This is the first time that the Senate leadership, which also includes Felix Mendiola
, Covenant-Rota, and Maria Frica Pangelinan, D-Saipan, will not be dominated by the Republican Party.
We asked them to work with us and we're going to work with them to ensure that the agenda of improving the economy of the CNMI moves forward," said Mendiola
said the Senate's main goal now is to help the incoming Fitial administration accomplish its task of revitalizing the local economy by enticing more investors to the islands.
told reporters the nine senators will meet today to discuss assignments to the nine committees in the Senate.
The committees are: public utilities, transportation & communications; rules & procedures; youth affairs; fiscal affairs; resources economic development & programs; judiciary, government & law; executive appointments & governmental investigations; health, education, welfare & programs; and federal relations & independent agencies. During the 14th Legislature, Mendiola, then a freshman senator, was assigned to chair the fiscal affairs committee.
The incoming Senate president said he
is honored to have been given the opportunity.