Editor’s Note: The following is a statement from Doug Domenech, the assistant secretary Insular and International Affairs of the Office of Insular Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior, on the passing of former CNMI governor Pedro “Teno” Pangelinan Tenorio.
On behalf of U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, myself, and my staff in the Office of Insular Affairs, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and the people of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on the passing of the late Pedro “Teno” Pangelinan Tenorio. He passed away on Monday, May 21, 2018, in the Northern Mariana Islands.
Governor Tenorio was no stranger to the federal family. His legacy is his many years of public service involving both the public and private sectors and conviction to advance the interests of his people. He has represented the people of the Northern Mariana Islands on many occasions, testifying before the U.S. Congress, meeting with various administration officials, and seeking support from numerous federal agencies in his quest to improve the lives of his people and protect his islands. His humility whilst carrying out his duties marks the character of a true statesman. His passing will be felt by the people of the Commonwealth as well as by the many friends and acquaintances who he met during his many visits to Washington, D.C. and throughout the United States.
May God bless and comfort the family of the late Pedro “Teno” Pangelinan Tenorio and the people of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands during this time of mourning.
Office of Insular Affairs