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         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 Pohnpei Constitution.
         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.

         The state government leaders and some key staff are as follows:
    Governor:   Hon. Marcello K. Peterson
    Lt. Governor:   Hon. Reed B. Oliver
    Special Assistant: 
    Attorney General:   Hon. Dana W. Smith
    Assistant Attorney Generals:  Monaliza Abello-Pangelinan, Esq.
                                                             Judah C. Johnny
    Director (Dir.), Education:   Hon. Churchil B. Edward
    Dir., Health & Human Services:   Hon. Kapilly Capelle
    Dir., Land & Natural Resources:   [Vacant]
    Dir., Public Safety:   Hon. Benito Cantero
    Dir., Treasury & Admin.:  Hon. Felciano M. Perman
    Dir., Resources & Dev.:   Hon. Nicholson Solomom
    Dir., State Election Commission  Hon. Emilio Eperiam
    Speaker, Pohnpei Legislature:   Hon. Fernando Scaliem
    Vice Speaker, Pohnpei Legislature:   Hon. Nixon B. Soram
    Floor Leader:   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. Stevick Edwin
    Legislative Clerk:  Charles Johnson
    Legislative Counsel:  Thomas Beckmann, Esq.
    State Supreme Court Chief Justice:   Hon. Nelson A. Joseph
    Associate Justices:
          Hon. Nickontro W. Johnny
          Hon. Mayceleen JD Anson
          Hon. Erwine Hadley Nanpei
          Hon. Eneriko M. Ekiek
    Legal Counsel:  
    Chief Clerk of Courts:  Anstain Ioanis
    Court of Land Tenure
        Principal Judge:  Hon. Gusto Ligor
        Associate Judges:
              Hon. Neives G. Pelep
        Administrative Officer:  Benjamin Ekiek
    Other Agencies/Organizations
    Asst. Public Defender:  Timoci Romanu
    MLSC, Dir. Atty.: 
    MLSC, Staff Atty.:  Danally Daniel, Esq.
    Public Auditor:  Hon. Ihlen Joseph 

    For more visitor information on Pohnpei visit the Pohnpei page on the FSM Visitors Board web site.