Joseph Franklin Ada

Joseph Franklin Ada ( born December 3, 1943 in Tamuning, Guam) is an American politician. Between 1987 and 1995 he was Governor of Guam.


Joseph Ada attended two years, the College of Guam and then studied until 1968 at the University of Portland in Oregon. After his return to Guam, he was deputy director of the Office of Public Works in 1970. Politically, he was a member of the Republican Party. He was a member of the legislature of Guam from 1975 to 1979 and its chairman for five legislative sessions. Between 1979 and 1982 he served as lieutenant governor under Governor Paul McDonald Calvo.

In 1986, Ada was elected Governor of Guam. On January 5, 1987, he took over from Ricardo Bordallo. After a re-election he was able to hold that office until January 2, 1995. During this time, he promoted the economic development of the U.S. foreign territory. In addition, he managed to land that was previously used by the military recover. Joseph Ada is the only politician in Guam, who was both president of the state Legislature, Lieutenant Governor and Governor. He was also the first governor of the area, who was elected to a second term.

In 1998 he applied unsuccessfully to return to the Office of the Governor. In 2000 he was again elected as a Senator in the Legislature. Two years later, he ran unsuccessfully for the post of Congress delegates from Guam. Joseph Ada is married and has three children.