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Benjamin Joseph Franquez Cruz

Benjamin Joseph Franquez Cruz, American territorial legislator, retired judge. President American Cancer Society, 1978—1980; treasurer Guam National Olympic Committee, 1987—1988, vice president, 1988; committeeman Democratic National Committee, Washington, 1984; executive director Democratic Party Guam, 1979—1983; Member of National Association Juvenile and Family Court Judges, National Judges Association.

Background

  • Cruz, Benjamin Joseph Franquez was born on March 3, 1951 in Agana, Guam. Son of Juan Quenga Cruz and Antonia (Franquez) Guerrero.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Claremont Men's College, 1972. Juris Doctor, University Santa Clara, 1975.

    Career

    • Assistant consumer counsel Office Attorney General, Agana, 1975. Governor's legal counsel Governor of Guam, 1975-1979. Sole practice law, 1979-1982.

      Minority legal counsel Guam Legislature, 1979—1982. Director Guam/Washington Liaison Office, Washington, 1983-1984. Judge Superior Court Guam, Agana, 1984.

      Associate justice Guam Supreme Court, 1997—1999, chief justice, 1999—2001, retired chief justice, 2001. Senator Guam Legislature, 2004—2006, since 2008, vice speaker, since 2008, member Committee on Tourism, Cultural Affairs, Youth and Public Broadcasting. Member Guam War Claims Review Commission.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Membership

    President American Cancer Society, 1978—1980. Treasurer Guam National Olympic Committee, 1987—1988, vice president, 1988. Committeeman Democratic National Committee, Washington, 1984.

    Executive director Democratic Party Guam, 1979—1983. Member of National Association Juvenile and Family Court Judges, National Judges Association.

    Personality

    Interests

    Aerobics, weightlifting.

    Connections

    • father: Juan Quenga Cruz Guerrero
    • mother: Antonia (Franquez) Guerrero
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    Born March 3, 1951
    (age 66)
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