Tommy Remengesau, Jr., was born in 1956, the son of a Palau district administrator who went on to be the country's justice minister and later vice president. Remengesau received his college education in the United States. After returning to Palau, he began his own political career, which in 1984 found him at age 28 the youngest senator ever elected to the National Congress. By 1992 he was the youngest vice president, at age 36. He is married to Debbie M. Remengesau.