Paul McDonald Calvo

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The Honorable
Paul McDonald Calvo
3rd Governor of Guam
In office
January 1, 1979 – January 3, 1983
Lieutenant Joseph Franklin Ada
Preceded by Ricardo Bordallo
Succeeded by Ricardo Bordallo
Senator of the 11th, and 12th Guam Legislature
In office
January 4, 1971 – January 6, 1975
Personal details
Born (1934-07-25) July 25, 1934 (age 80)
Agana, Guam
Political party Republican Party of Guam
Spouse(s) Rosa Herrero Baza
Children Vera Calvo-Garces
Kathy Calvo-Sgro
Paul Anthony Calvo
Eddie Calvo
Barbara Calvo-Damron
Marie Calvo-Benito
Reyna Calvo
Clare Calvo
Alma mater Santa Clara University
Profession Politician, businessman

Paul McDonald Calvo (born July 25, 1934) is a Guamanian politician. He was the third elected Governor of Guam from 1979 to 1983.

Early life[edit]

Calvo was born in Agana and is the eldest son of Eduardo "Jake" Torres Calvo (1909–1963) and Veronica Mariano McDonald (1913–2009). He is the brother of the late Edward M. Calvo and the current Calvo Enterprises Inc. vice-president leader Thomas "Jerry" Calvo. His paternal grandparents were Attorney Don Tomas Anderson Calvo and Dona Regina Martinez Torres. His matenal grandparents were John Francis McDonald and Dolores Mariano. He attended George Washington High School in Guam. He then attended the Peacock Military Academy and Santa Clara University.

Political career[edit]

He embarked on a business career in his family's insurance company in 1958, and entered politics during the 1960s as a member of the Republican Party. He was elected as a senator in the Legislature of Guam in 1965, and during his three terms in the body served as chair of the government Committee on Finance and Taxation and parliamentary leader of the Republican Party. Calvo was elected governor in 1978, and served until 1982.[1]

Calvo-Palomo Campaign (1974)[edit]

Calvo teamed up with Senator Tony Palomo to challenge the incumbents, Gov. Carlos Camacho and Lt. Gov. Kurt Moylan. The Calvo-Palomo ticket’s attacks on the administration included charges of corruption and favoritism, and the primary election was so close – Camacho-Moylan won by only 261 votes – that Calvo-Palomo decided to run as a write-in team for the general election. While Calvo-Palomo lost in the general election, they forced a runoff election to be held between Camacho-Moylan and the Democratic team of Ricardo J. Bordallo and Rudy Sablan. Camacho-Moylan lost the runoff, and afterward Carlos Camacho retired from politics and gave control of the Republican Party to Calvo.

Personal life[edit]

Calvo is married to Rosa Herrero Baza. They have eight children: Vera C. Garces, Kathy C. Sgro, Paul Anthony Calvo, including Governor Eddie B. Calvo, Barbara C. Damron, Marie C. Benito, Reyna Calvo, and Clare Calvo and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.[2]


  1. ^ Lal, Brij V.; Kate Fortune (2000). The Pacific Islands: An Encyclopedia (Illustrated ed.). University of Hawaii Press. p. 291. ISBN 978-0-8248-2265-1. 
  2. ^ "Calvo vs Cruz in Republican primary". Marianas Variety News & Views. 2010-05-05. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ricardo Bordallo
Governor of Guam
Succeeded by
Ricardo Bordallo
Party political offices
Preceded by
Carlos Camacho
Republican gubernatorial election
1978 (won)
1982 (lost)
Succeeded by
Joseph Franklin Ada