Republican Party of American Samoa
ChairpersonUtu Abe Malae
Vice ChairmanJohn Raynar
National CommitteewomanAmata Coleman Radewagen
National CommitteemanSu'a Carl Schuster
TreasurerTina Ione
HeadquartersP.O. Box 3564, Pago Pago, AS 96799
Fiscal conservatism
Social conservatism
Political positionCenter-right
National affiliationRepublican Party
Colors  Red
U.S. House of Representatives
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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 woman to represent American Samoa 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 2008, all delegates were won by John McCain. 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][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



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.[8]

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.[18]

Notable people

See also


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  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. ^ "American Samoa republicans endorse delegates". Radio New Zealand. 24 March 2016.
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  7. ^ "Republican Party of American Samoa holds annual Coleman Eisenhower Dinner". 29 October 2018.
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  10. ^ "Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen". University of Hawaii. Archived from the original on 6 August 2020.
  11. ^ Malcolm, A. (2012, Mar 14). "While you were sleeping, Romney rebounds to win Hawaii and American Samoa". Investor's Business Daily.
  12. ^ "Donald Trump picks up more unbound GOP delegates | CNN Politics". CNN. 9 May 2016.
  13. ^ "Trump Losing Unbound Delegate Race to Cruz".
  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. ^ "American Samoa delegate loses seat". 5 November 2014.
  17. ^ "Aumua Amata wins big in American Samoa". Radio New Zealand. 10 November 2016.
  18. ^ "American Samoa GOP blasts Dems for excluding Gabbard from debate". 18 October 2015.