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American Samoa Senate


American Samoa Senate

This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
American Samoa

The American Samoa Senate is the upper house of the American Samoa Fono. The Senate, like the lower House of Representatives, is a nonpartisan body. It is composed of 18 senators, serving a four-year term.


  • List of Senators 1
  • Voting 2
  • 2004 Legislative elections 3
  • References 4

List of Senators

Updated May 2013

Former senators:

  • Utu Abe Malae (R)
  • Tulifua Lam Yuen
  • Liufau Sonoma - deceased August 4, 2009
  • Uli Solomona - deceased July 22, 1980, served from 1973 to 1976, the revered High Chief from Aua village, one of American Samoa's most highly decorated heroes, a World War II veteran and recipient of the Nation's third-highest valor award the Silver Star, including awards of the Soldier's Medal, the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with "V" device denoted by 2 bronze oak leaf clusters.[1][2][3][4]
  • Gaoteote Tofau, President of American Samoa Senate
  • A.U. Fuimaono
  • Seui Laau[5]
  • Togiola Tulafono (D) - now Governor


The American Samoa Senate is the only legislature of its kind in the entire United States, both state and territorial, that is not directly elected by the voting population. Instead, the Senate's voting franchise is strictly limited to the various chiefs of the islands.

2004 Legislative elections

 Summary of the 2 November 2004 American Samoa Senate election results
Parties Senators
Senators elected by local chiefs 18
Total (turnout %) 18


  1. ^ The Legislature of the Territory of American Samoa, The 16th Legislature 4th Regular Session, Senate Concurrent Resolution (S.C.R.) No. 91, July 25, 1980.
  2. ^ Military Times Hall of Valor
  3. ^ Uli, Teddy (Founder & President of Polynesian Legal Social Services Corp., Uli Solomona and Manatua Tilo's youngest son.)
  4. ^ Modzelewski, Joe. "Uli's Eulogy." The Miami News 27 August 1980: 1C. Print.
  5. ^ Sagapolutele, Fili. "Senator Seui passes away".  

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