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List of Delegates to the United States House of Representatives from American Samoa

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Delegates of American Samoa to the United States House of Representatives are politicians elected to the United States House of Representatives by the unincorporated territory of American Samoa. As an unincorporated territory, American Samoa does not have the right to elect senators, but is able to elect a single non-voting delegate to the House. The delegate can participate in, and vote, in committees. The right to elect a delegate was granted on October 31, 1978, and the first delegate was elected in 1981.

This is a complete list of delegates to the United States House of Representatives from American Samoa.

Note: From 1970 to 1978, American Samoa sent an unofficial "Delegate-at-large" to lobby for formal admission to the House of Representatives; they were A. U. Fuimaono from 1970 to 1974, and A. P. Lutali from 1975 to 1977.

Congress Delegate Image
97th (1981–1983) Fofó Iosefa Fiti Sunia (D)1
Fofó Iosefa Fiti Sunia 99th Congress 1985.jpg
98th (1983–1985)
99th (1985–1987)
100th (1987–1989)
101st (1989–1991) Eni Faleomavaega (D)
Faleomavaega Portrait.jpg
102nd (1991–1993)
103rd (1993–1995)
104th (1995–1997)
105th (1997–1999)
106th (1999–2001)
107th (2001–2003)
108th (2003–2005)
109th (2005–2007)
110th (2007–2009)
111th (2009–2011)
112th (2011–2013)
113th (2013–2015)
114th (2015–2017) Amata Coleman Radewagen (R)
Aumua Amata Radewagen congressional photo.jpg
115th (2017–2019)
116th (2019–2021)

1Resigned September 6, 1988.

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This is Guam. You might have heard of it, because it’s part of the US, but only kinda. Guam doesn’t work governmentally like any other part of the US—it’s a complete exception. You see, Guam is here—7,936 miles (12,771 km) away from the capitol of the US. That begs the question then, why is Guam part of the US? Here’s a 45 (50, 55, 60) second history lesson: in 2000 BC a bunch of people came over from Southeast Asia and settled Guam. 3,521 years later this guy named Magellan,—you probably haven’t heard of him—landed in Guam and the native Chamorros, who were accustomed to the idea of subsistence living, canoed out to his ship and helped themselves to anything and everything that wasn’t bolted down. Magellan soon sailed away, minus a bunch of guns, whisky, and food, and dubbed the spot “The Island of Thieves,” before he died five weeks later of course. Fast forward to 1565, a guy named Miguel Lopez de Legazpi landed on Guam and in true imperial fashion decided that it was now Spain’s land. In the next 300 years Spain brought Christianity, corn, and spread enough diseases to cut the population from 12,000 to 5,000 people. In February 1898 the USS Maine blew up in the port of Havana and, despite not having any proof, the US press blamed Spain and thus began the Spanish-American war. The two countries fought and fought and fought in both the Caribbean and the Pacific. On June 21st, 1898, a bunch of American soldiers landed on Guam, which as a reminder, was still Spain’s, and nobody really fought against them so they decided it was theirs. This was formalized six months later when Spain and the US signed the treaty of Paris, and that’s how Guam became American. So what’s the point of Guam? Less people live on Guam than have seen this YouTube video on how to make a PB&J sandwich. The GDP of Guam is lower than the net worth of Gordan Moore—a billionaire so insignificant that you probably haven’t even heard of him—and the federal government sends $600 million a year to the small Pacific island. Why does the US put so much effort into keeping territory on the other side of the world? For the military. You see, some call Guam “America’s Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier” because it’s so close to hotspots like North Korea and the South China Sea. Guam is only 2,114 miles (3,402 km) from Pyongyang, North Korea compared to 4,766 miles (7,670 km) to Hawaii. That’s a huge difference considering conflicts could erupt at any minute in North Korea. The United States Military is the #1 employer on Guam other than the Guamanian government and encompasses 27% of the island’s landmass. The other major industry on Guam is Tourism. United Airlines is the single biggest private employer on the island. Since United is an American Airline and Guam is part of the US, they fly to 18 direct destinations from Guam International Airport, only 3 of which are in the US. 75% of the 1 million yearly tourists visiting Guam come from Japan, and a big attraction is the relative ease in visiting what is the US. Major income comes from the American style malls littering the island. Guam’s postal service is still the US postal service, and it still costs only 47 cents to send a letter to Guam from the contiguous United States compared to $1.15 to Canada. Phone calls to Guam are domestic, the United States Dollar is the currency, Guam really is part of the US, at least in theory. You see, that’s pretty much where the similarities with the rest of the US end. Guamanian people cannot vote for president, they can’t even vote for a congressional representative to vote on the laws that will apply to themselves. For that reason, Guam is on the United Nations List of Non-Self-Governing Territories, which basically equates Guam to a colony of the US—a big no-no in the 21st century. Much like American Samoa, the Northern Marianas Islands, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, Guam has a non-voting representative in Congress. These delegates are given all the privileges of other congressional representatives—they can serve on committees, speak on the house floor, and can even send mail without a stamp—but cannot vote on laws. Another strange way Guam is only kinda part of the US is that, when flying direct from the US to Guam, you still have to go through customs and you can still buy duty free. However, if you fly direct from Guam to the Northern Marianas Islands, another US territory, you don’t have to pass through customs or border control. Also weirdly, citizens of Hong Kong, Malaysia, Nauru, Papau New Guinea, Russia, and China are allowed to visit Guam for up to 45 days with no visa, even though one would be required to visit the mainland US. So that’s Guam—the Pacific part of the US, for the most part. I hope you enjoyed this Wendover Productions video. Make sure to click subscribe here to catch all my future videos. Please also follow me on twitter @WendoverPro. Someone recently created a fan-moderated subreddit for my channel which I encourage you to subscribe to at You can check out my last video on Why Trains Suck in America here. Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you soon for another Wendover Productions video.


Key to party colors and abbreviations for members of the U.S. Congress
American (Know Nothing) (K-N)
Anti-Jacksonian (Anti-J),
National Republican (NR)
Anti-Administration (Anti-Admin)
Anti-Masonic (Anti-M)
Conservative (Con)
Democratic (D)
Dixiecrat (Dix),
States' rights (SR)
Democratic-Republican (D-R)
Farmer–Labor (FL)
Federalist (F)
Free Soil (FS)
Free Silver (FSv)
Fusion (FU)
Greenback (GB)
Jacksonian (J)
Nonpartisan League (NPL)
Nullifier (N)
Opposition Northern (O)
Opposition Southern (O)
Populist (Pop)
Pro-Administration (Pro-Admin)
Progressive (Prog)
Prohibition (Proh)
Readjuster (Rea)
Republican (R)
Socialist (Soc)
Unionist (U)
Whig (W)
or Unaffiliated
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