CHRIS DUENAS (incumbent)

Republican candidate for senator

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Bio:
Buenas yan Håfa Adai!

My name is Chris Dueñas, and I'm humbly asking for your vote of confidence to be re-elected as a Senator in the 32nd Guam Legislature.

I understand the importance of fiscal responsibility, and will bring my experience in both private business ownership and government service management to improve the economic sustainability of Guam during the build up and beyond.

I want to develop a workforce that serves the needs of both employers and employees. I will work to develop programs that adequately train and educate residents who could then contribute to the island as skilled workers earning higher wages and creating stability in the working world. This type of training can mean the difference between finding a job and having a career, and could eventually lead to entrepreneurship; a positive cycle of supply and demand.

In my sixteen years of work in the private sector, I have successfully owned and operated businesses catering to our visitor industry. These experiences taught me the value of hard work, on-going training and business ownership. I want to use these skill sets to empower the people of Guam, so our community can capitalize on the opportunities to come.  
As your Senator in the 31st Guam Legislature, I have introduced seventeen bills, of which twelve have been passed in session and signed into public law; one bill was withdrawn but it's purpose was achieved by Governor Calvo's Reorganization Advisory #5. These bills are all centered around three key issues: Protecting our natural resources, educational opportunities for our disadvantaged population, and economic development. 
Please join me as I strive to create an environment conducive to growing new tourism markets, maximizing federal spending in order to increase government revenues, and helping us all to share economic prosperity on our island paradise. 
I'm ready to contribute greatly to the advancement of Guam as your Senator again. Put me to work for our future, our sustainability and our island!


EDUCATION:

1999 Certification Atlantis V Submarine Pilot
1994 100-Ton Upgrade Masters License
1989 Graduate Houston Marine School: 50-Ton NEAR Coastal Masters License
1985 Graduate John F. Kennedy High School

EXPERIENCE:

2011-Present Senator, 31st Guam Legislature
2009 – 2010 Director, Department of Land Management
2003 – 2009 Director, Department of Youth Affairs
1994 – 2002 Atlantis Pilot 
1992 – 1994 Charter Fishing Owner/Operator
1990 – 1992 Charter Dive Boat Captain

COMMITTEES:

- Member of the Committee on Youth, Cultural Affairs, Procurement, General Government Operations and Public Broadcasting

- Member of the Committee on Municipal Affairs, Tourism, Housing and Recreation 

- Member of the Committee on Rules, Federal, Foreign, & Micronesian Affairs and Human & Natural Resources

- Member of the Committee on the Guam Military Buildup and Homeland Security

- Member of the Committee on Appropriations, Taxation, Public Debt, Banking, Insurance, Retirement, and Land

- Member of the Committee on Utilities, Transportation, Public Works and Veterans Affairs

- Member of the Committee on Public Safety, Law Enforcement, and Judiciary

- Member of the Sustaining Appropriate and Fair Environments (SAFE) Subcommittee

- Member of the Committee on Health and Human Services, Senior Citizens, Economic Development, and Election Reform

- Chairman of the Prevention and Early Intervention Advisory Committee Empowerment (PEACE)

- Chairman of the Guam Work Force Investment Board – Committee on Youth

- Vice-Chairman of the Drug Symposium

- Member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice – Guam Rep. 2004 & 2005

- Member of the State Advisory Group (SAG)

- Member of the Lt. Governor's Beautification Task Force