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Madeleine BordalloDescription : Madeleine Mary Zeien Bordallo (born May 31, 1933) is the Delegate from the United States territory of Guam to the United States House of Representatives.She is the first woman ever to serve as Guam's Delegate, the first female Lieutenant Governor of Guam (from 1995 to 2003), the first female candidate for Governor of Guam (in 1990), and the first female Democrat elected to the Legislature of Guam. Her 1990 campaign also made her the first non-Chamorro gubernatorial candidate in Guam. As the w... Page:m

Madeleine Bordallo
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Guam's At-large district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2003
Preceded byRobert Underwood
Lieutenant Governor of Guam
In office
January 2, 1995 – January 3, 2003
GovernorCarl Gutierrez
Preceded byFrank Blas
Succeeded byKaleo Moylan
First Lady of Guam
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 5, 1987
GovernorRicardo Bordallo
Preceded byRosa Herrero Baza
Succeeded byRosanna Santos Ada
First Lady of Guam
In office
January 6, 1975 – January 1, 1979
GovernorRicardo Bordallo
Preceded byLourdes Perez Camacho
Succeeded byRosa Herrero Baza
Personal details
BornMadeleine Mary Zeien
(1933-05-31) May 31, 1933 (age 83)
Graceville, Minnesota, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Ricky Bordallo (1953–1990, his death)
Children1
Alma materSt. Mary's College, Indiana
St. Catherine University
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Madeleine Mary Zeien Bordallo (born May 31, 1933) is the Delegate from the United States territory of Guam to the United States House of Representatives.

She is the first woman ever to serve as Guam's Delegate, the first female Lieutenant Governor of Guam (from 1995 to 2003), the first female candidate for Governor of Guam (in 1990), and the first female Democrat elected to the Legislature of Guam. Her 1990 campaign also made her the first non-Chamorro gubernatorial candidate in Guam. As the wife of Ricky Bordallo, she was also the First Lady of Guam from 1975 to 1979 and 1983 to 1987.

Biography

Madeleine Mary Zeien was born in Graceville, Minnesota to a family of educators who moved to Guam after her father took a job with the Guam Department of Education. She attended St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana and the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota where she studied music. In the 1950s and 1960s, Bordallo was a television presenter for KUAM-TV, the NBC affiliate that was the first television station on Guam.

Bordallo was married to Ricardo Bordallo, who served as Governor of Guam from 1975 to 1979 and from 1983 to 1987. While serving as first lady, she worked to emphasize the arts in the classroom and to increase awareness of the local Chamorro culture. Bordallo's husband, the former Governor, committed suicide in 1990 when his appeals were unsuccessful and convictions of witness tampering and conspiracy to obstruct justice would require incarceration in federal prison. Bordallo was the first woman Democrat to be elected to the Guam Legislature, and served five terms as a senator from 1981 to 1982 and again from 1986 to 1994. During the 1988 U.S. presidential election, Bordallo was a member of Guam's uncommitted delegation to the 1988 Democratic National Convention.

Bordallo and Carl T.C. Gutierrez

Mrs. Bordallo was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Guam in 1990, following the death of her husband. Ping Duenas ran as Bordallo's running mate for lieutenant governor in the 1990 gubernatorial election.

In 1994, she ran alongside Carl T.C. Gutierrez on the Democratic ticket and was elected Lieutenant Governor of Guam, serving from 1995 to 2002, the first woman in Guam's history to hold this position. In this role, she worked to promote tourism, environmentalism, and island beautification.

In 2002, as Bordallo reached her term limit and as Delegate Robert Underwood vacated his seat and attempted to run for governor, she campaigned for and was elected as a Democrat to the House, serving from January 2003 to the present, and is the first woman to represent Guam in Congress. She is one of six non-voting delegates to the House of Representatives. While in Congress, she has devoted herself to economic issues and has helped to pass legislation that aids small businesses on Guam. She has also been involved in military and environmental issues.

In April 2008, Bordallo apologized after an investigative report by the Pacific Daily News revealed that she and Senator Jesse Lujan both claimed to have degrees on their official biographies and resumes when they had not graduated from college.

U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

  • Committee on Armed Services
    • Subcommittee on Readiness (Ranking Member)
    • Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
  • Committee on Natural Resources
    • Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans

Caucus memberships

  • Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (Vice Chair)
  • Congressional China Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • International Conservation Caucus
  • Long Range Strike Caucus
  • United States-Philippines Friendship Caucus
  • Wounded to Work Caucus

Legislation

Bordallo objected to amendments the United States Senate made to the Omnibus Territories Act of 2013 (S. 1237; 113th Congress). Originally, the bill would have included the provisions to create a fund in the U.S. treasury to pay reparation claims to "living Guam residents who were raped, injured, interned, or subjected to forced labor or marches, or internment resulting from, or incident to, such occupation and subsequent liberation; and (2) survivors of compensable residents who died in war." This provision, however, was removed from the bill. Bordallo was "extremely disappointed" by this change and said that she was "committed to continuing our fight for war claims for our manamko despite all the obstacles the conservative Republicans continue to raise." The changes were made so that the bill could pass by unanimous consent.

Elections

In January 2012, Republican Guam Senator Frank Blas Jr. announced he would challenge Bordallo in the upcoming November election for her delegate seat. Bordallo defeated Blas in the November general election. She received 19,765 votes (58%) to his 12,995 votes (38%)

In May 2012, Yale graduate and former White House intern Karlo Dizon, Democrat, also announced his bid as delegate to Congress. Bordallo defeated Dizon in the primary election, with 73% of the vote.

By this year 2014 she is running for delegate alongside with Matthew Pascual Artero for the primary election. Bordallo defeated Artero in the primary election on August 30, 2014. In this years election, Republican running candidate Margaret McDonald Metcalfe announced she will challenge Bordallo in the upcoming November election for her delegate seat.

Public service

Public Service
PositionTypeLocationElectedTerm beganTerm ended
First Lady of GuamN/AGuamN/AJanuary 1975January 1979
Senator, 16th Guam LegislatureState LegislatureGuam1980January 1981January 1983
First Lady of GuamN/AGuamN/AJanuary 8, 1983January 8, 1987
Senator, 19th Guam LegislatureState LegislatureGuam1986January 1987January 1989
Senator, 20th Guam LegislatureState LegislatureGuam1988January 1989January 1991
Senator, 21st Guam LegislatureState LegislatureGuam1990January 1991January 1993
Senator, 22nd Guam LegislatureState LegislatureGuam1992January 1993January 1995
Lieutenant Governor of GuamState ExecutiveGuam1994January 1995January 1999
Lieutenant Governor of GuamState ExecutiveGuam1998January 1999January 2003
Delegate, 108th CongressFederal LegislatureWashington, D.C.2002January 2003January 2005
Delegate, 109th CongressFederal LegislatureWashington, D.C.2004January 2005January 2007
Delegate, 110th CongressFederal LegislatureWashington, D.C.2006January 2007January 2009
Delegate, 111th CongressFederal LegislatureWashington, D.C.2008January 2009January 2011
Delegate, 112th CongressFederal LegislatureWashington, D.C.2010January 2011January 2013
Delegate, 113th CongressFederal LegislatureWashington, D.C.2012January 2013January 2015
Delegate, 114th CongressFederal LegislatureWashington, D.C.2014January 2015Present
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