Guam mourns the passing of former Speaker Joe T. San Agustin, who passed away today. He was 91. San Agustin served as speaker in the 20th, 21st and 22nd Guam Legislatures and senator in the Guam Legislature for 10 consecutive terms.
He was married to Carmen Shimizu and they had five children, including their many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His son Joe Shimizu San Agustin is now a senator from the 34th and 35th Guam Legislature.
He also served as chairman of the Democratic Party of Guam from 1997 to 2001.
"Speaker San Agustin lived a life dedicated to faith, politics, and serving the people of Guam," Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said.
As the speaker of the Guam Legislature and executive director of the Guam Base Reuse and Closure (BRAC) Office, he was instrumental in shepherding the return and reuse of Tiyan.
San Agustin was also director of Administration to Gov. Manuel FL Guerrero, the last appointed governor, and Gov. Carlos Camacho, the first elected governor.
In the Guam Legislature, he focused on protecting public finances and economic development.
Speaker San Agustin was a staunch defender of the Government of Guam Retirement Fund and served as the chairman of its elected board. Our island lost a great advocate today.