Federated States of Micronesia
Speaker Wesley W. Simina
|Judiciary & Governmental Operations||At Large, four year Representative|
|Education||State of Chuuk|
|DOB: September 10, 1961|
|J.D., University of Hawaii - Manoa|
|First entered the FSM Congress in 2011|
Senator Wesley W. Simina is the Speaker of the Nineteenth Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia as elected on May 11, 2015. He is the sixth person seated for the Speakership of the National Legislative Body. Simina is the four-year or at-large representative of the State of Chuuk and has been a Member of the Congress since his election to the Seventeenth Congress in 2011.
As a fairly new member of the national Body, Speaker Simina has already earned the respect of his colleagues by his staunch promotion of sensitive national issues that are tempered by his practical solutions. This practical approach is a reflection of a background extensive in public service as it is varied in the private sector.
During the FSM's formative nation building stages, Simina was in the formative stages of his future by first completing high school years at Chuuk High and then his pursuit of tertiary education abroad. He first enrolled at Jackson State University in Mississippi then later transferred closer to the Pacific Ocean through his enrollment at the San Diego campus of the United States International University where he graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts.
Upon graduation, Speaker Simina returned to his island state of Chuuk and worked for the next four years as an intern at the Chuuk Public Defender's Office and also moonlighted as a part time instructor at the state campus of the College of Micronesia. Experience being the best teacher, Simina's four years allowed him reassessment of his future goals. He redirected his educational pursuit to focus on law and in 1986 enrolled at the University of Hawaii - William S. Richardson School of Law School of Law, Manoa Campus. In 1988 he graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Hawaii - William S. Richardson School of Law.
While studying at UH, Simina spent his summers back in Chuuk as an intern at the Office of the FSM Public Defenders and the FSM Supreme Court. Upon graduation, he was immediately hired as the Directing Attorney for the FSM Public Defender Office for the states of Kosrae and Chuuk from 1988 thru 1991.
In 1991 he was hired as the Legislative Counsel for the Chuuk State Legislature and two years later was confirmed for the position of Attorney General for the Chuuk State Government from 1993 until 1997. Upon completion of his term at the state government, Simina went into Private Practice where for the next seven years he served as Legal Counsel for various private and public corporations including the Chuuk Public Utility Corporation (1997 - 2001) with regular stints as Staff Attorney for the FSM Congress from 1997 thru 2003.
In 2001, Simina was elected as the State of Chuuk' at-Large representative to the 3rd FSM Constitutional Convention.
In 2005, Simina was elected as the Governor of the State of Chuuk and served for four years. In 2009, he was re-elected to the Governorship for another four years, but his term was shy 2 year as he successfully ran for the 2011 Special Election for the At-Large or four-year representative of the State of Chuuk to the National Legislative Body.
On the 25th of July 2011, Simina was seated as a Member of the Seventeenth Congress of the FSM and served the public for four years as a member of the Congressional Standing Committee on Education; the Committee on External Affairs and the Committee on Transportation and Communications.
During the organization of the 18th Congress in 2013, Simina was elected Chairman of the Congressional Standing Committee on Judiciary and Governmental Operations with membership on Committees of Transportation and Communications and also on the Education.
In March 2015, Simina was re-elected to the national body as the State of Chuuk's at- large representative or four-year Member. On May 11, 2015, Simina was elected to head the Legislative Branch of the FSM National Government as Speaker of the 19th Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia.
Speaker Simina is married to Ancelly and they have eight children.