Lorenzo I. De Leon Guerrero
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Lorenzo I. De Leon Guerrero

Larry Guerrero
3rd Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands

January 8, 1990 - January 10, 1994
LieutenantBenjamin Manglona
Pedro Tenorio
Froilan Tenorio
Personal details
Lorenzo Iglecias De Leon Guerrero

(1935-01-25)January 25, 1935
Saipan, Mariana Islands, South Pacific Mandate
DiedOctober 6, 2006(2006-10-06) (aged 71)
Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Matilde Salas Villagomez

Lorenzo Iglecias De Leon Guerrero ("Larry Guerrero") (January 25, 1935 - October 6, 2006) was a Northern Mariana Islander politician as a member of CNMI Republican Party, and was the third Governor of the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands from 1990 to 1994.

Early life

Guerrero was born on January 25, 1935, to his parents Pedro Taitingfong Deleon Guerrero and Carmen Celis Iglecias of Saipan.


Guerrero first held elective office in 1972 when he took office as a senator in the Northern Mariana Islands' legislature at the time. He served in that body until it was replaced by the Commonwealth Legislature in 1980, at which time he served as the President of the Northern Mariana Islands Senate until 1982. He chaired the Northern Mariana Islands Republican Party from 1983-1985. He was elected governor in 1989 and served from 1990-1994, when he was succeeded by Froilan Tenorio. Guerrero was the vice president of the Saipan Shipping Company from 1973 to 1976 and worked for the Philippine, Micronesia and the Orient Navigation Company for over a decade. He owned and managed the Commonwealth Maritime Agency in Saipan from 1980 until 1989 when he won the governorship.[1]

Later life

In 1997, Guerrero unsuccessfully ran for Governor with running mate, Dr. Rita Inos, who became the first woman to run for Lieutenant Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands at the time.[2] Guerrero died on October 6, 2006, after a long illness.[3] A state funeral was held.[3] Guerrero, the first of the CNMI's elected governors to pass away, was survived by his wife, ten children, and about forty grandchildren and great-grandchildren.[3] The funeral mass were held at the Kristo Rai Church and Nuestra Senora de la Paz Chapel. He was buried at the Mount Carmel Cemetery (Chalan Kanoa Cemetery) in Saipan. Guerrero was married to Matilde Salas Villagomez Deleon Guerrero and had thirteen children, Aida, Joaquin, Margarita, Frances, Gloria, Emiliana, Dolores, Lorenza, Lorenzo Jr., Magdalena, Raymond, Patricia, and Edith.[4]


  1. ^ "NGA Profile of Lorenzo I. De Leon Guerrero". National Governor's Association. Archived from the original on January 25, 2011. Retrieved 2009.
  2. ^ Deposa, Moneth (August 11, 2009). "Dr. Rita Inos, 55, dies of cancer". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on February 24, 2012. Retrieved 2009.
  3. ^ a b c "Former CNMI Governor Guerrero Passes Away". United States Department of the Interior. October 6, 2006. Archived from the original on October 30, 2013.
  4. ^ http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/obituaries/104783-matilda-salas-villagomez-deleon-guerrero

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Pedro Tenorio
Republican nominee for Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
1989, 1993
Succeeded by
Pedro Tenorio
Political offices
Preceded by
Pedro Tenorio
Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
Succeeded by
Froilan Tenorio

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