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Hon. Ricardo J. Bordallo

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  • Member
    Popular Party


  • George Washington High School
  • University of San Francisco
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Governor Ricardo J. Bordallo | Guampedia: The Encyclopedia of Guam, 16 Nov 2009 [cached]
Governor Ricardo J. Bordallo Governor Ricardo J. Bordallo | Guampedia: The Encyclopedia of Guam
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Ricardo Jerome Bordallo (December 11, 1927 - January 31, 1990) was the first popularly elected governor to serve two terms (1975-1978 and 1983-1986). Gov. Carlos Camacho had also served two terms though one was an appointed and the other elected. A pioneer of the Guam Democratic Party, Bordallo fought for Guam commonwealth status and invested heavily in modernizing Guam infrastructure. He had also served as chairman of the Popular Party when it sought and received affiliation with the National Democratic Party.
A son of Hagåtña, Bordallo began his education at the Guam Institute. In 1940, he attended George Washington High School until it was closed due to the Japanese invasion of Guam in 1941. Bordallo enrolled at the University of San Francisco after the war with aspirations of becoming a businessman and politician like his father B.J. Bordallo. After three years of university, Bordallo returned to Guam to take a position at the family company, Bordallo Consolidated.
Bordallo made his first bid for public office in 1952 at the age of 24. At the time local law required that office holders be at least 25 years old. Bordallo argued successfully that he would be 25 before taking office if he was elected. He was the first to campaign with posters with his photo and handouts with his platform and experience. He lost his first and second campaigns, but won a seat in 1956.
In 1953, Bordallo married future delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives Madeline Mary Zeien and refocused on his business aspirations.
Bordallo was a businessman and a member of many civic organizations. He led the Marianas Lions Club as well as Ricky's Suburban Club, the Guam Chamber of Commerce, the American Red Cross, the Navy League of Guam and the Air Force Association of Guam.
Bordallo owned Ricky's Auto Company, which was the first American distributor for Toyota on Guam. The auto company eventually grew into Ricky's Enterprises and at its height was valued at $25 million. He had a hand in many different aspects of business life on Guam including finance, publishing, housing, real estate, insurance and tourism.
Failed real estate deals combined with the Oil Crisis in the early 1970's marked the beginning of a financial decline for Bordallo. His ambitious plan to build a huge resort in Chalan Pago/Yona in partnership with two large Japanese corporations came to a halt when his partners pulled out of the deal and left Bordallo owing millions for land transactions. This occurred between his unsuccessful bid for Guam's first elected governor election in 1970 and his gubernatorial election victory in 1974.
Political assent
Undeterred by his loss in 1952 for a seat in the Guam Legislature, Bordallo ran for office again in 1954 and 1956. As a member of the Popular Party, the precursor to the Democratic Party, Bordallo won a senate seat. By the time he ended his legislative career he would win re-election seven times, serving in the fourth through tenth Guam Legislatures. In 1958, he became chairman of the Popular Party and from 1960-1961 became the first chairman for the newly formed Democratic Party. Highlights from this period include his involvement in helping create Guam's Washington Office and the Elective Governorship Act of 1968, which allowed for the first time governor elections voted on by Guam residents.
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Bordallo and running mate Richard F. Taitano won the first Democratic nomination for governor in 1970.
In 1973 Bordallo along with running mate Rudolph Sablan and under the guidance of Richard F. Taitano, who was then campaign manager, easily won the democratic nomination in 1974.
The divide was enough for Bordallo to take office.
Bordallo came into power during a recession, due in large part to the Arab oil embargo of 1973. The early part of his governorship was spent dealing with internal problems such as a tourism slump, necessary government budget cuts and the short term influx of 100,000 evacuees from Vietnam following the Vietnam War.
Super typhoon Pamela struck in 1976 leaving the island in tatters. Afterwards Bordallo was successful in securing $367 million for typhoon reconstruction, capital improvement projects and Government of Guam investments. A new building was secured for Guam Memorial Hospital. Tourism development at Tumon Bay began, including new water and sewer lines, sewage treatment plants and new water reservoirs and wells. Transportation was aided by the addition of twenty new miles of highways and eight replaced bridges.
Bordallo lost his reelection bid to the Republican team of Paul Calvo and Joseph Ada in 1978 amidst a spike in the Government of Guam deficit.
In 1978, with a new lieutenant governor running mate, Dr. Pedro Sanchez, an educator and historian, Bordallo ran for re-election but lost.
During his second term, Bordallo chaired the Commission for Self-Determination and spearheaded the drafting of the Guam Commonwealth Act developed by June 4, 1986. He addressed Guam's education problems with his 1983 "Blueprint for Excellence" and handled the accreditation status of the University of Guam. Controversy met his construction of the Adelup administration facility, now named in his honor, though the former school had been closed due to the poor condition of the building. Critics questioned the necessity of spending $1.2 million on his "jewel of the Pacific" during tight economic times.
Conviction and suicide
Three days before Bordallo was scheduled to face legislative Speaker Carl T.C. Gutierrez in the 1986 Guam Democratic Party primary, he was summoned by a federal grand jury on September 3, 1986 and indicted on eleven counts of corruption. He lost the election and on February 13, 1987, Bordallo was found guilty on ten of seventeen counts of extortion, bribery or gratuity, conspiracy and witness tampering. The 9th Circuit overturned eight of the remaining ten convictions in August 1988. Only the convictions on witness tampering and conspiracy to obstruction of justice remained.
Bordallo continued to be involved in politics during this period, focusing his energies on campaigning for approval of the Draft Guam Commonwealth Act and the fight against casino gambling on the island.
After a failed appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, Bordallo faced a four-year sentence in a federal minimum-security prison beginning on February 1, 1990. Three hours before he was to fly to California, Bordallo drove to the Chief Kepuha (also spelled Quipuha) statue at the Paseo Loop. He set up hand made placards that lamented the fractured state of Chamorro control of Guam and reaffirmed his love of the island. He laid out a Guam flag on the ground in front of him and committed suicide with a .38 caliber pistol.
"Bordallo Known as Dreamer, Builder: Lived Life of Triumph and Loss. Pacific Daily News, February 1, 1990.
"A Tribute to Governor Ricardo Jerome Bordallo. Commemorative Ceremony, Ricardo J. Bordallo Governor's Complex, Adelup, GU, January 31, 1997.
How to cite this entry: Nicholas Yamashita Quinata, ' Governor Ricardo J. Bordallo', referenced December 31, 2011, © 2009 Guampedia™, URL:
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In 1983, Governor Ricardo Bordallo appointed her as Director of Education, a position she held for 56 months. After her appointment, she continued as the chairperson of the Board of Education for three years. She was known for her "no nonsense, tough yet compassionate, practical and charismatic leadership.
Throughout her life, Nelson received numerous awards and accolades, including recognition from the Guam Women's Club for Outstanding Accomplishments; a Resolution for Outstanding Accomplishments by the Territorial Board of Education; Recognition by the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) for Outstanding Leadership and Support; and the Chief Quipuha Award by the late Honorable Ricardo J. Bordallo.
Bordallo, Madeleine Z. "Honoring the Life and Service of Gloria Camacho Borja Nelson.
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Her husband, Ricardo J. Bordallo, a businessman and a senator at the Guam Legislature, was elected Governor of Guam in 1975 and 1983, making Madeleine first lady of Guam from 1975 to 1979, and again from 1983 to 1987.
Bordallo was also a past President of the Federation of Asia Pacific Women's Associations (FAWA) and has held dozens of leadership roles in other community organizations throughout her life.
Between her husband's two terms as governor, Bordallo became a senator herself. She was a member of the 16th, 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd Guam Legislatures.
During the 1988 US presidential election, Bordallo was a member of Guam's uncommitted delegation to the 1988 Democratic National Convention.
Bordallo was an unsuccessful candidate for governor of Guam, following the death of her husband in 1990.
In 2002 as congressional Delegate Robert Underwood vacated his seat and ran for governor, Bordallo campaigned for and was elected as a Democrat to the House of Representatives, serving from January 2003 to the present.
As Guam's delegate, Bordallo is one of six non-voting delegates to the House of Representatives (the others being from American Samoa, Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the US Virgin Islands). While in Congress, she has devoted herself to economic issues and has helped to pass legislation that aids small businesses on Guam. She has also been involved in military and environmental issues.
According to the US Congressional website, Bordallo serves on two committees in the House-the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Natural Resources. She was appointed the Ranking Democrat of the Subcommittee on Readiness in the House Armed Services Committee for the 112th Congress, and has been reappointed for the 113th Congress. She is also a member of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel. In the House Committee on Natural Resources, Bordallo sits on the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs as well as the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation.
In addition to her committee responsibilities, Bordallo serves as the vice-chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). She is also the co-chair of the Congressional China Caucus and a member of the US Philippines Friendship Caucus, the Korean Caucus, the Army Caucus, the Navy/Marine Corps Caucus, the National Guard and Reserve Component Caucus, the Travel and Tourism Caucus, the Women's Caucus, the Taiwan Caucus, the Long Range Strike Caucus, and the Wounded to Work Caucus.
During her years in Congress, Bordallo has advocated on behalf of Guam's survivors of World War II to receive war reparations. She has also worked on issues such as increasing compact-impact funding for Guam, expanding the CNMI-Guam visa waiver for Chinese and Russian tourists, and resolving concerns with the proposed military buildup.
Self-Determination for Guam
Bordallo has also expressed a desire to resolve the issue of self-determination for Guam. In a recent Congressional address in May 2013, Bordallo stated that,
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