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Madeleine Mary Zeien Bordallo /ˈmædəlɪn bərˈdælj/ (born May 31, 1933) is the Delegate from the United States territory of Guam to the United States House of Representatives.

Madeleine Bordallo
Madeleine Bordallo official portrait.jpg
Delegate to the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Guam's at-large district
Assumed office
January 3, 2003
Preceded by Robert Underwood
Lieutenant Governor of Guam
In office
January 2, 1995 – January 3, 2003
Governor Carl Gutierrez
Preceded by Frank Blas
Succeeded by Kaleo Moylan
First Lady of Guam
In role
January 3, 1983 – January 5, 1987
Governor Ricardo Bordallo
Preceded by Rosa Herrero Baza
Succeeded by Rosanna Santos Ada
In role
January 6, 1975 – January 1, 1979
Governor Ricardo Bordallo
Preceded by Lourdes Perez Camacho
Succeeded by Rosa Herrero Baza
Personal details
Born Madeleine Mary Zeien
(1933-05-31) May 31, 1933 (age 84)
Graceville, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ricky Bordallo (1953–1990)
Children 1
Education St. Mary's College, Indiana
St. Catherine University (BA)

She is the first woman ever to serve as Guam's Delegate, the first female Lieutenant Governor of Guam (from 1995 to 2003), the first female candidate for Governor of Guam (in 1990), and the first female Democrat elected to the Legislature of Guam. Her 1990 campaign also made her the first non-Chamorro gubernatorial candidate in Guam.[1] As the wife of Ricky Bordallo, she was also the First Lady of Guam from 1975 to 1979 and from 1983 to 1987.



Madeleine Mary Zeien was born in Graceville, Minnesota, to a family of educators who moved to Guam after her father took a job with the Guam Department of Education. She attended St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, and the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she studied music.[2] In the 1950s and 1960s, Bordallo was a television presenter for KUAM-TV, the NBC affiliate that was the first television station on Guam.

Bordallo was married to Ricardo Bordallo, who served as Governor of Guam from 1975 to 1979 and from 1983 to 1987. While serving as first lady, she worked to emphasize the arts in the classroom and to increase awareness of the local Chamorro culture. Bordallo's husband, the former governor, committed suicide in 1990 when his appeals were unsuccessful and convictions of witness tampering and conspiracy to obstruct justice would require incarceration in federal prison. Bordallo was the first woman Democrat to be elected to the Guam Legislature, and served five terms as a senator from 1981 to 1982 and again from 1986 to 1994. During the 1988 U.S. presidential election, Bordallo was a member of Guam's uncommitted delegation to the 1988 Democratic National Convention.[3]

Bordallo and Carl Gutierrez

Bordallo was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Guam in 1990, following the death of her husband. Ping Duenas ran as Bordallo's running mate for lieutenant governor in the 1990 gubernatorial election.[4][5]

In 1994, she ran alongside Carl Gutierrez on the Democratic ticket and was elected Lieutenant Governor of Guam, serving from 1995 to 2002, the first woman in Guam's history to hold this position. In this role, she worked to promote tourism, environmentalism, and island beautification.

In 2002, as Bordallo reached her term limit and as Delegate Robert Underwood vacated his seat and attempted to run for governor, she campaigned for and was elected as a Democrat to the House, serving from January 2003 to the present, and is the first woman to represent Guam in Congress. She is one of six non-voting delegates to the House of Representatives. While in Congress, she has devoted herself to economic issues and has helped to pass legislation that aids small businesses on Guam. She has also been involved in military and environmental issues.

In April 2008, Bordallo apologized after an investigative report by the Pacific Daily News revealed that she and Senator Jesse Lujan both claimed to have degrees on their official biographies and resumes when they had not graduated from college.[6]

U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit

Committee assignmentsEdit

Caucus membershipsEdit


Bordallo objected to amendments the United States Senate made to the Omnibus Territories Act of 2013. Originally, the bill would have included the provisions to create a fund in the U.S. treasury to pay reparation claims to "living Guam residents who were raped, injured, interned, or subjected to forced labor or marches, or internment resulting from, or incident to, such occupation and subsequent liberation; and (2) survivors of compensable residents who died in war."[7] This provision, however, was removed from the bill. Bordallo was "extremely disappointed" by this change and said that she was "committed to continuing our fight for war claims for our manamko despite all the obstacles the conservative Republicans continue to raise."[8] The changes were made so that the bill could pass by unanimous consent.[8]


In January 2012, Republican Guam Senator Frank Blas Jr. announced he would challenge Bordallo in the upcoming November election for her delegate seat.[9][10] Bordallo defeated Blas in the November general election. She received 19,765 votes (58%) to his 12,995 votes (38%)[11]

In May 2012, Yale graduate and former White House intern Karlo Dizon, Democrat, also announced his bid as delegate to Congress.[12] Bordallo defeated Dizon in the primary election, with 73% of the vote.[13]

In 2014 she ran for delegate alongside Matthew Pascual Artero in the Democratic primary election. Bordallo defeated Artero in the primary election on August 30, 2014. Republican candidate Margaret McDonald Metcalfe announced that she would challenge Bordallo in the 2014 November election for her delegate seat.

In 2016 she was re-elected by the smallest margin, 53% to 47%, since she was first elected when she faced former Governor of Guam Felix Perez Camacho.

Public serviceEdit

Public service
Position Type Location Elected Term began Term ended
First Lady of Guam N/A Guam N/A January 1975 January 1979
Senator, 16th Guam Legislature State Legislature Guam 1980 January 1981 January 1983
First Lady of Guam N/A Guam N/A January 8, 1983 January 8, 1987
Senator, 19th Guam Legislature State Legislature Guam 1986 January 1987 January 1989
Senator, 20th Guam Legislature State Legislature Guam 1988 January 1989 January 1991
Senator, 21st Guam Legislature State Legislature Guam 1990 January 1991 January 1993
Senator, 22nd Guam Legislature State Legislature Guam 1992 January 1993 January 1995
Lieutenant Governor of Guam State Executive Guam 1994 January 1995 January 1999
Lieutenant Governor of Guam State Executive Guam 1998 January 1999 January 2003
Delegate, 108th Congress Federal Legislature Washington, D.C. 2002 January 2003 January 2005
Delegate, 109th Congress Federal Legislature Washington, D.C. 2004 January 2005 January 2007
Delegate, 110th Congress Federal Legislature Washington, D.C. 2006 January 2007 January 2009
Delegate, 111th Congress Federal Legislature Washington, D.C. 2008 January 2009 January 2011
Delegate, 112th Congress Federal Legislature Washington, D.C. 2010 January 2011 January 2013
Delegate, 113th Congress Federal Legislature Washington, D.C. 2012 January 2013 January 2015
Delegate, 114th Congress Federal Legislature Washington, D.C. 2014 January 2015 January 2017
Delegate, 115th Congress Federal Legislature Washington, D.C. 2016 January 2017 Present

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Woman's Governorship Quest Overshadows Abortion Fight on Guam". Associated Press. 1990-09-01. 
  2. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Guam To Send Uncommitted Delegation to Democratic Presidential Convention". The Associated Press. Agana, Guam. April 24, 1988. 
  4. ^ Hart, Therese (2009-09-18). "Last respects for Senator Ping Duenas". Marianas Variety. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  5. ^ Santiago, Bernice (2009-09-02). "'Guam lost a good friend'". Pacific Daily News. Retrieved 2009-09-28. [dead link]
  6. ^ Steve Limtiaco (April 12, 2008). "Bordallo didn't earn degree". Pacific Daily News. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "S. 1237 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Kerrigan, Kevin (June 19, 2014). "VIDEO: Bordallo "Extremely Disappointed" War Claims Stripped From Senate Omnibus Territories Act". Pacific News Center. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  9. ^ Kelman, Brett, "Blas running for delegate seat," Pacific Daily News, January 5, 2012,[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Guam Senator Blas To Challenge Delegate Bordallo". Pacific Daily News. Pacific Islands Reports. 2012-01-18. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  11. ^ admin. "Official 2012 General Election Results". Archived from the original on 30 December 2016. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  12. ^ "Dizon to face Bordallo: Candidate says he'll focus on economy". Pacific Daily News. 2012-05-15. Archived from the original on 2013-09-03. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  13. ^ admin. "Certified 2012 Primary Election Results". Retrieved 24 December 2016. 

External linksEdit

Party political offices
Preceded by
Ricardo Bordallo
Democratic nominee for Governor of Guam
Succeeded by
Carl Gutierrez
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Blas
Lieutenant Governor of Guam
Succeeded by
Kaleo Moylan
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert Underwood
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Guam

Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Eleanor Holmes Norton
United States Delegates by seniority
Succeeded by
Gregorio Sablan