David W. Panuelo

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David W. Panuelo
H. E. David W. Panuelo.jpg
Panuelo in 2019
9th President of the Federated States of Micronesia
Assumed office
May 11, 2019
Vice PresidentYosiwo George
Preceded byPeter M. Christian
Personal details
Born (1964-04-13) April 13, 1964 (age 57)
Pohnpei, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (now the Federated States of Micronesia)
Spouse(s)Janet Semes

David W. Panuelo (born April 13, 1964)[1] is a Micronesian politician who is serving as the President of the Federated States of Micronesia. His term started on May 11, 2019.[2]


Panuelo was born on the island of Pohnpei, where he completed much of his early education. He went to college in the United States, earning a BA in Political Science from Eastern Oregon University in 1987.[3]

In 1988 he was appointed as the deputy ambassador for the Micronesian embassy in Fiji where he served until 1993. In 1993 he was appointed to serve at the Micronesian Mission to the United Nations, a position he held until 1996. In 1997, Panuelo was named the director of the Department of Resource Management and Development for the State of Pohnpei, a position he held until 2001.[3]

From 2003 to 2010, Panuelo resigned from government work to work in the private business sector. On May 11, 2011, Panuelo was elected as a two-year Senator from Pohnpei State’s Congressional District Three. He was re-elected unopposed in both 2013 and 2015. In 2019 Panuelo was elected as president of Micronesia.[3]

Panuelo is married to Janet Semes Panuelo.[4] The couple have five children and seven grandchildren.[3]


  1. ^ "Micronesia". www.worldstatesmen.org.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 17, 2019. Retrieved May 18, 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b c d "H. E. David W. Panuelo – Biography". FSM National Government. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  4. ^ "President of the Federated States of Micronesia David W. Panuelo and First Lady Patricia Edwin Visit the Kennedy Gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery". Retrieved December 4, 2020.

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