|Name||Antonio "Tony" Unpingco|
Santa Rita, Guam , United States
|| April 21, 1942
|Died||October 18, 2007
Apr 21, 2021 06:16pm
|Info||Antonio Reyes Unpingco |
Tony is first and foremost a husband, a father and a grandfather. He and his wife, Emily (formerly Emilia Cruz Borja of Ta'i, Chalan Pago), raised 10 children, all of them now grown, as well as several reared and foster children. They now have 16 grandchildren, and Tony looks forward to cooking a big breakfast for them when they come over on Sunday mornings (eggs, bacon, fried rice, pancakes and more). He's a good cook and enjoys cooking all kinds of dishes for his family.
Antonio Reyes Unpingco was born on April 21, 1942 in Chalan Pago to Jose Aguon Unpingco and Eliza Guevara Reyes. He grew up in Sinajana as a boy, working most days at his family's retail store in Ordot. Tony recalls waking up early to put newspapers together so he could sell them: "In those days, there was no such thing as automation. I would wake up at 2 a.m. to put the paper together, and then either deliver them or sell them at the courthouse and government offices. For one penny each! I would sell 200 papers a day."
Unpingco graduated from Father Duenas Memorial School, and later attended the University of Guam and the University of Portland before graduating from Portland State University.
He met his wife and life-long partner while going to summer school at San Diego Community College. She was on sabbatical leave from a convent, but after meeting Unpingco she didn't finish at the convent. "I was lucky to steal her away," he said.
Unpingco served as head of the Governor's Special Task Force to automate the GovGuam payroll system in 1969 and he served as the GovGuam Credit Committee Chairman with the GovGuam Employees' Federal Credit Union in 1969 as well. In 1970, he served as Deputy Director of the Department of Administration, and he was the first Administrator of the GovGuam Liaison Office in San Francisco in 1971.
After serving in several leadership positions for a number of years in the government and private sector (he was also a partner of Business System Service and Executive Director of the Republican Party of Guam in 1974), Tony Unpingco decided to serve his island in a higher office when he ran for senator in 1976. He was elected to the position and served as Chairman of the Committee on General Governmental Operations and Military and Veterans Affairs in the 14th Guam Legislature.
Over his long career, he has served as Speaker of the 24th, 25th and 26th Guam Legislatures and has served as chairman and as a member of numerous committees. Tony has served in a leadership capacity in several positions besides Speaker, including Republican Co-Leader, Minority Leader, Assistant Minority Leader, and the Minority Whip. He's a member of the Agricultural and Forestry Committee on the State Federal Assembly of the National Conference on State Legislatures (NCSL), the Reapportionment Committee of the NCSL, the Executive Committee of the Council on State Governments-West, and the Governing Board of the Council of State Governments.
Today, Tony serves as the Chairman on Tourism, Maritime, Military and Veterans' Affairs and also oversees Banking and Insurance.
Tony is a proud long-time resident of Santa Rita, and he and his wife are very active members of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in the village. He's an active in civic and community organizations, including the Santa Rita Parish Finance Council, the Santa Rita Mom & Pop Choir, the Knights of Columbus, and the Young Men's League of Guam.
He also serves as chairman of the Fena Massacre Memorial Committee and co-chairman of the Mannengon Memorial Foundation.