Biography – Senator Urusemal

Senator Urusemal, Joseph J. [Four-Year Seat]

Sen. Urusemal
Senator Urusemal

Senator Joseph J. Urusemal was born on March 19, 1952 in Woleai, Yap State. He attended elementary school in Woleai, and then went to the Outer Islands High School in Ulithi. He graduated from Xavier High School in Chuuk, FSM, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Administration of Justice at Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri.

After college, Senator Urusemal worked as a Corrections Officer at the Jackson County Department of Corrections in Missouri before returning home in 1982. He immediately went on to become a high school instructor and a school counselor at the Outer Islands High School in Falalop, Ulithi, until his election to the FSM Congress at-large seat for Yap State vacated by Honorable John R. Haglelgam in May, 1987.

Senator Urusemal was named Floor Leader for the Seventh and Twelfth Congresses.

On May 11, 2003, Joseph J. Urusemal was seated as the sixth President of the Federated States of Micronesia for a term of four years. He was reelected back to Congress after his Presidency, where he continued to assume his role as an active member of various Congressional Committees.

Senator Urusemal currently serves as the Chairman of the Committee on Education. He is also the current Chairman of the Yap Congressional Delegation.

Senator Urusemal is married to Olania Latileilam of Satawal Island, Yap, and they have two children.