Madeleine Bordallo

Born:May 31, 1933 (age 87)
Career:U.S. Representative for Guam, 2003-2019
Lieutenant governor of Guam, 1994-2002
Guam state senator, 1978-1983
First Lady of Guam, 1975-1978 and 1983-1986
Education:St. Mary's College
St. Catherine University

Madeleine Z. Bordallo served as the delegate from U.S. territory of Guam to the U.S. House of Representatives from 2003 to 2019, the first woman to represent Guam in Congress. She lost her 2018 re-election bid in the Democratic primary.

Bordallo was born in Graceville, Minnesota, on May 31, 1933, and moved to Guam after her father took a job with the Guam Department of Education. In the 1950s and 1960s, she worked for radio and television broadcaster KUAM, an NBC affiliate that was the first television station in Guam. She was introduced to public service through her husband Ricky, who served as governor of Guam from 1975 to 1978 and again from 1983 to 1986. As first lady, she was a strong advocate of promoting the indigenous Chamorro culture and the arts, both of which are lifelong passions.

Between her husband's two terms as governor, Bordallo became the first woman from the Democratic Party to serve as a Guam senator. After Governor Bordallo passed away in 1990, Bordallo ran for governor and won the nomination of the Democratic Party. Although she was not successful in the general election in 1990, in 1994 she teamed up with then-Senator Carl Gutierrez and was elected as Guam's first woman lieutenant governor. She served two consecutive terms as lieutenant governor, during which she championed the cause of island beautification as a way to enhance Guam's tourism-based economy.

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