About

Meet Kilili

Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan is the first and only delegate to have represented the people of the Northern Mariana Islands in the U.S. Congress. He began service on January 6, 2009 and has been re-elected to office four times.

After he took office in 2009, he immediately had a sign installed on the door: “This office belongs to the people of the Northern Mariana Islands.” It serves as a daily reminder to Kilili and his staff who they work for and what they are working toward.

Now on his fifth term, Kilili has gained the seniority that is so vital in Congress. Seniority qualifies him for leadership positions and gives him the clout necessary to better serve his constituents. He is currently the top-ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. He also serves on the Committee on Natural Resources.

"After he took office on Jan. 6, 2009, he immediately had a sign installed on the door: “This office belongs to the people of the Northern Mariana Islands.” It serves as a daily reminder to Kilili and his staff who they work for and what they are working toward."

Humble Beginnings

Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan was born on Saipan on Jan. 19, 1955 to Jesus Diaz Sablan and Victorina Camacho Sablan. He is the only son in a family of seven children. At the age of 11, Kilili moved to Chuuk to attend Xavier High School, where he was the only Chamorro boarding student. Life in the Jesuit-run high school taught him to be tenacious and adaptable to any situation and the rigorous Jesuit education has served him well throughout his career.

He returned to Marianas High School, graduating at the age of 16. During his high school years he worked cleaning a store in the morning and a bank at night. He next attended the University of Guam and then went on to the University of California in Berkeley. Kilili had to leave school without completing his degree, however, and return home after his father lost his job when Bank of America’s Saipan operations was sold to Bank of Guam.

Kilili is married to Andrea C. Sablan, and has six children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Public Service Experience

Kilili began his legislative career in the 3rd Northern Mariana Islands Legislature. While there, he was appointed as one of the Governor’s Special Representatives to funding negotiations – 702 talks – with the U.S. Department of the Interior. He and his colleagues secured tens of millions of dollars in federal assistance in a rare “front-end load” arrangement that immediately brought federal money to the Northern Marianas.

After two legislative terms, Congressman Kilili was accepted into a congressional fellowship program and was appointed as a Special Assistant to United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI). After completing his appointment with Senator Inouye in Washington, Kilili attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

He returned to Saipan and served as a Special Assistant for Management and Budget in the administration of Governor Froilan C. Tenorio administration and for a brief period in the administration of Governor Pedro P. Tenorio. The Governor appointed Kilili to be Executive Director of the Commonwealth Election Commission, a position he discharged with transparency, accountability, and impartiality for more than 10 years.

Returning to electoral politics, in November 2008 Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan became the Northern Mariana Islands first Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating eight other candidates. He is also the only Chamorro and only Micronesian member of the U.S. Congress.

Committee on Education and the Workforce

  • Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions (Ranking Member)
  • Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development

Committee on Natural Resources

  • Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs
  • Subcommittee Water, Power and Oceans

After he took office in 2009, he immediately had a sign installed on the door: “This office belongs to the people of the Northern Mariana Islands.” It serves as a daily reminder to Kilili and his staff who they work for and what they are working toward.

Now on his fifth term, Kilili has gained the seniority that is so vital in Congress. Seniority qualifies him for leadership positions he is currently the top-ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee and gives him the clout necessary to better serve his constituents.

  • Democratic Caucus

  • Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)

  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC)

  • American Citizens Abroad Caucus

  • Bi-Partisan Disabilities Caucus
   
  • Coalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
  • Community College Caucus

  • Congressional Caucus to End Bullying
  • Congressional Arts Caucus
  • Congressional Career & Technical Education Caucus
  • Congressional Caucus on Central Asia
  • Congressional Children’s Caucus
  • Congressional Children’s Health Care Caucus
  • Congressional Correctional Officers Caucus
  • Congressional Diabetes Caucus
  • Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus
  • Congressional E-Learning Caucus
  • Congressional Green School Caucus
  • Congressional Human Trafficking Caucus
  • Congressional Humanities Caucus
  • Congressional Internet Caucus
  • Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus
  • Congressional Military Family Caucus

  • Congressional National Parks Caucus
  • Congressional Native American Caucus
  • Congressional Nursing Caucus
  • Congressional Out of Poverty Caucus
  • Congressional Pediatric Cancer Caucus
  • Congressional PORTS Caucus
  • Congressional Rural Caucus
  • Congressional School Health and Safety Caucus
  • Congressional Service Caucus
  • Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Education Caucus
  • Congressional Social Work Caucus
  • Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
  • Congressional Transparency Caucus
  • Congressional TRIO Caucus
  • Congressional Victim’s Rights Caucus
  • Congressional Wildlife Refuges Caucus
  • Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus
  • Friends of New Zealand Congressional Caucus
  • General Aviation Caucus
  • House Adult Literacy Caucus
  • House Army Caucus
  • House Marine Sanctuary Caucus
  • House Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucus
  • International Conservation Caucus
  • Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus
  • Military Veterans Caucus
  • National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
  • Religious Minorities in the Middle East Caucus
  • Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
  • US-Philippine Friendship Caucus
  • US-China Working Group