Leon Guerrero backs Tydingco Gatewood's renomination

Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero has expressed support for the renomination of Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood to the District Court of Guam.

Tydingco-Gatewood, who was first appointed to the position in 2006, has been serving in a holdover capacity since her term expired in 2017. She was renominated on May 18, 2016, by President Barack Obama to another 10-year term on the court. On Jan. 3, 2017, her nomination was returned to the president at the sine die adjournment of the 114th Congress.

“A daughter of Guam, Frances is the first woman of CHamoru and Micronesian descent to serve as a Federal Judge,” Leon Guerrero said in a letter to President Joe Biden.

“I believe Frances's judicial service has been exemplary enough to receive favorable consideration of re-appointment by you for the people of Guam, and I humbly recommend that Frances Tydingco-Gatewood be re-appointed to serve as the Chief District Judge for the District Court of Guam,” the governor added.


Earlier nominated to the federal court position was Judge Maria Cenzon. However, the congress adjourned without acting on her appointment.

Leon Guerrero did not endorse Cenzon.

Also earlier considered for the position were Deputy U.S. Attorney Mikel Schwab and Arthur Clark, former legal counsel to former Gov. Eddie Calvo

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