Madeleine Mary Zeien Bordallo (born May 31, 1933) is the Delegate from Guam to the United States House of Representatives.
She was the first woman ever to serve as Guam's Delegate, Guam's first female Lieutenant Governor (served 1995-2002), Guam's first female candidate for Governor (1990 election), and the first Democratic woman elected to the Legislature of Guam. Her 1990 campaign also made her the first non-Chamorro gubernatorial candidate in Guam. As the wife of Ricky Bordallo, she was also the First Lady of Guam from 1975–1978 and 1983-1986.
Madeleine Mary Zeien was born in Graceville, Minnesota to a military family and grew up on Guam after her father was stationed there. She attended St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana and the College of St. ...
Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo and Governor Eddie Baza Calvo today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has awarded the Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) $12,701,302 in Federal grant assistance.
U.S. EPA awarded GWA $11,151,302 in technical assistance to support the development of institutional capacity for Capital Improvement Projects. The funding will assist GWA to implement projects from a list of priorities to be approved by the Guam Environmental Protection Agency to address human health and the environment. The projects will focus specifically on ...
The Guam Delegate to Congress Madeleine Bordallo is keeping her fingers crossed that there won't be any deep cuts to funding the Guam military buildup.
The congresswoman was reacting to Senator Harry Reids decision to place the defense authorization bill that cuts Guam buildup funding on the session floor for a vote. Bordallo notes that although Reid has conceded to GOP demands, the defense authorization bill must still be voted on and even if it is passed by the senate it still must be reconciled with the house version of the defense spending bill. The house's version does not cut funding to ...
Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo believes that Guam could benefit from the free trade agreement with Korea that Congress approved Wednesday night in Washington.
In a release, the Congresswoman says that the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) is the most commercially significant free trade agreement since the ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement and it is the first FTA with a North Asian partner.
Under the agreement, nearly 95 percent of bilateral trade in industrial and consumer products would become duty free within 3 years, and most remaining tariffs would be ...
Bordallo Seeks H-2B Regulatory Relief from New DHS Secretary Kelly Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today wrote to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to request assistance in resolving Guam’s H-2B challenges and to consider any negative impacts future executive orders on immigration could have on national security in the region. She requested that Secretary Kelly exercise his regulatory authority to provide for a commonsense solution to Guam’s workforce challenges. She underscored the challenges the denials have had on Guam’s economy and the implications they could have on U.S. security interests in the region.
“The H-2B visa program has been critical to supporting Guam’s workforce needs and sustaining our healthcare, tourism, and military construction industries. The rash of denials we have seen threatens U.S. military posture in the region and Guam’s economic well-being. I continue to believe that it is within USCIS’s authority to provide administrative relief for this crisis and I hope that Secretary Ke
Bordallo Reappointed Readiness Subcommittee Ranking Member Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo has been reappointed as the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee’s Readiness Subcommittee. The Readiness Subcommittee oversees military readiness, training, logistics and maintenance issues and programs, military construction, installations and family housing issues, and the BRAC process. It also oversees civilian personnel, energy security, and environmental issues that affect the Department of Defense (DOD). Congresswoman Bordallo has served as the Readiness Subcommittee’s Ranking Member since 2011.
Congresswoman Bordallo will also continue to serve on the HASC Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces and the House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs and Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans.
“I appreciate my Democratic colleagues’ continued confidence in me to serve as the Readiness Subcommittee’s Ranking Member for the 115th Congress.
Bordallo Urges Defense Secretary to Visit Guam During Trip to Asia Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo wrote to Secretary of Defense James Mattis to request that he include Guam on his upcoming trip to the Asia-Pacific region. The Department of Defense announced that Secretary Mattis will visit Japan and South Korea during his first trip abroad as Secretary of Defense.
“I am pleased that Secretary Mattis recognizes the importance of the Asia-Pacific region and is making his first trip abroad as Defense Secretary to meet with our allies and partners in the region. I hope that he will consider including a visit to Guam in his travel plans to gain a first-hand understanding of the unique contributions our island and our people make to our national security. Guam is a critical component of the U.S. strategic posture in the region. I hope that Secretary Mattis will take this opportunity to visit Guam and express the Administration’s commitment to the Marine realignment.”
Read Congresswoman Bordallo’s letter to Secretary Matti
Bordallo Meets with DoD Officials on Agent Orange Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today issued the following statement after meeting with senior Department of Defense officials to discuss Agent Orange on Guam during the Vietnam War.
“Today I met with senior DoD officials to discuss claims that Agent Orange was used on Guam during the Vietnam War. I appreciate the Department’s quick response in meeting to discuss my concerns. This was an initial meeting to discuss the deep concerns that have been raised in our community, and the DoD has asserted that Agent Orange was not used on, stored or transshipped through Guam during the Vietnam War. I look forward to reviewing their records that support this claim and continuing to engage with the DoD and local stakeholders so that we have all the facts on this issue.”