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Republican Party of American Samoa is the affiliate of the U.S. Republican Party in American Samoa. It is based in the territorial capital of Pago Pago.[2]

The party was founded by Peter Tali Coleman.[3] Coleman was in 1956 the first Samoan to be appointed Governor. He became the first popularly elected Governor in 1977 and won re-election in 1980 and 1988. In 1988, he replaced Governor Fofō Iosefa Fiti Sunia, who had resigned after being convicted of defrauding the U.S. Government.[4]

Coleman’s daughter, Aumua Amata Radewagen, is a current Congresswoman and also the party’s National Committee Woman.[5] She received the unanimous endorsement from the party in 2018 in order to run for Congress. She is the first American Samoan female member in the U.S. House of Representatives.[6][7] She is also the first Republican representative in Congress from American Samoa. In 2018, she won reelection with 83.3 percent of the vote,[8] the highest number of votes in American Samoa history.[9][10] She has represented the party in the Republican National Committee (RNC) since 1986.

In the 2012 Republican primary, Mitt Romney won all nine delegates from American Samoa.[11] In the 2016 American Samoa Republican caucuses, Donald Trump won all nine delegates.[12] In 2008, all delegates were won by John McCain.[13]

Current Leadership

In March 2016, the party elected new leadership in the lead up to the 2016 American Samoa Republican Caucus.[14]

Party Leader Position
Utu Abe Malae Chairman
John Raynar Vice-Chairman
Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen National Committeewoman
Su'a Carl Schuster National Committeeman
Sailitafa Samoa Secretary
Tina Ione Treasurer

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History

In the 2014 elections, Radewagen was elected as American Samoa's Delegate to Congress.[15] After having served fourteen consecutive terms in Washington, DC, Democrat Eni Faleomavaega lost his reelection bid to Republican Aumua Amata during the 2014 American Samoan general election.[16] She won reelection in 2016 with 75.4%,[17] and won reelection with 83.3% of the votes in a three-way race in 2018.[18]

In 2015, the party criticized the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as Tulsi Gabbard did not get the opportunity to participate in televised debates. Gabbard, a Democrat, represents Hawai’i in the U.S. Congress but was born in American Samoa. The Republican Party of American Samoa also planned to invite Gabbard to their next Republican primary debate.[19]

Notable people

See also

References

  1. ^ Pacific Publications (1988). Pacific Islands Monthly, Volume 59. Page 7.
  2. ^ Kurian, George Thomas and Jeffrey D. Schultz (1999). Political Market Place USA. Greenwood Publishing Group. Page 18. ISBN 9781573562263.
  3. ^ Pace, Eric (1997-05-01). "Peter Coleman, 77, Governor of American Samoa". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-05-08.
  4. ^ "Republican is Elected Governor of Samoa” (Nov. 12, 1988). New York Times. Page 8.
  5. ^ https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/299804/american-samoa-republicans-endorse-delegates
  6. ^ http://www.samoanews.com/local-news/american-samoas-aumua-amata-endorsed-election
  7. ^ http://www.samoanews.com/local-news/republican-party-american-samoa-holds-annual-coleman-eisenhower-dinner
  8. ^ Lansford, Tom (2019). Political Handbook of the World 2018-2019. CQ Press. Page 1730. ISBN 9781544327112.
  9. ^ https://friendsofamata.com/about/
  10. ^ https://www.hawaii.edu/pbcp/node/41
  11. ^ Malcolm, A. (2012, Mar 14). "While you were sleeping, Romney rebounds to win Hawaii and American Samoa". Investor's Business Daily.
  12. ^ https://www.cnn.com/2016/05/09/politics/trump-gop-delegates-unbound/index.html
  13. ^ https://time.com/4303264/donald-trump-ted-cruz-convention-unbound/
  14. ^ a b "Local Republican Party names new officers and endorses Amata". Samoa News. 2016-03-19. Retrieved 2016-05-08.
  15. ^ "Biography". US Representative Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen. 2012-12-11. Retrieved 2016-05-08.
  16. ^ https://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/223113-american-samoa-delegate-loses-seat
  17. ^ https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/317793/aumua-amata-wins-big-in-american-samoa
  18. ^ Lansford, Tom (2019). Political Handbook of the World 2018-2019. CQ Press. Page 1730. ISBN 9781544327112.
  19. ^ https://www.saipantribune.com/index.php/american-samoa-gop-blasts-dems-for-excluding-gabbard-from-debate/

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