THE FIRST FOUR
Camacho, Pete Tenorio, de Leon Guerrero, Froilan Tenorio
The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is a young jurisdiction. It was established in 1978, or 37 years ago. Prior to the Commonwealth, the Northern Marianas were a district of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, along with the rest of Micronesia. There was no Governor of the Northern Marianas before 1978.
CARLOS SABLAN CAMACHO (1978-1982)
The first Governor of the CNMI shared the same first and last names as the first elected Governor of Guam. The CNMI Governor was Carlos Sablan Camacho, while Guam's was Carlos Garcia Camacho. Both also had careers in the health care field; Saipan's Carlos was a medical doctor and Guam's Carlos was a dentist.
PEDRO PANGELINAN TENORIO (1982-1986, 1986-1990, 1998-2002)
Universally known as "Teno," Tenorio has the distinction of being elected Governor three times. I remember him as being very popular among the people.
LORENZO IGLECIAS DE LEON GUERRERO (1990-1994)
He is the first CNMI Governor to pass away, which he did in 2006.
FROILAN CRUZ TENORIO (1994-1998)
During his term, the controversies concerning the CNMI's labor and immigration conditions became prime news.