Legislature of the Marshall Islands
Legislature of the Marshall Islands
since 4 January 2016
Length of term
|single and multi-seat constituencies|
|16 November 2015|
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politics and government of
the Marshall Islands
The Legislature of the Marshall Islands (Marshallese: Nitijeļā) has 33 members, elected for a four-year term in single-seat and five multi-seat constituencies. The last election was November 21, 2011. Elections in the Marshall Islands are officially nonpartisan, but most members of the Nitijeļā are affiliated with one of the four active political parties in the Marshall Islands: Aelon Kein Ad (AKA), Kien Eo Am (KEA), United People's Party (UPP), and United Democratic Party (UDP).
|Atlan Anien||1979 – 1988|||
|Kessai Note||1988 – 1999|||
|Litokwa Tomeing||January 10, 2000 – 2007|||
|Jurelang Zedkaia||January 7, 2008 – October 26, 2009|||
|Alvin Jacklick||November 2, 2009 – January 7, 2012|||
|Donald Capelle||January 7, 2012 – January 4, 2016|||
|Kenneth Kedi||January 4, 2016 – present|||
Members of Nitijeļā
The twenty-four electoral districts into which the country is divided correspond to the inhabited islands and atolls. There are four political parties in the Marshall Islands: Aelon Kein Ad (AKA), Kien Eo Am (KEA), United People's Party (UPP), and United Democratic Party (UDP). Control is shared by the AKA and the KEA. The following senators are in the legislative body:
- Ailinglaplap Atoll — Christopher Loeak (AKA), Alfred Alfred, Jr. (KEA)
- Ailuk Atoll — Maynard Alfred (KEA)
- Arno Atoll — Jejwarick Anton (KEA), Mike Halferty (Ind.)
- Aur Atoll — Hilda Heine (Ind.)
- Ebon Atoll — John M. Silk (KEA)
- Enewetak Atoll — Jack Ading (AKA)
- Jabat Island — Kessai Note (UDP)
- Jaluit Atoll — Casten Nemra (Ind.), Daisy Alik-Momotaro (Ind.)
- Kili Island — Eldon H. Note (UDP)
- Kwajalein Atoll — Michael Kabua (AKA), David Paul (KEA), Alvin Jacklick (KEA)
- Lae Atoll — Thomas Heine (AKA)
- Lib Island — Jerakoj Jerry Bejang (AKA)
- Likiep Atoll — Leander Leander, Jr. (AKA)
- Majuro Atoll — Sherwood Tibon (KEA), David Kramer (KEA), Brenson S. Wase (KEA), Anthony Muller (KEA), Kalani Kaneko (KEA)
- Maloelap Atoll — Bruce Bilimon (AKA)
- Mejit Island — Dennis Momotaro (UPP)
- Mili Atoll — Wilbur Heine (AKA)
- Namdrik Atoll — Mattlan Zackhras (UDP)
- Namu Atoll — Tony Aiseia (AKA)
- Rongelap Atoll — Kenneth Kedi (KEA)
- Ujae Atoll — Atbi Riklon (AKA)
- Utirik Atoll — Amenta Matthew (KEA)
- Wotho Atoll — David Kabua (AKA)
- Wotje Atoll — Litokwa Tomeing (UPP)
The Nitijela has 7 permanent standing committees with oversight authority and legislative authority. All committees have 9 members.
|Appropriation||Casten Nemra||considers and reports on all legislation relating to public expenditure or financial administration, both federal and local, including budget estimates and supplementary estimates referred to it|
|Public Accounts||Bruce Bilimon||considers the public funds and account of the Marshall Islands, in conjunction with the report of the Auditor-General on them; reports to the Nitijela any excess/unauthorized expenditures and the reasoning for it; proposes any legislation it deems necessary to ensure public funds are properly and efficiently spent and accounted for; reports to the Nitijela on any audit of public accounts|
|Health, Education, and Social Affairs||Alvin Jacklick||considers all legislation relating to the education, health, condition of labor, and well-being of the people of the Marshall Islands|
|Ways and Means||Sherwood Tibon||considers all legislation relating to the revenue of the federal and local governments, including matters relating to the administration of revenue laws|
|Judiciary and Governmental Relations||Daisy Alik-Momotaro|
|Resources and Development||David Kramer|
|Foreign Affairs and Trade||Maynard Alfred|
The Nitijela is supported by various staff.
Clerk of the Nitijela
The Clerk is the administrative head of the legislature, with authority to approve related matters. The Clerk prepares the Nitijela's business and serves as the legislature's secretary, keeping minutes and publishing them.
The current Clerk is Morean Watak, and Carl Alik is her Assistant Clerk.
The Office of the Legislative Counsel was established in 1981. He or she gives legal advice to MPs and the Speaker, as well as providing legislative drafting services. The Legislative Counsel also serves as the Commissioner of the Marshall Islands Revised Code if the Cabinet has not appointed a Commissioner.
The current Legislative Counsel is Joe Lomae, and his assistant is Lometo Philippo.
- Government of the Marshall Islands
- Politics of the Marshall Islands
- Elections in the Marshall Islands
- Congress of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands
- List of legislatures by country
- "Results for 2011 Elections in Marshall Islands". Adam Carr Election Data. 21 February 2012.
- "Permanent Standing Committees". rmiparliament.org. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
- "Office of the Clerk". rmiparliament.org. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
- "Office of the Legislative Counsel". rmiparliament.org. Retrieved 2019-02-27.