Northern Mariana Islands Senate
New session started
19th Legislature (Jan. 2015 - Jan. 2017)
Jude Hofschneider, R
since January 11, 2021
Vice President
Justo Quitugua, R
since January 11, 2021
Majority Leader
Vinnie Sablan, R
since January 11, 2021
Minority Leader
Paul Manglona, I
since February 10, 2016

The Northern Mariana Islands Senate is the upper house of the Northern Mariana Islands Commonwealth Legislature. The Senate consists of nine senators representing three senatorial districts (Saipan & the Northern Islands, Tinian & Aguijan, and Rota), each a multi-member constituency with three senators.

In the November 2007 elections, the three senators up for re-election were all re-elected to another four-year term in the 16th and 17th Senate. The Covenant Party, which lost control of the House, entered into coalition with the Democrats and a lone Independent over the Senate's leadership and voting agenda.

The CNMI Senate was controlled in 2016 by a Republican majority under Senate President Franciso Borja.[1]

Maria Frica Pangelinan was the first woman to serve in the Senate.[2]

Composition of the Senate

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority/plurality)
Republican Independent Democratic Covenant Vacant
End of 17th Legislature 4 4 0 1 9 0
Beginning of 18th Legislature 5 4 0 0 9 0
End of 18th Legislature 6 3
Beginning of 19th Legislature 7 2 0 0 9 0
End of 19th Legislature 6 3
20th Legislature 7 2 0 0 9 0
21st Legislature 6 3 0 0 9 0
22nd Legislature 5 3 1 0 9 0
Latest voting share 56% 33% 11%

Senators of the 21st Commonwealth Legislature

District Name Party
Victor Borja Hocog Republican
Paul Manglona Independent
Teresita Santos Republican
Karl King-Nabors Republican
Francisco Cruz Republican
Jude Hofschneider Republican
Edith Deleon Guerrero Democratic
Vinnie Sablan Independent
Justo Quitugua Independent

Past composition of the Senate

Main article: Political party strength in the Northern Mariana Islands

See also


  1. ^ "Borja is new Senate president". 4 January 2016.
  2. ^ Calindas, Marconi (2006-03-05). "'Women of power' meet Miss Teen beauties". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2009-07-17.