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    ABOUT THE STATE OF CHUUK

         The State of Chuuk is one of the four states that make up the Federated States of of Micronesia, along with the states of Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap.  Chuuk is the state with the largest population with about 53,000 people, with more than 40,000 of those living on the larger islands in the main lagoon.
         Chuuk is located about 1,000 kilometers southeast of Guam.  Chuuk consists of 11 high mangrove-fringed islands in the Chuuk lagoon, and a series of 14 outlying atolls and low islands surrounding the lagoon.  The main islands, Weno, Tonoas, Uman, and Fefan are located in the main lagoon.
         Chuuk lagoon is one of the world's best and most well known wreck diving sites, as there were dozens of Japanese warships and aircraft sunk in the lagoon during World War II.
         Chuuk State has its own constitutional government with three co-equal branches of government consisting of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
        The Governor and Lieutenant Governor are the leaders of the Executive Branch and have the primary duty of executing the laws and administering state government services.  See, Art. VI of the Chuuk Constitution.
         The legislative or law making power of the state is vested in the Legislature, which consists of two houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives.  This power extends to all rightful subjects of legislation not inconsistent with the Chuuk Constitution or the Constitution of the Federated States of Micronesia.
         The Senate consists of 10 members, with the President of the Senate as its highest officer.  The House of Representatives consists of 28 members, with the Speaker as it's highest officer. See, Art. V of the Chuuk Constitution.
        The Chuuk State Supreme Court has constitutional jurisdiction to review the actions of any state administrative agency, and decide all relevant questions of law, interpret constitutional and statutory provisions and determine the meaning or applicability of the terms of an agency action.  See, Art. VII of the Chuuk Constitution.
         The top state leaders and some key staff are as follows:
     
    Executive Branch
    Governor: Hon. Johnson Elimo
    Lt. Governor: Hon. Mark Mailo
    Chief of Staff: Mr. Ignasio Stephen
    Special Assistance, Legislative Affairs: Mr. Harris Rain
    Spec. Asst., Soc. Affairs: Mr. Mondale Tim
    Attorney General: Sabino Asor, Esq.
    Director, Administrative Services: Hon. Jesse Mori
    Director, Agriculture: Hon. Kandito Kanas
    Director, Education: Hon. Graceful Enlet
    Deputy Director, Education: Mr. Alvios William
    Dirctor, Health Services: Hon. Julio Marar
    Direcor, Transportation/Public Works: Hon. Tosh Nakayama
    Deputy Director, Transportation/Public Works: Mr. Season Jacky
    Director, Marine Resources: Hon. Curtis Graham
    Director, Public Safety: Hon. Kerson Rizal
    Disaster Office: Mr. Wilfred Robert
    Election Commission: Mr. Antasio Bisek
    Land Commission: Mr. Sowas Simina
    Visitors Authority: Mr. Douglas Marar

    Legislature Branch
    HOUSE OF SENATE
    President, Senate: Hon. Isiro Choram
    Vice President, Senate: Hon. Nelson Stephen
    Floor Leader: Hon. Esly Kanto
    Region No.1 Northern Namoneas
    Hon. Wisney Nakayama, Chairman, J&GO Committee:
    Hon.Sekap Esah, Chairman Transportation Committee
    Region No.2 Southern Namoneas
    Hon. Nelson Stephen
    Hon. Gardenia Aisek
    Region No.3 Faichuk
    Hon. Arno Kony, Chairman Finance Committee
    Hon. Esly Kanto
    Region No.4 Mortlocks
    Hon. Isiro Choram
    Hon. Andrel Cheche Yamamoto
    Region No.5 Northwest
    Hon. Atanasio Hetiback, Chairman R & D Committee
    Hon. Ruphin Mickey
    HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE 15th CHUUK STATE LEGISLATURE
    Speaker: Hon. Innocente I. Oneisom
    Vice Speaker: Hon. Asaichy Sana
    Floor Leader: Hon. Daniel Mersai
    Representative District No. 1 Northern Namoneas Region (Weno)
    Hon. Johnny Robert
    Hon. Keswick Mathus
    Hon. Jessy Petewen William
    Hon. Sephet William
    Hon. Junior Nomau
    Representative District No. 2 Southern Namoneas Region (Tonoas)
    Hon. Innocente Oneisom
    Hon. Hadley Ampon Francis
    Representative District No. 3
    Hon. Daniel Mersa
    Hon. Narciso Sebastian
    Hon. Benjamin Francis
    Representative District No. 4
    Madam Shining M. Sos
    Hon. Ignacio Santos
    Representative District No. 5 Nomwunsefo Region
    Hon. Lukas Toyo Mori
    Hon. Jeffry J. Irons
    Representative District No. 6 PPO Region
    Hon. Kenruo Nero
    Hon. Enepo Mwokut William
    Representative District No. 7 Faichuk Region (Tol)
    Hon. Karson Billy
    Hon. Junior Clemente
    Hon. Patrick Puriom Aitaro
    Representative District No. 8 Upper Mortlocks (Lukeisel)
    Hon. Asaichy Sana
    Hon. Richiosy Pangas Chipen
    Representative District No. 9 Mid Mortlocks
    Hon. Kipper Lippwe
    Representative District No. 10 Lower Mortlocks
    Hon. Inos Walter
    Hon. Rerat William
    Representative District No. 11 Paafeng
    Hon. Willie Wita
    Representative District No. 12 Weito
    Hon. Celestine Kaliga
    Representative District No. 13 Paatiw
    Hon. Andrew May
    Legislative Counsel: Mr. Tuiloma Eliesa
    Chief Clerk, Senate: Ms. Songkinita Bossy
    Chief Clerk House Representative: Mr. Florence P. Stanley

    Judiciary Branch
    Chief Justice: Hon. Repeat Samuel
    Associate Justices: Hon. Kerio Wallaby
    Hon. Midasy O. Aisek
    [VACANT]
    Hon. Jayson Robert
    Director of Administration: Mr. Isauo Kuena
    Chief Clerk of Courts: Mrs. Masiko Sipenuk
    Appellate Clerk of Courts: Ms. Joanne Nakamura
    State Sup. Ct. Attorney: [VACANT]

    Other Agencies/Organizations
    Public Defender: Bethwel O'Sonis, Esq.
    MLSC, Directing Attorney: Daniel Rescue Jr., Esq.
    MLSC, Trial Counselors: Mr. Pastor Suzuki
    Mr. Fanes Meika
    Ms. Jane Iwo
    Public Auditor: Mr. Manuel "Manny" L. San Jose Jr.