Hagåtña, Guam – Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio issued the following statements on the passing of former Senator and Democratic Party of Guam Chairwoman Pilar Cruz Lujan:

“We join the island of Guam in mourning the passing of former Senator Pilar Cruz Lujan, a passionate educator who championed the institution of CHamoru language in public education, and a dedicated public servant who established our modern judicial system and led the transformation of our international airport,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “Senator Lujan served Guam’s children first as a teacher, administrator, and in positions across the Guam Department of Education. She led the implementation of CHamoru language and culture education in our schools, and became Chairwoman of the first Guam Education Board. Our island’s pillars of education and justice evolved because of her leadership, and we will never forget her tireless efforts, along with those of her late husband, former Senator Frank Lujan, and her daughter, late Justice Monessa Lujan. Jeff, Josh and I send all of our loving thoughts and condolences to her children Davina, Galen, Rolenda, and family.”

“Senator Lujan was a visionary leader who understood the necessity of a strong justice system to protect the people of Guam,” said Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio. “Throughout her service, she worked to establish the Supreme Court of Guam, the Guam Judicial Center, Crime Victims’ rights, and other fundamental laws protecting children from abuse and neglect. It was through these landmark initiatives and her enduring legacy of empowering justice that she earned the Judiciary’s prestigious Hustisia Award in 2015, and the respect of Guam’s legal community. Our island will be forever grateful for her unending contributions and her unbridled love of service.”


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