Rios to bring analytical skills to bear


Acting Commerce secretary Joseph Rios. (FERDIE DE LA TIORRE)

The newly appointed secretary for the Department of Commerce, Joseph Santos Rios Jr., said last week that he will bring analytical skills best suited to deal with business and economic activities, regulations, and responsible adaptation to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

“It is no secret that the CNMI is experiencing dark days ahead, and during times of hardships and uncertainties comes adaptation and innovative ideas,” said Rios in a statement.

Rios was among the appointees to the Cabinet that Gov. Arnold I. Palacios and Lt. Gov. David M. Apatang introduced to the media and public during a press conference Wednesday afternoon. His appointment requires the Senate’s consent. Until then, he is the Commerce secretary in an acting capacity.

Rios has a bachelor’s degree in Business with a major in International Business at Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii, Manoa. He acquired a law degree or juris doctor from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law in Michigan.

Rios previously worked in the legal field as a prosecutor at Thurston County in Olympia, the capital city of Washington State.

He assisted the elderlies in the state of Michigan who sought justice against those who took advantage over their affairs and livelihood.

At present, Rios runs a family business in Garapan. His wife is Sen. Corina L. Magofna (Ind-Saipan).

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at
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