Lorenzo I. De Leon Guerrero

Quick Facts

IntroNorthern Mariana Islands politician
Was Politician
From United States of America
Type Politics
Birth 25 January 1935, Saipan
Death 6 October 2006, Saipan
(aged 71 years)


Lorenzo Iglecias De Leon Guerrero (January 25, 1935 – October 6, 2006) is a Northern Mariana Islander politician as the member of CNMI Republican Party, and was the third elected 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.

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. Guerrero died on October 6, 2006, after a long illness. A state funeral was held. 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. 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 Villagomez Deleon Guerrero and hes ten children, Joaquin, Margaret, Frances, Gloria, Emiliana, Dolores, Lorenza, Lorenzo Jr., Magdalena, and Raymond.