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
Seal of the Northern Mariana Islands.svg
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Incumbent
Ralph Torres

since December 29, 2015
ResidenceJuan A. Sablan Memorial Bldg.
Term length4 years single term, eligible for second.
Inaugural holderCarlos S. Camacho
FormationJanuary 9, 1978
WebsiteOffice of the Governor

List of GovernorsEdit

Parties

  Democratic (2)   Republican (7)   Covenant (1)

No. Portrait Governor
(Birth–Death)
Elected Took office Left office Party
1   Carlos S. Camacho
(born 1937)
1977 January 9, 1978 January 11, 1982 Democratic
2   Pedro Tenorio
(1934–2018)
1981
1985
January 11, 1982 January 8, 1990 Republican
3   Lorenzo I. De Leon Guerrero
(1935–2006)
1989 January 8, 1990 January 10, 1994 Republican
4   Froilan Tenorio
(1939–2020)
1993 January 10, 1994 January 12, 1998 Democratic
5   Pedro Tenorio
(1934–2018)
1997 January 12, 1998 January 14, 2002 Republican
6   Juan Babauta
(born 1953)
2001 January 14, 2002 January 9, 2006 Republican
7   Benigno Fitial
(born 1945)
2005
2009
January 9, 2006 February 20, 2013

[note 1]

Covenant
(until 2011)
Republican
(2011 onward)

[note 2]

8   Eloy Inos
(1949–2015)
2014 February 20, 2013

[note 3]

December 29, 2015

[note 4]

Covenant
(until 2013)
Republican
(2013 onward)

[note 5]

9   Ralph Torres
(born 1979)
2018 December 29, 2015

[note 6]

Incumbent Republican

SuccessionEdit

Living former governorsEdit

As of May 2018, 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 (1937-02-27) February 27, 1937 (age 83)
Juan Babauta 2002–2006 (1953-09-07) September 7, 1953 (age 66)
Benigno Fitial 2006–2013 (1945-11-27) November 27, 1945 (age 74)

ElectionsEdit

Northern Mariana Islands gubernatorial election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Ralph Torres and Arnold Palacios 8,922 62.2%
Independent Juan Babauta and Rita Sablan 5,420 37.8%
Total votes 14,342 100%

Past electionsEdit

2014Edit

e • d Summary of the 4 and 21 November 2014 Northern Mariana Islands gubernatorial election results
Candidate Running mate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
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%
Total 13,798 100% 11,495 100%
Source: Commonwealth Election Commission

2009Edit

Northern Mariana Islands gubernatorial election, 2009
Party Candidate Running mate First round Second round
Votes Percentage Votes Percentage
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%
Totals 100.00% 100.00%
Voter turnout

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Fitial resigned following impeachment by the House of Representatives and prior to likely conviction in an impeachment trial by the Senate.[1][2]
  2. ^ Fitial switched his party affiliation from the Covenant Party to the Republican Party on January 5, 2011, while in office.[3]
  3. ^ As lieutenant governor, Inos became governor following the resignation of Benigno Fitial.[1][2]
  4. ^ Inos died on December 29, 2015, while in office.[4][5]
  5. ^ Inos switched his party affiliation from the Covenant Party to the Republican Party in September 2013, while in office.[6]
  6. ^ As lieutenant governor, Torres became governor following the death of Eloy Inos.[4][5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Erediano, Emmanuel (February 21, 2013). "New governor, lt. governor". Marianas Variety. Archived from the original on February 24, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Eugenio, Haidee (March 2013). "Gov Benigno Fitial steps down, Eloy Inos steps in: Dawn of a New Era for CNMI?". Islands Business. Archived from the original on April 5, 2014.
  3. ^ Eugenio, Haidee (January 8, 2011). "Fitial now back to Republican Party, Governor's end goal to merge Covenant with GOP". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Chan, Dennis B. (December 30, 2015). "CNMI mourns Inos' death". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on December 29, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Chan, Dennis B. (December 30, 2015). "Torres becomes governor; Hocog is lt. gov". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on December 29, 2015.
  6. ^ Eugenio, Haidee (September 19, 2013). "Inos, Covenant Party members rejoining GOP". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on April 8, 2014.

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