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Northern Mariana Islands House of Representatives
In the 2007 election cycle, the CNMI House membership was increased from 18 to 20. Representatives serve two-year terms and are elected from seven election districts:
- District 1: Saipan (6 seats)
- District 2: Saipan (2 seats)
- District 3: Saipan & the Northern Islands (6 seats)
- District 4: Saipan (2 seats)
- District 5: Saipan (2 seats)
- District 6: Tinian (1 seat)
- District 7: Rota & Aguiguan (1 seat)
The Speaker of the Northern Mariana Islands House of Representatives is chosen by the House from among its members.
Composition of the House of Representatives
(Shading indicates majority/plurality)
|End of 18th Legislature||4||12||0||4||20||0|
|Begin 22nd Legislature||9[a]||1||2||8||0||20||0|
|July 23, 2021||8||1||2||8||19||1|
|October 16, 2021||9||20||0|
|Latest voting share||20%||80%|
At the start of the 23rd Commonwealth Legislature, Villagomez was reelected as speaker while Joel Castro Camacho was elected vice-speaker and Edwin Propst was elected floor leader. On January 13, 2023, the four-member minority elected Patrick Hofschneider San Nicolas as minority leader.
|Speaker of the House||Edmund Villagomez||Independent|
|Vice Speaker||Joel Castro Camacho||Independent|
|Majority Leader||Edwin Propst||Democratic|
|Minority Leader||Patrick Hofschneider San Nicolas||Republican|
Members of the 23rd Legislature
In the 2020 general election for the 22nd Legislature, the Republican Party won nine seats, a resurgent Democratic Party won eight seats, and three seats were won by independents. Two of those independents, Edmund Joseph Sablan Villagomez and Donald Manalang Manglona, are aligned with the Democratic Party while Joseph Flores is aligned with the Republican Party. On July 23, 2021, the death of Republican 3rd district representative Ivan A. Blanco created a vacancy, to be filled in an October 16 special election. Democrat Corina Magofna won the special election, flipping the seat. In the 2022 elections for the 23rd Legislature, independents made significant gains, reducing the number of Democrats and Republicans in the House. However, 12 of the 13 independents formed a coalition government with the 4 Democrats.
|1 - Saipan||Edwin Propst||Democratic||Majority|
|Vincent Raymon Seman Aldan||Independent||Majority|
|Joseph Arriola Flores||Independent||Minority|
|Roy Christopher Aldan Ada||Republican||Minority|
|Diego Vincent Fejeran Camacho||Democratic||Majority|
|Roman Cepeda Benavente||Independent||Majority|
|2 - Saipan||Manny Gregory Tenorio||Independent||Majority|
|John Paul Palacios Sablan||Independent||Majority|
|3 - Saipan||Blas Jonathan "BJ" Tenorio Attao||Independent||Majority|
|Ralph Naraja Yumul||Independent||Majority|
|Denita Kaipat Yangetmai||Democratic||Majority|
|Marissa Renee Flores||Independent||Majority|
|Vicente Castro Camacho||Democratic||Majority|
|4 - Saipan||Malcolm Jason Omar||Independent||Majority|
|Joel Castro Camacho||Independent||Majority|
|5 - Saipan||Angelo Atalig Camacho||Independent||Majority|
|Thomas John Dela Cruz Manglona||Republican||Minority|
|6 - Tinian||Patrick Hofschneider San Nicolas||Republican||Minority|
|7 - Rota||Julie Marie Atalig Ogo||Independent||Majority|
Past composition of the House of Representatives
- N.M.I. Const. art. II, § 14(b).
- "Democrats take control of CNMI House of Representatives". Radio New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand. January 14, 2021. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved January 16, 2021.
- Bautista Esmores, Kimberly (January 9, 2023). "Villagomez re-elected House speaker". Saipan Tribune. Retrieved January 9, 2023.
- "23rd Commonwealth Legislature Directory" (PDF). CNMI Legislature. January 12, 2023. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 20, 2023. Retrieved January 19, 2023.
- Erediano, Emmanuel T. (January 13, 2023). "San Nicolas is House minority leader". Marianas Variety. Retrieved February 1, 2023.
- De La Torre, Ferdie (December 17, 2020). "Majority in 22nd House a toss-up". Saipan Tribune. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
- Commonwealth Election Commission, "Proclamation - Special Election for the Third Election District (Precint 3)," August 19, 2021
- "Magofna Wins Northern Mariana Islands Special Election". 18 October 2021.
- Sablan, Jesus I. (Chair) (November 11, 2022). "Official General Election Results". Commonwealth Election Commission. Archived from the original on December 27, 2022. Retrieved January 9, 2023.
- One Republican voted with the Democratic–Independent coalition to elect the speaker of the House.