Michael Cruz

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Michael Cruz
Michael W. Cruz of Guam.jpg
Lieutenant Governor of Guam
In office
January 1, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Governor Felix Perez Camacho
Preceded by Kaleo Moylan
Succeeded by Ray Tenorio
Personal details
Born Michael Warren Cruz
(1958-09-08) September 8, 1958 (age 58)
Political party Republican Party
Spouse(s) Jennifer Rosario Cruz
Children 6
Profession Surgeon, politician

Michael Warren "Mike" Cruz, M.D. (born September 8, 1958) is a surgeon and former politician in Guam, a U.S. territory. Cruz served as the eighth elected Lieutenant Governor of Guam from 2007 to 2011.[1]

Biography[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Cruz was born on September 8, 1958 where he raised in Agat, Guam by his parents Miguel de Gracia Cruz and Rosalinda Quinata.[1] His father was Chamorro while his mother was Filipino.[2]

He has three children from his first marriage: Shaunn, Mika’ele and Christine.[1] Cruz is currently married to his second wife, Jennifer Rosario Cruz. The couple have one daughter, Taylor, as well as Rosario Cruz's son, Christian, from her previous relationship.[1]

Cruz received a bachelor's degree in biology from Walla Walla College in Washington state.[1][3] He obtained a Doctor of Medicine from Loma Linda University in California.[1]

Military[edit]

Cruz is a Colonel in the Guam Army National Guard.[1] He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm.[1] Cruz volunteered as a commander in the Rapid Advanced Medical Team during the Iraq War, serving from 2003 to 2004.[1] He was a recipient of Bronze Star Medal for his tour of duty in Iraq.[1]

Medical career[edit]

Cruz is a surgeon, and served as the Medical Director of the Guam Memorial Hospital.[1] He is a member of the American Board of Surgery, and the American Society of Breast Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.[1]

Political career[edit]

Cruz was elected as a Republican Senator in the 28th Guamanian Legislature from 2005 to 2006.[1] He served on the legislature's Health and Human Services Committee, authoring legislation to combat childhood obesity in Guam.[1]

He was elected Lieutenant Governor of Guam in November 2006 as the running mate of Governor Felix Perez Camacho. Cruz took office on January 1, 2007.

Cruz-Espaldon Campaign[edit]

Cruz declared his candidacy for the 2010 gubernatorial election and was a candidate in the September 2010 Republican primary. His running mate for Lt. Governor was Senator Jim Espaldon.[1][3] Cruz was defeated by Eddie Baza Calvo in the Republican primary election on September 3, 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Michael ‘Mike’ W. Cruz, MD". Asian Journal. 2010-07-14. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  2. ^ "Lt. Governor Mike Cruz - Candidate Profile". Pacific News Center. 2010-07-09. Archived from the original on 2010-07-14. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  3. ^ a b "Calvo, Cruz take stances on issues: Lt. Gov. Mike Cruz and Sen. James Espaldon". Pacific Daily News. 2010-07-23. Archived from the original on 2010-08-29. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kaleo Moylan
Lieutenant Governor of Guam
2007–2011
Succeeded by
Ray Tenorio