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Subject: Eloy Inos, Juan Babauta, Benigno Fitial, Politics of the Northern Mariana Islands, Jude Hofschneider
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List of Governors of the Northern Mariana Islands

Governor of Northern Mariana Islands
Seal of the Northern Mariana Islands
Eloy Inos

since February 20, 2013
Residence Juan A. Sablan Memorial Bldg.
Term length 4 years single term, eligible for second.
Inaugural holder Carlos S. Camacho
Formation January 9, 1978
Website Office of the Governor
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
the Northern Mariana Islands

The following is a list of persons who served as Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands. The term of office is 4 years.


  • List of Governors 1
  • Living former governors 2
  • Elections 3
    • Past elections 3.1
      • 2009 3.1.1
  • See also 4
  • Footnotes 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

List of Governors


      Democratic       Republican       Covenant

Took office
Left office
Carlos S. Camacho
(born 1937)
January 9, 1978
January 11, 1982
Pedro Tenorio
(born 1934)
January 11, 1982
January 8, 1990
January 8, 1990
January 10, 1994
Froilan Tenorio
(born 1939)
January 10, 1994
January 12, 1998
Pedro Tenorio
(born 1934)
January 12, 1998
January 14, 2002
Juan Babauta
(born 1953)
January 14, 2002
January 9, 2006
Benigno Fitial
(born 1945)
January 9, 2006

February 20, 2013
[note 1]

(until 2011)
(2011 onward)
[note 2]
Eloy Inos
(born 1949)

February 20, 2013
[note 3]

(until 2013)
(2013 onward)
[note 4]

Living former governors

As of August 2014, five former governors were alive, the oldest being Pedro Tenorio (1982-1990, 1998–2002; born 1934). The most recent governor to die was Lorenzo I. De Leon Guerrero (1990–1994), on October 6, 2006. Guerrero was also the most recently serving governor to die.

Name Gubernatorial term Date of birth
Carlos S. Camacho 1978–1982 (1937-02-27) February 27, 1937
Pedro Tenorio 1982–1990, 1998–2002 (1934-04-18) April 18, 1934
Froilan Tenorio 1994–1998 (1939-09-09) September 9, 1939
Juan Babauta 2002–2006 (1953-09-07) September 7, 1953
Benigno Fitial 2006–2013 (1945-11-27) November 27, 1945


 Summary of the 4 and 21 November 2014 Northern Mariana Islands gubernatorial election results
Candidate Running mate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Eloy Songao Inos Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres Republican 6,342 45.96% 6,547 56.96%
Heinz Sablan Hofschneider Ray Naraja Yumul Independent 4,501 32.62% 4,948 43.04%
Juan Nekai Babauta Juan Sablan Torres Independent 2,414 17.50%
Edward Masga Deleon Guerrero Daniel Ogo Quitugua Democratic 541 3.92%
Total 13,798 100% 11,495 100%
Source: Commonwealth Election Commission

Past elections


Northern Mariana Islands gubernatorial election, 2009
Party Candidate Running mate First round Second round
Votes Percentage Votes Percentage
Republican Heinz Hofschneider Arnold Palacios 4,900 36.27% 6,240 48.56%
Covenant Benigno Fitial (incumbent) Eloy Inos 4,892 36.21% 6,610 51.44%
Independent Juan Guerrero Joe Camacho 2,613 19.34%
Independent Ramon Guerrero David Borja 1,075 7.96%
Totals 100.00% 100.00%
Voter turnout

See also


  1. ^ Fitial resigned following impeachment by the House of Representatives and prior to likely conviction in an impeachment trial by the Senate.[1][2]
  2. ^ Fitial switched his party affiliation from the Covenant Party to the Republican Party on January 5, 2011, while in office.[3]
  3. ^ As lieutenant governor, Inos became governor following the resignation of Benigno Fitial.[1][2]
  4. ^ Inos switched his party affiliation from the Covenant Party to the Republican Party in September 2013.[4]


  1. ^ a b Erediano, Emmanuel (February 21, 2013). "New governor, lt. governor".  
  2. ^ a b Eugenio, Haidee (March 2013). "Gov Benigno Fitial steps down, Eloy Inos steps in: Dawn of a New Era for CNMI?".  
  3. ^ Eugenio, Haidee (January 8, 2011). "Fitial now back to Republican Party, Governor's end goal to merge Covenant with GOP".  
  4. ^ Eugenio, Haidee (September 19, 2013). "Inos, Covenant Party members rejoining GOP".  

External links

  • Former CNMI Governor Guerrero Passes Away
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