Nitijela

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Honorable Speaker Kenneth A. Kedi
Speaker of Nitijela

Rolse & Functions of the Office of the Speaker

The Speaker is elected from the membership of the Nitijela by a simple majority. By contrast, the removal of the Speaker requires a 2/3 majority vote. The Speaker is the head of the Parliament. The most prominent of the Speaker's tasks is to preside over meetings of the Nitijela and to ensure that the official business of the Nitijela is conducted in compliance with the Constitution and the Rules of Procedures of the Nitijela.

The Speaker ensures that discipline and decorum is maintained throughout the conduct business of the Nitijela. All laws that have properly been passed by the Nitijela come into effect only on the date such laws receive certification by the Speaker.

In addition, the Speaker is responsible for formally appointing the President elect and Members of the Cabinet to Office. Whenever the Speaker is unable to carry out his or her duties, the Vice Speaker will assume such responsibilities.

Speakers' Profiles:

Current Speaker of Nitijela 

Honorable Speaker Kenneth A. Kedi

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PERSONAL
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CONSTITUENCY: 

EDUCATION
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SERVICE RECORD
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APPOINTMENT TO COMMITTEES/BOARDS:
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SPECIAL INTEREST/HOBBIES
 

6th Speaker of Nitijela (2012 to 2015)

Honorable Speaker Donald F Capelle

PERSONAL
Date of Birth: April 13, 1950
Place of Birth: Likiep Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Rosita Capelle 
Children: 3 children 
Nationality: Marshallese
Church Affiliation: Catholic
Language: English & Marshallese

CONSTITUENCY: Likiep Atoll

EDUCATION
               1998 - Certificate in Health Care Financing at Boston University, USA
1977 to 1978 - Legal Research, Civil Procedure I & II, Torts I & II, Contract I & II
                           Community Property & Real Property at Northwestern State University, College of Law, USA
1970 to 1974 - Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at University of Hawaii, USA
1960 to 1970 - Diploma at Thurston Senior High Springfield, Oregon, USA
1966 to 1969 - Marshall Islands High School, RMI
1964 to 1966 - Certificate at Likiep Elementary School, RMI
1955 to 1963 - Likiep Holy Rosary School, RMI
 
POST GRADUATE
Management for Senior Level Personnel in Government
Strategic Management and Budgeting
Personnel Management and Leadership
Government Leadership, USDA, 1991
 
SERVICE RECORD
2012 Present - Speaker of the Nitijela (Parliament)
2008 to 2012 - Member Elected to Nitijela from Likiep Atoll (Senator)
2004 to 2008 - Member of the Cabinet, Minister of Justice, Member Elected to Nitijela 
2002 to 2004 - Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, RMI
1992 to 2002 - Secretary of Health & Environment, Ministry of Health and 
1986 to 1992 - Secretary of Resources & Development, Ministry of Resources & 
1983 to 1986 - Chief Clerk of Nitijela (Parliament), Legislative Branch, RMI
1980 to 1983 - Assistant Legislative Counsel, Legislative Office for the Nitijela, RMI
1978 to 1980 - Translator/Interpreter, Nitijela, Legislative Branch, RMI
1975 to 1977 - Legal Counsel, Micronesia Legal Service Corporation (MLSC)
1974 to 1975 - Teacher at the Marshall Islands High School (MIHS)
 
APPOINTMENT TO BOARDS:
2012 to 2015 - Member & Chairman, Board of Governors, Pacific Islands Development Bank (PIDB)
2004 to 2007 - Vice Chairman, Board of Director, Micronesian Legal Service Corporation
1990 to 2004 - Chairman of the Board of Directors, Marshall Islands Development Bank 
2002 to 2004 - Chairman of the Board of Directors, Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority
2000 to 2003 - Chairman, Board of Directors, Marshall Islands Environmental Protection Agency
1995 to 1998 - Chairman, Assumption School Board
1987 to 1990 - Chairman of the Marshall Islands Scholarship and Loan Board
1986 to 1989 - Chairman, Foreign Investment Advisory Board
1985 to 2004 - Member, National Board of Education
 
SECIAL INTEREST/HOBBIES
Farming; especially planting of coconut trees & other eatable crops
Fishing;
Reading.

5th Speaker of Nitijela (2010 to 2011)

Honorable Speaker Alvin T Jacklick

PERSONAL
Date of Birth: August 3, 1949
Place of Birth: Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands
Marital Status: Available soon 
Spouse: Billa Anni
Children: Available soon
Nationality: Marshallese
Church Affiliation: Available soon
Language: English, Marshallese & Chuukese
 
CONSTITUENCY: Kwajalein Atoll

EDUCATION
1974 to 1977 - Bachelor of Arts & Political Science at University of Washington, USA
1970 to 1974 - Diploma at Mizpah High School, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)
1966 to 1970 - Certificate at Ebeye Christian Elementary School, RMI
1950 to 1954 - Catholic Elementary School, Likiep & Jaluit Atoll, RMI

SERVICE RECORD
Present - Elected Senator to Nitijela from Kwajalein Atoll
2012 to 2015 - Re-elected Senator to Nitijela from Jaluit Atoll
2009 to 2012 - Elected Speaker of Nitijela of RMI
2005 to 2008 - Re-elected Senator to Nitijela from Jaluit Atoll
                         - Minister of Health
2000 to 2004 - Re-elected Senator to Nitijela from Jaluit Atoll
                         - Minister of Health
                         - Minister of Foreign Affairs
1996 to 1999 - Re-elected Senator to Nitijela from Jaluit Atoll
1992 to 1995 - Elected Senator to Nitijela from Jaluit Atoll
                         - Elected Member of the 3rd Constitutional Convention from Kwajalein Atoll
1982 to 1992 - Elected Mayor of Kwajalein Atoll
 
SPECIAL INTEREST/ HOBBIES
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4th Speaker of Nitijela (2008 to 2009)

Late Honorable Speaker Iroijlaplap Jurelang Zedkaia

PERSONAL
Date of Birth: July 13, 1950
Place of Birth: Majuro Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands
Marital Status: Available soon 
Spouse: Hannah T Jurelang
Children: 7 children
Nationality: Marshallese
Church Affiliation: Available soon
Language: English &Marshallese 
 
CONSTITUENCY: Majuro Atoll
 
EDUCATION
1967 to 1969 - Diploma at Calvary Bible Institute, RMI
1966 to 1967 - 1 year at Marshall Islands High School
1957 to 1967 - Certificate of Completion at Assumption Elementary School
 
SERVICE RECORD
2012 to 2015 - Relected Senator to Nitijela from Majuro Atoll
2009 to 2011 - Elected President of the RMI
2008 to 2009 - Elected Speaker of Nitijela 
2000 to 2007 - Re-elected Senator to Nitijela from Majuro Atoll
????  to 1999 - Elected Vice Speaker of Nitijela
1993 to 1994 - Elected member of the Third Constitutional Convention in 1994 from Majuro Atoll
????  to 1992 - Elected Senator to Nitijela from Majuro Atoll
????  to 1990 - Elected member of the Second Constitutional Convention in 1990 from Majuro Atoll
????  to ????  - Elected & Appointed Executive Councilmember of Majuro Atoll Local Government
15 year service at the Pharmacy in the Health Services.
 
APPOINTMENTS TO COMMITTEES:
2012 to 2015 - Nitijela Standing Committee on Health Education & Social Affairs (HESA)
                    - Nitijela Standing Committee on Ways and Means (W&M)
 
SPECIAL INTEREST/HOBBIES
Fishing, bowling & singing

3rd Speaker of Nitijela (2000 to 2007)

Honorable Speaker Iroijlaplap Litokwa Tomeing

PERSONAL
Date of Birth: October 14, 1939
Place of Birth: Wotje Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands
Marital Status: Married               
Spouse: Arlin PhillipTomeing              
Children: 7 children                                   
Nationality: Marshallese
Church Affiliation: Unknown
Language: English & Marshallese
 
CONSTITUENCY: Wotje Atoll

EDUCATION
1970 to 1972 - University of Hawaii, USA
1975 to 1961 - PIC High School, Pohnpei, FSM
1954 to 1957 - Intermediate School
1950 to 1954 - Catholic Elementary School, Likiep & Jaluit Atoll, RMI

SERVICE RECORD
        Present - Re-elected Senator to Nitijela from Wotje Atoll
2012 to 2015 - Re-ected Senator to Nitijela from Wotje Atoll 
2008 to 2009 - Elected President of the RMI
                         - Served as Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific
2000 to 2008 - Elected Speaker of the Nitijela of the RMI
1996 to 1998 - Appointed Minister in Assistance to the President
1992 to 1995 - Elected Vice Speaker of the Nitijela of the RMI
                         - Elected Senator to the 1st Constitutional from Wotje Atoll
1977 to 1979 - Member at Large Representative from Ralik Chain to the 1st Constitution Convention
                         - Elected Delegate from Ebon, Namdrik, Kili and Jaluit to the Micronesian Constitutional Convention at Spain
1974 to 1978 - Elected Delegate from Ebon, Namdrik, Kili and Jaluit to the Marshall Islands District Legislature
1970 to 1974 - Media & Curriculum Specialist in the Dept. of Education
1968 to 1973 - Teacher of Wotja Elementary School 
1965 to 1968 - Teacher of Rita Elementary School on Majuro
1961 to 1964 - Principal/Teacher of Ebon Elementary School
 
SPECIAL INTEREST HOBBIES
Avocation; fishing; gardening; community services and organizer.

2nd Speaker of Nitijela (1988 to 1999)

Honorable Speaker Kessai H Note

PERSONAL
Date of Birth: August 7, 1950
Place of Birth: Airok Alinglaplap Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Mary Neimoj Yamamura Note
Children: 6 children
Nationality: Marshallese
Church Affiliation: Available soon
Language: English & Marshallese

CONSTITUENCY: Jabot Island

EDUCATION
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SERVICE RECORD
         Present - Re-elected Senator to Nitijela from Jabot Island
2012 to 2015 - Re-elected Senator to Nitijela from Jabot Island
2008 to 2011 - Re-elected Senator to Nitijela from Jabot Island
2004 to 2007 - Re-ected President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
2000 to 2003 - Elected the 3rd President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
1988 to 1999 - Elected Speaker of Nitijela
1986 to 1987 - Appointed Minister of Transportation & Communication 
1985 to 1986 - Appointed Minister of Internal Affairs
1979 to 1985 - Appointed Minister of Resources and Development
1977 to 1979 - Elected delegate to the Marshall Islands 1s Constitutional Convention & First elected Senator to Nitijela from Jabot Island.
    
SPECIAL INTEREST/HOBBIES
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1st Speaker of Nitijela (1979 to 1987)

Late Honorable Speaker Atlan Anien

PERSONAL
Date of Birth: January 17, 1920
Place of Birth: Namu Namu Atoll, RMI
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Risa Anien
Children: 2 children
Nationality: Marshallese
Church Affiliation: Protestant
Language: English & Marshallese

CONSTITUENCY: Namu Atoll

EDUCATION
1946 to 1960 - University of Hawaii, USA
1945 to 1946 - United Nation Navy Interpretor School, USA
1929 to 1935 - Jaluit Protestant Mission Elementary School, RMI

SERVICE RECORD
1969 to 1987 - 1st Elected Speaker of the Nitijela of RMI
1977 to 1978 - Elected Delegate to the 1st Constitutional Convention from Namu Atoll
1965 to 1969 - Elected Representative to the Congress of Micronesia
1960 to 1969 - Appointed Secretary, Congress of Marshall Islands
1957 to 1958 - Elected Speaker of House of Assembly
1953 to 1957 - Micronesian Self Government Conference
1953 to 1955 - Appointed Secretary, DUD Council
1950 to 1952 - Appointed Secretary, House of Assembly
1950 to 1955 - Superintendent of Elementary Education
1946 to 1949 - Elementary School Teacher

SPECIAL INTEREST/HOBBIES
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