Lorenzo I. De Leon Guerrero

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Lorenzo I. De Leon Guerrero
3rd Governor of Northern Mariana Islands
In office
January 8, 1990 – January 10, 1994
Lieutenant Benjamin Manglona
Preceded by Pedro Tenorio
Succeeded by Froilan Tenorio
Personal details
Born Lorenzo Iglesias De Leon Guerrero
(1935-01-25)January 25, 1935
Saipan, TTPI
Died October 6, 2006 (age 71)
Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Political party Republican Party
Spouse(s) Matilde Villagomez Deleon Guerrero
Profession Shipping executive
Religion Catholic

Lorenzo Iglesias De Leon Guerrero (January 25, 1935 – October 6, 2006) was the third elected Governor of the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands from 1990 to 1994.

Early life[edit]

Guerrero was born on January 25, 1935 in Saipan.


Guerrero first held elective office in 1972 when he took office as a senator in the Northern Mariana Islands' legislature at the time. He served in that body until it was replaced by the Commonwealth Legislature in 1980, at which time he served as the President of the Northern Mariana Islands Senate until 1982. He chaired the Northern Mariana Islands Republican Party from 1983–1985. He was elected governor in 1989 and served from 1990–1994, when he was succeeded by Froilan Tenorio. Guerrero was the vice president of the Saipan Shipping Company from 1973 to 1976 and worked for the Philippine, Micronesia and the Orient Navigation Company for over a decade. He owned and managed the Commonwealth Maritime Agency in Saipan from 1980 until 1989, when he won the governorship.[1]

Later life[edit]

In 1997, Guerrero unsuccessfully ran for Governor with running mate, Dr. Rita Inos, who became the first woman to run for Lieutenant Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands at the time.[2] Guerrero died on October 6, 2006, after a long illness.[3] A state funeral was held.[3] Guerrero, the first of the CNMI's elected governors to pass away, was survived by his wife, ten children, and about forty grandchildren and great-grandchildren.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Guerrero was married to Matilde Villagomez Deleon Guerrero and hes ten children, Joaquin, Margaret, Frances, Gloria, Emiliana, Dolores, Lorenza, Lorenzo Jr., Magdalena, and Raymond.


  1. ^ "NGA Profile of Lorenzo I. De Leon Guerrero". National Governor's Association. Retrieved June 23, 2009. 
  2. ^ Deposa, Moneth (August 11, 2009). "Dr. Rita Inos, 55, dies of cancer". Saipan Tribune. Retrieved August 18, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c "Former CNMI Governor Guerrero Passes Away". United States Department of the Interior. October 6, 2006. Archived from the original on October 30, 2013. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pedro Tenorio
Governor of Northern Mariana Islands
Succeeded by
Froilan Tenorio