Christina Sablan, also known as Tina Sablan, is a Northern Marianan politician under the Democratic Party. She’s a legislator, journalist, conservationist, and regional planner.
She was a former news anchor in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). She’s also a member of the Commonwealth House of Representatives, representing Precinct Two. She assumed office on January 14, 2019 and her current term ends on January 9, 2023.
Christina Sablan is currently running for election for Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands. She is on the ballot in the general election on November 8, 2022. Sablan is the first woman to be nominated by a major party for Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Here is a brief biography of Christina Sablan:
|Full Name||Christina Marie Elise Sablan|
|Age||41 years old|
|Political Party||Democratic Party|
Christina Sablan Early Life
Christina Sablan was born on born May 18, 1981, in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. She was born to Eugenio and Carmela Sablan. Sablan grew up in the communities of Chalan Kanoa and Tanapag. She’s currently 41 years.
Christina Sablan Education
Sablan attended Mount Carmel High School, Saipan, where she earned her diploma. In 2003, Sablan received her bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in conservation science from the College of Santa Fe.
In 2016, she received a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where she also received a graduate certificate in conflict resolution.
Christina Sablan Career
Sablan rose to local prominence from 2005 to 2007 as a key leader in the “Beautify CNMI coalition,” which organized island-wide cleanups. Sablan served within the Northern Mariana Islands’ Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ) as a waste reduction and recycling coordinator.
In the realm of journalism, Sablan worked as a news reporter and anchor for KSPN2. Additionally, Sablan served as program manager of the Commonwealth Cancer Association, an anti-cancer group.
Christina Sablan Family
We couldn’t lay our hands on any information about Sablan’s family – husband and children.
Christina Sablan Political Career
In 2007, Sablan was elected to the House of Representatives for the 16th Legislature, which made her the youngest member of the legislature at the time. Sablan edged out independent candidate Janet Maratita for the last of the six seats in Precinct One.
In 2009, Sablan was, however, defeated when she ran for Commonwealth Senate. After her defeat, Sablan joined the staff of the territorial delegate, Gregorio Sablan, serving as his deputy communications director and outreach coordinator.
In 2018, Sablan returned to the House of Representatives as one of two representatives for Precinct Two, and was reelected in 2020. While in office, Sablan was a supporter of expanding eligibility for the earned income tax credit (EITC). She also introduced legislation to repeal NMI Public Law 11-25 (1998), which limited the EITC.
Being a supporter of LGBT rights, Sablan introduced anti-discrimination legislation to add protections for gender identity and sexual orientation in housing, healthcare, and employment. As a territorial representative, she was appointed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to serve on the agency’s Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee.
Sablan currently serves as Chair of the House Committee on Health and Welfare in the Commonwealth House of Representatives. In this capacity, she testified before the United States Congress about the need to end racial disparities in healthcare.
As early as 2008 during her first term in the territorial legislature, Sablan was speculated on as a possible future gubernatorial candidate. Sablan is currently a gubernatorial candidate in the 2022 election, where she is set to face incumbent Republican Governor Ralph Torres.
Her candidacy has been endorsed by the territorial Democratic Party, and has additionally received the support of territorial delegate Gregorio Sablan. As the incumbent Torres is currently facing controversies and impeachment, Sablan has a better chance of emerging as the next governor for CNMI.
In her letter of intent, Sablan said she is fully committed to the vision laid out in the Democratic Party platform of a “safe, just, healthy, and beautiful Commonwealth, where the rule of law prevails, prosperity is shared, and economic development raises the quality of life for all.”
She said, “And I am ready and willing to help lead our people to a more helpful and equitable future, as their governor and faithful public servant.”