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Ralph Torres
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9th Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
Assumed office
December 29, 2015
Lieutenant Victor Hocog
Arnold Palacios (Elect)
Preceded by Eloy Inos
10th Lieutenant Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
In office
January 12, 2015 – December 29, 2015
Governor Eloy Inos
Preceded by Jude Hofschneider
Succeeded by Victor Hocog
Personal details
Born
Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres

(1979-08-06) August 6, 1979 (age 39)
Saipan, Mariana Islands, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands

Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Diann Mendiola Tudela
Children 6
Education Boise State University (BA)

Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres (born August 6, 1979) is an American Republican politician from Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. He has served as the ninth Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands since the death of Governor Eloy Inos on December 29, 2015. He previously served as the tenth Lieutenant Governor, which he was elected to in 2014.[1]

Background and personal life[edit]

Torres graduated from Boise High School in 1996. He received a BS in Political Science from Boise State University in 2001.[2] In 2004, he began to work with his brother at Torres Brothers, Attorneys at Law.

Torres has six children with his wife, the former Diann Mendiola Tudela: Ralph Anthony, Vaniqa Marie, Deon Titus, Tristan Dane, Divannie and Ryan.[2] Torres is of Chamorro ancestry.

Political career[edit]

Commonwealth Legislature[edit]

In 2008, Torres won the election to the Northern Mariana Islands House of Representatives. In 2010, he won the election to the Northern Mariana Islands Senate, acting in a variety of roles. From 2010 to 2015 he was Chairman of the Health & Welfare Committee. In February 2013, he became the President of the Senate.[2]

Lieutenant Governorship[edit]

As half of the winning ticket in the 2014 gubernatorial election,[1] Torres became Lieutenant Governor on January 12, 2015.

Governorship[edit]

Upon the death of incumbent Governor Eloy Inos, Torres became the Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands on December 29, 2015.[3][4] In accordance with the constitution, the Senate president, Victor Hocog, became Lieutenant Governor.[5]

Torres approved a bill, public law 19-42, that adds a $1,000 excise tax on pistol purchases, this is the highest tax on pistols sales in the US.[6]

In February 2018, Bloomberg Businessweek reported that Torres and his family have received millions of dollars in payments from Hong Kong-based Imperial Pacific casino.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b “Commonwealth Election Commission – Election 2014 Results”. Archived from the original on November 30, 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c “Ralph DLG. Torres biography”. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Governor’s Office. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  3. ^ Rabago, Mark (29 December 2015). “Gov. Eloy Inos Passes Away”. Saipan Tribune. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  4. ^ Manglona, Thomas (29 December 2015). “CNMI Governor Eloy Inos Dies”. Pacific News Center. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  5. ^ New governor, lt. governor sworn in Marianas Variety December 29, 2015
  6. ^ Kartch, John (April 18, 2016). “$1,000 Gun Tax Pushed as ‘Role Model’ for States”. Americans for Tax Reform. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  7. ^ Campbell, Matthew (February 15, 2018). “A Chinese Casino Has Conquered a Piece of America”. Bloomberg Businessweek. Archived from the original on February 16, 2018. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Jude Hofschneider
Lieutenant Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
2015
Succeeded by
Victor Hocog
Preceded by
Eloy Inos
Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
2015–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Eloy Inos
Republican nominee for Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
2018
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