List of governors of the Northern Mariana Islands
The following is a list of persons who served as Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands. The term of office is 4 years. The longest-serving governor in CNMI history is Pedro Tenorio, who served 12 years in office from 1982 to 1990 and again from 1998 to 2002.
|Governor of the|
Northern Mariana Islands
|Residence||Juan A. Sablan Memorial Bldg.|
|Term length||4 years single term, eligible for second.|
|Inaugural holder||Carlos S. Camacho|
|Formation||January 9, 1978|
|Website||Office of the Governor|
List of GovernorsEdit
|Elected||Took office||Left office||Party|
|1||Carlos S. Camacho
|1977||January 9, 1978||January 11, 1982||Democratic|
|January 11, 1982||January 8, 1990||Republican|
|3||Lorenzo I. De Leon Guerrero
|1989||January 8, 1990||January 10, 1994||Republican|
|1993||January 10, 1994||January 12, 1998||Democratic|
|1997||January 12, 1998||January 14, 2002||Republican|
|2001||January 14, 2002||January 9, 2006||Republican|
|January 9, 2006||February 20, 2013||Covenant|
|2014||February 20, 2013||December 29, 2015||Covenant|
|2018||December 29, 2015||Incumbent||Republican|
Living former governorsEdit
As of May 2018[update], four former governors were alive, the oldest being Carlos S. Camacho (1978–1982; born 1937). The most recent governor to die was Pedro Tenorio (1982–1990, 1998–2002), on May 21, 2018. The most recently serving governor to die was Eloy Inos (2013–2015), on December 28, 2015.
|Name||Gubernatorial term||Date of birth|
|Carlos S. Camacho||1978–1982||February 27, 1937|
|Juan Babauta||2002–2006||September 7, 1953|
|Benigno Fitial||2006–2013||November 27, 1945|
|Republican||Ralph Torres and Arnold Palacios||8,922||62.2%|
|Independent||Juan Babauta and Rita Sablan||5,420||37.8%|
|Candidate||Running mate||Party||First round||Second round|
|Eloy Songao Inos||Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres||Republican||6,342||45.96%||6,547||56.96%|
|Heinz Sablan Hofschneider||Ray Naraja Yumul||Independent||4,501||32.62%||4,948||43.04%|
|Juan Nekai Babauta||Juan Sablan Torres||Independent||2,414||17.50%|
|Edward Masga Deleon Guerrero||Daniel Ogo Quitugua||Democratic||541||3.92%|
|Source: Commonwealth Election Commission|
|Northern Mariana Islands gubernatorial election, 2009|
|Party||Candidate||Running mate||First round||Second round|
|Republican||Heinz Hofschneider||Arnold Palacios||4,900||36.27%||6,240||48.56%|
|Covenant||Benigno Fitial (incumbent)||Eloy Inos||4,892||36.21%||6,610||51.44%|
|Independent||Juan Guerrero||Joe Camacho||2,613||19.34%|
|Independent||Ramon Guerrero||David Borja||1,075||7.96%|
- Fitial resigned following impeachment by the House of Representatives and prior to likely conviction in an impeachment trial by the Senate.
- Fitial switched his party affiliation from the Covenant Party to the Republican Party on January 5, 2011, while in office.
- As lieutenant governor, Inos became governor following the resignation of Benigno Fitial.
- Inos died on December 29, 2015, while in office.
- Inos switched his party affiliation from the Covenant Party to the Republican Party in September 2013, while in office.
- As lieutenant governor, Torres became governor following the death of Eloy Inos.
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- Chan, Dennis B. (December 30, 2015). "Torres becomes governor; Hocog is lt. gov". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on December 29, 2015.
- Eugenio, Haidee (September 19, 2013). "Inos, Covenant Party members rejoining GOP". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on April 8, 2014.