deputy Political Leader of the PNM.

Solomon as served in a number of Ministries including the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of External Affairs. He was the first Minister of Home Affairs now called the Ministry of National Security. He also held a number of diplomatic portfolios including Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations, Vice President of the United Nations General Assembly and finally as the High Commisioner of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Kingdom. Dr. Solomon died in 1997 at the age of 87