ABOUT THE STATE OF POHNPEI
The State of Pohnpei is one of the four states that make up the Federated States of Micronesia, along with the states of Chuuk, Kosrae, and Yap. Pohnpei lies just east of Kosrae, which is the eastern-most island in the FSM.
Pohnpei island is the biggest island in the FSM and is circular in shape. Pohnpei has lush tropical forests, and beautiful waterfalls and rivers. It's famous landmarks are Sokehs Rock and the ancient ruins of Nan Madol. It has abundant marine resources especially in its outlying atolls.
Pohnpei State has its own constitutional
government with three co-equal branches of government consisting of
the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The Pohnpei
Constitution also upholds, respects, and protects the customs and traditions of the traditional kingdoms of Pohnpei. See, Art. 5 of the
The Executive Branch is headed by a Governor and Lt. Governor who appoint their own cabinet members and are primarily responsible for executing the laws and administering state government services. See, Art. 9 of the Pohnpei Constitution.
The legislative or law making power of the state is vested in the Pohnpei Legislature whose primary responsibility is to make the law and create state government programs. The Legislature is composed of 23 Senators who are elected by the voters of the electoral districts of Kapingamarangi, Mwokil, Ngetik, Nukuoro, Pingelap, Kolonia Town, Net, Uh, Kitti, Madolenihmw, Sokehs. See, Art. 8 of the Pohnpei Constitution.
The judicial power of the State is vested in the Pohnpei State Court and such inferior courts as may be created by law. The judiciary interprets the constitution and laws of the state. See, Art. 10 of the Pohnpei Constitution.
government leaders and
some key staff are as follows:
Governor: Hon. Marcello K. Peterson
Governor: Hon. Reed B. Oliver
Assistant: Joseph Saimon
General: Hon. Dana W. Smith
Generals: Monaliza Abello-Pangelinan, Esq.
Judah C. Johnny
Israel MellaDirector (Dir.),
Education: Hon. Churchil B. Edward
Dir., Health & Human Services:
Hon. Kapilly Cappelle
Dir., Land & Natural
Hon. Benito Cantero
Dir., Treasury &
Admin.: Hon. Felciano M. Perman
Dir., Resources & Dev.: Hon. Nicholson Solomom
Dir., State Election Commission Hon. Emilio Eperiam
Legislature: Hon. Fernando Scaliem
Vice Speaker, Pohnpei
Legislature: Hon. Nixon B. Soram
Hon. McGarry Miguel
R&D Committee: Hon. Aurelio P. Joab – Chairman
Hon. Adelino Edmund – Vice Chairman
H&SS Committee: Hon. Shelten G. Neth – Chairman
Hon. Brian Etscheit – Vice Chairman
J&GO Committee: Hon. Naiten O. Phillip – Chairman
Hon. Dahker D. Daniel – Vice Chairman
PWT&C Committee: Hon. Daniel S. Isaac – Chairman
Hon. Stanley S. Etse – Vice Chairman
E&CA Committee: Hon. Sendilina Lekka – Chairperson
Hon. Maskie A. Jim – Vice Chairman
Land Committee: Hon. Marvin Yamaguchi – Chairman
Hon. Lino M. Amor – Vice Chairman
Finance Committee: Hon. Alpino Kerman – Chairman
Hon. Salter Loyola – Vice Chairman
Members: Hon. Ausen T. Lambert
Hon. Edgar W. Lickaneth
Hon. Francisco L. Ioanis
Hon. Naiten O. Phillip
Hon. Peter M. Lohn
Hon. Salter Loyola
Hon. Stevick Edwin
Thomas Beckmann, Esq.
Justice: Hon. Nelson A. Joseph
Nickontro W. Johnny
Hon. Mayceleen JD Anson
Erwine Hadley Nanpei
Eneriko M. Ekiek
Chief Clerk of
Courts: Anstain Ioanis
Principal Judge: Hon. Gusto Ligor
Hon. Neives G. Pelep
Administrative Officer: Benjamin Ekiek
Asst. Public Defender: Timoci Romanu
Atty.: Salomon M. Saimon, Esq.
Atty.: Danally Daniel, Esq.
Public Auditor: Hon.
For more visitor information on Pohnpei visit the Pohnpei page on the FSM Visitors Board web site.