The Honorable Ralph Anthony Deleon Guerrero Torres

Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

The Honorable Ralph DLG. Torres is the 9th Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, serving alongside Lieutenant Governor Arnold I. Palacios, and the youngest Governor in the United States of America at 40 years old.

Prior to this new term in office, Governor Torres served alongside Lt. Governor Victor B. Hocog, as Lieutenant Governor under Governor Eloy S. Inos, as President of the 18th Northern Marianas Commonwealth Senate, and as the Chairman of the Committee on Health and Welfare in the 17th Northern Marianas Commonwealth House of Representatives.

Born on August 6, 1979, Governor Torres was raised on the island of Saipan until his family moved to Boise, Idaho where he attended high school. He attended Boise State University and earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

Following the unfortunate passing of Governor Inos in late 2015, Governor Torres ascended to the governorship of the CNMI on December 29, 2015. 

As Governor, he serves as the Co-Chair of the Strategic Economic Development Council, which brings together public and private sector leaders to discuss critical economic development policies. Through this role, he has actively advocated for economic and labor legislation for the CNMI in Washington, DC with Members of Congress and the White House. He was instrumental in the passage of the Northern Mariana Islands US Workforce Act of 2018, which provided for effective wage protection for US workers, an acknowledgement of CNMI long-term guest workers, stronger development of local US workforce capacity, and allows for a substantial labor pool for the CNMI’s ongoing economic development. Through his work in promoting the CNMI, he led formal agreements with Skymark Airlines for Saipan to become the airlines’ first international destination and the first Japan-based air carrier to provide direct flights from Tokyo since 2005.

He is married to Diann Mendiola Tudela Torres and has six children: Ralph Anthony, Vaniqa Marie, Deon Titus, Tristan Dane, Divannie, and Ryan Jayz.

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Office of the Governor Response to Dismissal of Lawsuit Filed Against the House Judiciary & Government Operations Committee

Yesterday, the Superior Court held that the Office of the Governor could not proceed with its case against the House Judiciary and Government Operations Committee. Although the Administration respects the decision of the Judge, we believe the decision is erroneous by ignoring and misinterpreting law and precedent. For example, in its rush to follow federal precedent, it skipped right over the plain text of the Commonwealth Constitution. Then it overlooked some of the most important protections found even in the federal cases — such as the rule that the legislature may subpoena the executive only when the information it needs is not reasonably available anywhere else. The decision will be appealed. It will be for the Supreme Court to ultimately decide the merits of this civil case.

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