Biography – Senator Figir

Senator Figir, Isaac V. [Two-Year Seat]

Senator Figir

Senator Isaac V. Figir was born in Yap on August 20, 1947. He attended St. Mary’s School, and graduated from Yap High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Guam in 1971. He went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Social Sciences from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1975.

Senator Figir in his early career was employed by the Yap State Department of Public Affairs. He became a radio announcer and disc jockey, and later, following his interest in the law, became a legal counselor for Micronesian Legal Services. He was admitted to the Yap State Bar Association in 1983.

In 1978, he was workings as a researcher for the FSM Commission on Future Political Status and Transition, later becoming its Executive Director, and became a member of the same Commission after he joined the FSM Congress in  1983. Senator Figir, since his election in 1983 to serve as Yap’s two-year Member in the Third FSM Congress, has since then been reelected to represent the people of the State of Yap to the FSM Congress making the most senior continuous serving Member of Congress to date.

Senator Figir served as the Speaker of FSM Congress from the 14th to 17th Congresses. He has had also served as Chairman of the Yap State Congressional Delegation, as well as the Chairman of various Congressional Committees, including his current role as the Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means.

Senator Figir is married to Mary Berngun of Yap, and they have four children.