Madeleine Bordallo

Madeleine Mary Zeien Bordallo (/bərˈdælj/; born May 31, 1933) is an American-Guamanian politician who served as the delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives for Guam's at-large congressional district from January 3, 2003 to January 3, 2019.

Madeleine Bordallo
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Delegate to the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Guam's at-large district
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2019
Preceded byRobert A. Underwood
Succeeded byMichael San Nicolas
6th Lieutenant Governor of Guam
In office
January 2, 1995 – January 3, 2003
GovernorCarl Gutierrez
Preceded byFrank Blas
Succeeded byKaleo Moylan
Member of the Guam Legislature
In office
January 1987 – January 1995
In office
January 1981 – January 1983
First Lady of Guam
In role
January 3, 1983 – January 5, 1987
GovernorRicardo Bordallo
Preceded byRosa Herrero Baza
Succeeded byRosanna Santos Ada
In role
January 6, 1975 – January 1, 1979
GovernorRicardo Bordallo
Preceded byLourdes Perez Camacho
Succeeded byRosa Herrero Baza
Personal details
Madeleine Mary Zeien

(1933-05-31) May 31, 1933 (age 89)
Graceville, Minnesota, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
(m. 1953; died 1990)
EducationSt. Mary's College, Indiana
St. Catherine University

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 Ricardo Bordallo, she was also the First Lady of Guam from 1975 to 1979 and from 1983 to 1987.


Madeleine Mary Zeien was born on May 31, 1933 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. In the 1950s and 1960s, Bordallo was a television presenter for KUAM-TV, the NBC affiliate that was the first television station on Guam.[2]

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 1983 and again from 1987 to 1995. 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 2003, 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 January 2019, and was the first woman to represent Guam in Congress. She was one of six non-voting delegates to the House of Representatives. While in Congress, she devoted herself to economic issues and has helped to pass legislation that aids small businesses on Guam. She also was 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]

In August 2018, Bordallo lost her bid for renomination for another term as delegate in the Democratic primary to territorial senator Michael San Nicolas.[7]

U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit

Committee assignments (2017–2019)Edit

Caucus memberships (2017–2019)Edit


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."[13] 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."[14] The changes were made so that the bill could pass by unanimous consent.[14]


In January 2012, Republican Guam Senator Frank Blas Jr. announced he would challenge Bordallo in the upcoming November election for her delegate seat.[15][16] Bordallo defeated Blas in the November general election. She received 19,765 votes (58%) to his 12,995 votes (38%)[17]

In May 2012, Yale graduate and former White House intern Karlo Dizon, Democrat, also announced his bid as delegate to Congress.[18] Bordallo defeated Dizon in the primary election, with 73% of the vote.[19]

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.

In the 2018 elections, Bordallo lost the Democratic primary to territorial Senator Michael San Nicolas for the delegate seat in the U.S. House of Representatives by 3.4%.[20]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Woman's Governorship Quest Overshadows Abortion Fight on Guam". Associated Press. September 1, 1990.
  2. ^ Simon-McWilliams, Ethel (1987). Green, Karen Reed (ed.). "Glimpses into Pacific Lives: Some Outstanding Women(Revised)" (PDF). Washington, DC: Education Resources Information Center. pp. 178–180. Retrieved December 17, 2021.
  3. ^ "Guam To Send Uncommitted Delegation to Democratic Presidential Convention". The Associated Press. Agana, Guam. April 24, 1988.
  4. ^ Hart, Therese (September 18, 2009). "Last respects for Senator Ping Duenas". Marianas Variety. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved September 28, 2009.
  5. ^ Santiago, Bernice (September 2, 2009). "'Guam lost a good friend'". Pacific Daily News. Retrieved September 28, 2009.[dead link]
  6. ^ Steve Limtiaco (April 12, 2008). "Bordallo didn't earn degree". Pacific Daily News. pp. 1, 4 – via
  7. ^ "Bordallo to exit Congress after election loss".
  8. ^ "Members". Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  9. ^ "Our Members". U.S. House of Representatives International Conservation Caucus. Archived from the original on August 1, 2018. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  10. ^ "Members". U.S. – Japan Caucus. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  11. ^ "Members". House Baltic Caucus. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  12. ^ "Members". Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  13. ^ "S. 1237 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ Kelman, Brett, "Blas running for delegate seat," Pacific Daily News, January 5, 2012,[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Guam Senator Blas To Challenge Delegate Bordallo". Pacific Daily News. Pacific Islands Reports. January 18, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
  17. ^ "Official 2012 General Election Results". Archived from the original on December 30, 2016. Retrieved December 24, 2016.
  18. ^ "Dizon to face Bordallo: Candidate says he'll focus on economy". Pacific Daily News. May 15, 2012. Archived from the original on September 3, 2013. Retrieved May 19, 2012.
  19. ^ "Certified 2012 Primary Election Results". Archived from the original on December 25, 2016. Retrieved December 24, 2016.
  20. ^ "Bordallo to exit Congress after election loss".

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Preceded by Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Guam
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Frank Blas
Lieutenant Governor of Guam
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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Guam's at-large congressional district

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