Pedro Tenorio

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Pedro P. Tenorio
Pedro P. Tenorio.jpg
2nd and 5th Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
In office
January 12, 1998 – January 14, 2002
Lieutenant Jesus R. Sablan
Preceded by Froilan C. Tenorio
Succeeded by Juan N. Babauta
In office
January 11, 1982 – January 8, 1990
Lieutenant Pedro A. Tenorio
Preceded by Carlos S. Camacho
Succeeded by Lorenzo I. De Leon Guerrero
Personal details
Born Pedro Pangelinan Tenorio
(1934-04-18)April 18, 1934
Saipan, Mariana Islands, South Pacific Mandate
Died May 21, 2018(2018-05-21) (aged 84)
Garapan, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sophia Pangelinan Tenorio[1] [2]
Children 9
Education University of Guam

Pedro "Teno"[3] Pangelinan Tenorio (April 18, 1934 – May 21, 2018) was a Northern Mariana Islander politician who was the second and fifth elected 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.

Biography[edit]

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.[4]

Tenorio was married to Sophia “Sophie”[5] Pangelinan Tenorio and had nine children, Peter Michael, Ruth, Patrick James, Paul Gilbert, Perry John, Reina Sophia, Roslyn, Rebecca, and Francisco.[1] 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]

References[edit]

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
1997
Succeeded by
Juan Babauta
Political offices
Preceded by
Carlos Camacho
Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
1982–1990
Succeeded by
Lorenzo Guerrero
Preceded by
Froilan Tenorio
Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
1998–2002
Succeeded by
Juan Babauta