Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa
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Incumbent
Salo Ale

since January 3, 2021
TypeLieutenant Governor
Formation1974
First holderFrank Barnett

The government of American Samoa consists of a locally elected governor, lieutenant governor and the American Samoa Fono, which consists of an 18-member Senate and a 21-member House of Representatives.[1] The first popular election for Governor and Lieutenant Governor took place in 1977.[2] Candidates for the offices run together on a joint ticket.[3] The first woman to run for election was Arieta Enesi Mulitauaopele in 1977.[4]

The current lieutenant governor is Eleasalo Ale, who has been in office since 2021.[5]

List of lieutenant governors of American Samoa

Appointed lieutenant governors

Elected lieutenant governors

Name Political Party Term Started Term Ended Notes
Tufele Liamatua
(1940–2011)
Republican January 3, 1978 January 3, 1985 First elected Lt. Governor of American Samoa[2]
Eni Faleomavaega
(1943–2017)
Democratic January 3, 1985 January 2, 1989[6]
Galea'i Peni Poumele
(1926–1992)
Republican January 2, 1989[6] July 27, 1992 Poumele died in office in July 1992.
Gaioi Tufele Galeai Republican August 1992 January 4, 1993 Widow of Lt. Governor Galea'i Peni Poumele. Served the remainder of Poumele's unexpired term
Tauese Sunia
(1941–2003)
Democratic January 4, 1993[6] January 3, 1997
Togiola Tulafono
(b. 1947)
Democratic January 3, 1997[6] March 26, 2003 Acting Governor from March 26, 2003, to April 7, 2003, following the death of Governor Tauese Sunia.
Office vacant March 23 – April 11, 2003
Faoa Aitofele Sunia
(b. 1943)
Democratic April 11, 2003 January 3, 2013
Lemanu Peleti Mauga
(b. 1949)
Independent January 3, 2013 January 3, 2021
Democratic
Salo Ale
(b. ?)
Democratic January 3, 2021 Incumbent

References

  1. ^ "American Samoa Country Brief". Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia). April 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-05.
  2. ^ a b "Peter Tali Coleman biography". Governors. American Samoa. Archived from the original on 2010-09-19. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
  3. ^ Simon-McWilliams, Ethel (1987). Glimpses into Pacific Lives: Some Outstanding Women (Revised) (PDF). Portland, Oregon: Northwest Regional Educational Lab. pp. 14–18. Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  4. ^ Simon-McWilliams, Ethel (1987). Glimpses into Pacific Lives: Some Outstanding Women (Revised) (PDF). Portland, Oregon: Northwest Regional Educational Lab. pp. 14–18. Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Lemanu Sialega Mauga on track to be next American Samoa Governor". RNZ. 5 November 2020. Retrieved 7 November 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d Sorensen, Stan (2007-01-09). "Historical Notes" (PDF). Tapuitea Official Newsletter of American Samoa. p. 2. Retrieved 2010-09-02.