Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) recognized Saipan Mayor Marian DLG Tudela this month in the Congressional Records. Tudela was then presented a framed copy of the record last week by Sablan himself.
The Congressional Records is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the U.S Congress.
In an interview, Tudela said that when she was presented with the framed record, she didn’t know how to explain the gratitude she felt for the honor Sablan bestowed on her.
“I was very surprised when he told me he was going to do this and I appreciate that he really thought about me and thank him for doing it,” Tudela said.
Sablan said the Congressional Record was intended to show that Tudela is the first female mayor and the only female mayor in all municipalities of the CNMI. Tudela was sworn in on June 8, 2014.
“Mayor Tudela assumed this position by operation of law upon the untimely death of Mayor Donald G. Flores. Though residing at the time in the mainland U.S., she honorably agreed to serve her community through the remainder of his term, and returned to Saipan,” Sablan stated.
He added: “With over 21 years in the private sector and over 10 years in government service, Tudela has a long and rich professional history. And this is not her first time to answer to the people directly. From 1994 to 1998 and from 2006 to 2008, Tudela was a member of the Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council. She has also served on the boards of the NMI Retirement Fund and the Commonwealth Ports Authority.”