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Who Is Leon Guerrero? New Details On The First Female Governor Of Guam

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Who Is Leon Guerrero? New Details On The First Female Governor Of Guam
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She's a former nurse.

While polls were closing in the continental U.S. on Tuesday night, it was already morning in the U.S. territory of Guam. The very first election result for the 2018 General Election made history. Lourdes Aflague Leon Guerrero was elected the first female governor of the U.S. territory of Guam. Guerrero goes by "Lou" and is a Democrat. She will take office as Guam's new governor in January 2019 with Josh Tenoria as her Lieutenant Governor. Who is Leon Guerrero?

1. Her early years

Leon Guerrero was born in Guam. Her father, Jesus Sablan Leon Guerrero, founded the Bank of Guam. She attended the Academy of Our Lady of Guam High School. After she graduated she moved to Los Angeles for college. She earned her Bachelor's in Nursing in 1973 from California State University, Los Angeles and her Master's Degree in Public Health in 1979 from UCLA. 


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2. Her career

After college, Leon worked as a nurse at Santa Monica Hospital in California. She moved back to Guam in 1980 and took a job at Guam Memorial Hospital. She eventually became the assistant nursing director of the hospital. From 1990 to 1994 she worked as the Director of Operations at the Family Health Plan clinic. From 2007-2009, Guerrero attended the University of Washington's Pacific Coast Banking School. Upon graduation she succeeded her father and brother as the President of the Bank of Guam. She is also the CEO and Chairwoman of the Board of the Bank of Guam.


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3. Her political career

Guerrero first ran for political office in 1994 as a senator in the Guam Legislature. She took office in January 1995 and served in the 23rd, 24th, 26th, 27th, and 28th Guam Legislatures. She announced her run for Governor in February 2017. Guerrero and Tenoria got 18,081 votes, or approximately 50.7 percent of the total vote. Their main opponents received only 9,419 votes. The remaining 8,161 votes went to write-in candidates.

4. Margin of victory

In Guam, the governor's race is won by the person who receives 50% of the vote plus one vote. If a candidate fails to achieve that, a runoff election is scheduled. Leon won by a large enough margin that a runoff election will not be necessary. She will be the ninth elected governor of Guam. She is limited to two four year terms. Guam is located 4,000 miles west of Hawaii and has a population of about 160,000 people. She beat Republican incumbent, Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio by more than 8,600 votes.


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5. Her personal life

Lou is married to attorney Jeff Cook. The couple has two children, Joaquin and Mariana.

Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based freelance writer covering entertainment, pop culture, beauty, fashion, fitness, technology, and the intersection of technology, business, and philanthropy. She is deeply devoted to her chocolate Labrador and an avid long distance runner. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook.

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