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. John
Governor: Hon. Churchill Edward
Assistant: Hon. Ihlen Joseph
General: Hon. Scott Garvey, Esq.
Mona Lisa Pangelinan, Esq.
Education: Hon. Joseph Villazon
Hon. Dr. Elizabeth Keller
Dir., Land & Natural
Resources: Hon. Yosuo Phillip
Hon. Lucas Carlos
Dir., Treasury &
Admin.: Hon. Thomas Pablo
Legislature: Hon. Nelson
Vice Speaker, Pohnpei
Hon. Berney Martin
Hon. Fernando Scaliem
Mr. Charles Johnson
Mr. Tom Beckmann, Esq.
Justice: Hon. Benjamin F. Rodriguez
Nelson A. Joseph
Hon. Yoster Carl
Hon. Nickontro Johnny
Counsel: Ms. Beauleen Carl Worswick
Chief Clerk of
Courts [Acting]: Mr. Leon Felix
Principal Judge: Hon. Tadasy
Hon. Neives G. Pelep
Hon. Gusto Ligor
Administrative Officer: Mr. Goodwin
Public Defender: Mr. Timoci Romanu
Atty.: Mr. Tino Donre, Esq.
Atty.: Mr. Martin Mix, Esq.
For more visitor information on Pohnpei visit the Pohnpei page on the FSM Visitors Board web site.