Legislature of the Marshall Islands

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Legislature of the Marshall Islands

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Kenneth Kedi
since 4 January 2016
Vice Speaker
Jejwarick Anton
Seats33 members
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Political groups
     Independent (33)
Length of term
4 years
single and multi-seat constituencies
Last election
16 November 2015
Meeting place
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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).


Name Period Notes
Atlan Anien 1979 – 1988 [2]
Kessai Note 1988 – 1999 [2]
Litokwa Tomeing January 10, 2000 – 2007 [2]
Jurelang Zedkaia January 7, 2008 – October 26, 2009 [2]
Alvin Jacklick November 2, 2009 – January 7, 2012 [2]
Donald Capelle January 7, 2012 – January 4, 2016 [2]
Kenneth Kedi January 4, 2016 – present [2]

Members of Nitijeļā[edit]

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:[3]


The Nitijela has 7 permanent standing committees with oversight authority and legislative authority. All committees have 9 members.[4]

Nitijela Permanent Standing Committees[4]
Committee Chair Duties
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.[5]

The current Clerk is Morean Watak, and Carl Alik is her Assistant Clerk.[5]

Legislative Counsel

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.[6]

The current Legislative Counsel is Joe Lomae, and his assistant is Lometo Philippo.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ https://rmiparliament.org/cms/about/history-of-the-nitijela.html
  2. ^ a b c d e f g https://rmiparliament.org/cms/component/content/article.html?id=38:senator-kenneth-kedi,-the-seventh-speaker-of-the-nitijela
  3. ^ "Results for 2011 Elections in Marshall Islands". Adam Carr Election Data. 21 February 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Permanent Standing Committees". rmiparliament.org. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  5. ^ a b "Office of the Clerk". rmiparliament.org. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  6. ^ a b "Office of the Legislative Counsel". rmiparliament.org. Retrieved 2019-02-27.

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