Pedro Tenorio

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Pedro Tenorio
Pedro P. Tenorio.jpg
2nd and 5th Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
In office
January 12, 1998 – January 14, 2002
LieutenantJesus Sablan
Preceded byFroilan Tenorio
Succeeded byJuan Babauta
In office
January 11, 1982 – January 8, 1990
LieutenantPete Tenorio
Preceded byCarlos S. Camacho
Succeeded byLorenzo I. De Leon Guerrero
Personal details
Pedro Pangelinan Tenorio

(1934-04-18)April 18, 1934
Saipan, Mariana Islands, South Pacific Mandate
DiedMay 21, 2018(2018-05-21) (aged 84)
Garapan, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Sophie Pangelinan
EducationUniversity of Guam

Pedro "Teno"[1] Pangelinan Tenorio (April 18, 1934 – May 21, 2018) was a Northern Mariana Islander politician who was the second and fifth Governor of the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

With 12 years in office, Tenorio was the longest-serving governor in CNMI history.


Tenorio was born on Saipan. He graduated from George Washington High School in Guam and attended the University of Guam. He worked as a schoolteacher, a shipping executive, and a supervisor for a Naval technical and training unit. He first served in the House of Representatives of the Congress of Micronesia and subsequently became a member of the Marianas District Legislature.

In 1978, when the Northern Mariana Islands became a U.S. commonwealth (CNMI), he was elected vice president of the Northern Mariana Islands Senate in the first commonwealth legislature and chairman of the Programs Committee. He was elected president of the senate in 1980. Sworn in as governor in 1982, he was reelected for a second term in 1985. He was elected Governor again in November 1997 and was inaugurated on January 12, 1998.[2]

Tenorio was married to Sophia “Sophie”[3] Pangelinan Tenorio[4] and had nine children, Peter Michael, Ruth, Patrick James, Paul Gilbert, Perry John, Reina Sophia, Roslyn, Rebecca, and Francisco.[5] He died on May 21, 2018 at the Commonwealth Health Center, Garapan, Saipan,[6] [7] and was buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Chalan Kanoa, Saipan.[8] [9]


  1. ^ Patterson, Carolyn Bennett, et al. "At the Birth of Nations: In the Far Pacific." National Geographic Magazine, October 1986 page 498. National Geographic Virtual Library, Accessed 17 May 2018.
  2. ^ "NGA Profile of Pedro P. Tenorio". National Governor's Association. 2004. Retrieved December 31, 2008.
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  4. ^ "First Lady leads the creation of CNMI Chapter of Make-a-Wish Foundation". Saipan Tribune. September 1, 1999. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
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  6. ^ Villahermosa, Cherrie (May 22, 2018). "'A true statesman in every sense of the word'". Marianas Variety.
  7. ^ Encinares, Erwin (May 22, 2018). "Gov. Teno passes away, 84". Saipan Tribune.
  8. ^ Villahermosa, Cherrie (May 30, 2018). "Former Governor Teno laid to rest". Marianas Variety.
  9. ^ Bautista, Kimberly (May 30, 2018). "CNMI bids Teno farewell". Saipan Tribune.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jose Camacho Tenorio
Republican nominee for Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
1981, 1985
Succeeded by
Larry Guerrero
Preceded by
Larry Guerrero
Republican nominee for Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
Succeeded by
Juan Babauta
Political offices
Preceded by
Carlos Camacho
Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
Succeeded by
Lorenzo Guerrero
Preceded by
Froilan Tenorio
Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
Succeeded by
Juan Babauta