Carlos S. Camacho

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This article discusses the former Northern Mariana Islands governor. For the former Guam governor, see Carlos Camacho. For the Colombian actor, see Carlos Camacho (actor).
Carlos Camacho
Carlos Sablan Camacho.jpg
1st Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
In office
January 9, 1978 – January 11, 1982
LieutenantFrancisco Ada
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPedro Tenorio
Personal details
Carlos Sablan Camacho

(1937-02-27) February 27, 1937 (age 82)
Saipan, Mariana Islands, South Pacific Mandate
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Lourdes Camacho[1]
EducationFiji School of Medicine (MBBS)
University of Hawaii, Manoa (MPH)

Carlos Sablan Camacho (born February 27, 1937) was the first Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a commonwealth of the United States.


Camacho was born on Saipan. He attended the Fiji School of Medicine and the University of Hawaii. He practiced medicine until 1967, when he was elected to the Congress of Micronesia. He served as the Pacific islands' chief medical officer of public health from 1969 to 1977. He was also president of the Saipan Democratic Party from 1975 to 1977. In 1976, he was appointed to the Northern Marianas Constitutional Convention.[2]


Camacho, a Democrat, was elected the first governor of that new territory in 1977. He served a single term from 1978 to 1982, when he was succeeded by a Republican, Pedro Tenorio.

Taisacan v. Camacho[edit]

In 1980, the CNMI legislature passed a budget that would have appropriated over $1.5 million in federal money for capital improvements on the island of Rota. Camacho vetoed this portion of the budget, calling it excessive and inequitable.[citation needed] Leon Taisacan, a Rota resident, then sued Camacho, claiming that his veto violated the terms of the Covenant between the United States and the CNMI.[citation needed] A district court granted summary judgement in favor of Camacho, and then the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit dismissed the lawsuit on the grounds that Taisacan did not have standing to sue, as he was not specifically injured by the veto.[3]


  1. ^ Casas, Gemma Q. (March 11, 2010). "Former Lt. Governor Ada laid to rest". Marianas Variety News & Views. Retrieved March 12, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Lal, Brij V.; Kate Fortune (2000). "Carlos Sablan Camacho". The Pacific Islands: An Encyclopedia. University of Hawaii Press. p. 294.
  3. ^ "660 F2d 411 Taisacan v. S Camacho". OpenJurist. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
Party political offices
First Democratic nominee for Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
1977, 1981, 1985
Succeeded by
Froilan Tenorio
Political offices
New office Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands
Succeeded by
Pedro Tenorio