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Governor of the
Northern Mariana Islands
Seal of the Northern Mariana Islands.svg
Commonwealth seal
Ralph Torres.jpg
Incumbent
Ralph Torres

since December 29, 2015
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

The following is a list of persons who served as Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands. The term of office is 4 years. The longest-serving governor in CNMI history is Pedro Tenorio, who served 12 years in office from 1982 to 1990 and again from 1998 to 2002.

List of Governors

      Democratic (2)       Republican (7)       Covenant (1)

No.
Image
Governor
(Birth–Death)
Took office
Left office
 
Party
1
Carlos Sablan Camacho.jpg
Carlos S. Camacho
(born 1937)
January 9, 1978
January 11, 1982
Democratic
2
Pedro P. Tenorio.jpg
Pedro Tenorio
(1934–2018)
January 11, 1982
January 8, 1990
Republican
3
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Lorenzo I. De Leon Guerrero
(1935–2006)
January 8, 1990
January 10, 1994
Republican
4
No image.png
Froilan Tenorio
(born 1939)
January 10, 1994
January 12, 1998
Democratic
5
Pedro P. Tenorio.jpg
Pedro Tenorio
(1934–2018)
January 12, 1998
January 14, 2002
Republican
6
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Juan Babauta
(born 1953)
January 14, 2002
January 9, 2006
Republican
7
Benigno Fitial 2009.jpg
Benigno Fitial
(born 1945)
January 9, 2006

February 20, 2013
Covenant
(until 2011)
Republican
(2011 onward)
8
Eloy Inos.jpg
Eloy Inos
(1949–2015)

February 20, 2013

December 29, 2015
Covenant
(until 2013)
Republican
(2013 onward)
9
Ralph Torres.jpg
Ralph Torres
(born 1979)

December 29, 2015
Incumbent
Republican

Living former governors

As of May 2018, four former governors were alive, the oldest being Carlos S. Camacho (1978–1982; born 1937). The most recent governor to die was Pedro Tenorio (1982–1986, 1998–2002), on May 21, 2018. Eloy Inos was the most recently serving governor to die.

Name Gubernatorial term Date of birth
Carlos S. Camacho 1978–1982 February 27, 1937 (1937-02-27) (age 83)
Froilan Tenorio 1994–1998 September 9, 1939 (1939-09-09) (age 81)
Juan Babauta 2002–2006 September 7, 1953 (1953-09-07) (age 67)
Benigno Fitial 2006–2013 November 27, 1945 (1945-11-27) (age 74)

Elections

Past elections

2009

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
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