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Amata Catherine Coleman Radewagen[1] /əˈmɑːtə, ˈrædəˌwæɡən/ (born December 29, 1947), commonly called Aumua Amata /ˈmə/, is an American Samoan politician who is the current delegate for the United States House of Representatives from American Samoa. Radewagen, a Republican, was elected on November 4, 2014, after defeating Democratic incumbent Eni Faleomavaega. She began her tenure on January 3, 2015.[2]

Amata Coleman Radewagen
Aumua Amata Radewagen congressional photo.jpg
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from American Samoa's at-large district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded byEni Faleomavaega
Personal details
Born
Amata Catherine Coleman

(1947-12-29) December 29, 1947 (age 71)
Pago Pago, American Samoa, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Fred Radewagen
Children3
RelativesPeter Tali Coleman (Father)
EducationUniversity of Guam (BS)
Loyola Marymount University
George Mason University
WebsiteHouse website

Early life and educationEdit

Radewagen is the daughter of Peter Tali Coleman, the first popularly elected Governor of American Samoa, and Nora Stewart Coleman, the former First Lady of American Samoa.[2][3] Radewagen has twelve siblings.[3] She is a graduate of Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu.[4]

She is married to Fred Radewagen, and they have three children, and two grandchildren.[3]

Radewagen holds the orator (talking chief) title of Aumua from the Village of Pago Pago, where she is a registered voter.[3]

Political careerEdit

From 1997 to 1999, Radewagen served on the staff of United States Representative Phil Crane of Illinois.[5] She served on the staff of United States Representative J.C. Watts, Jr. of Oklahoma from 1999 to 2003.[5] After that, she served on the staff of the House Republican Conference from 2003 to 2005.[5]

Radewagen was appointed in 2001, by President George W. Bush, as the White House Commissioner for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI); she chaired the Community Security Committee.[3][6] Radewagen was the only Pacific Islander on the 15-member commission.[3]

Since 1994, Radewagen has participated in every federal election.[7] Since 1986, she represents the American Samoa Republican Party in the Republican National Committee.[2][8] Radewagen is the most senior member.[3][9]

United States House of RepresentativesEdit

2014 electionEdit

Radewagen ran for American Samoa's at-large congressional district in the 2014 elections. She defeated the Democratic incumbent Delegate Eni Faleomavaega, 42% to 31%; former Democratic Governor Togiola Tulafono finished third at 11% in the nine-way contest.[10][11]

2016 electionEdit

Radewagen was re-elected in 2016, receiving the highest number of votes in American Samoa history for any elective office, winning 75.4% of the vote cast.[12][13][14]

TenureEdit

Radewagen assumed office on January 3, 2015. Upon taking office, she became the Republican Party's highest ranking Asian Pacific federal officeholder in the United States.[3]

Radewagen has a bipartisan track record, ranked the 28th and 14th most bipartisan Representative in the 114th and 115th United States Congresses, respectively, by The Lugar Center and McCourt School of Public Policy's Bipartisan Index.[15][16][17]

Committee assignmentsEdit

Caucus membershipsEdit

Election ResultsEdit

American Samoa Delegate to the United States House of Representatives election, November 6, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Amata Coleman Radewagen (inc.) 7,194 83.28%
Independent Tuika Tuika 785 9.09%
Democratic Meleagi Suitonu–Chapman 659 7.63%
Total votes 8,638 100.00%
American Samoa Delegate to the United States House of Representatives election, November 8, 2016[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Amata Coleman Radewagen (inc.) 8,924 75.4
Democratic Salu Hunkin-Finau 1,581 13.4
Democratic Mapu Jamias 978 8.3
Democratic Meleagi Suitonu-Chapman 181 1.50
Independent Timothy Jones 171 1.40
Total votes 11,835 100
Republican hold
American Samoa Delegate to the United States House of Representatives election, November 4, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Amata Coleman Radewagen 4,306 42.0%
Democratic Eni F. H. Faleomavaega (Incumbent) 3,157 30.8%
Democratic Togiola Tulafono 1,130 11.0%
Democratic Mapu S. Jamias 652 6.4%
Independent Rosie Fuala'au Tago Lancaster 286 2.6%
Independent Meleagi Suitonu-Chapman 229 2.2%
Independent Tuika Tuika 201 2.0%
Democratic Tu'au Kereti Mata'Utia Jr 160 1.6%
Independent Mark Ude 143 1.4%
Total votes 10,246 100.00%

Other activityEdit

Radewagen has been involved in helping build democratic institutions internationally.[3] As a trainer since 1992, she has participated in missions to Kazakhstan, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, and Morocco for the International Republican Institute and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, among other activities.[3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Amata Catherine Coleman". Ancestry.com. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Fili Sagapolutele (November 9, 2014). "1st Woman Elected as American Samoa Delegate". Associated Press. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Biography". U.S. Representative Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  4. ^ "RADEWAGEN, Amata Coleman". Office of the Historian. United States House of Representatives. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "RADEWAGEN, Aumua Amata Coleman". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  6. ^ "National Committeewoman". gop.com. Republican National Committee. 2012. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  7. ^ "Amata Thanks American Samoa Voters". Radio New Zealand International. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Aumua Amata's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  9. ^ Gizzi, John (February 9, 2015). "American Samoa's Radewagen Can Make a Difference in Committees". Marianas Variety. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  10. ^ Cama, Timothy (November 5, 2014) – "American Samoa Delegate Loses Seat". The Hill. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  11. ^ Official Results of the General Election 2014 American Samoa Election Office. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  12. ^ "Incumbent Aumua Amata heading back to Washington D.C. - Samoa News". samoanews.com. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  13. ^ http://www.americansamoaelectionoffice.org/results/General Election 2016 RESULTS_CONGRESS.pdf
  14. ^ "Biography". 11 December 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  15. ^ The Lugar Center - McCourt School Bipartisan Index (PDF), The Lugar Center, March 7, 2016, retrieved July 9, 2018
  16. ^ "The Lugar Center - McCourt School Bipartisan Index" (PDF). Washington, D.C.: The Lugar Center. April 24, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  17. ^ "Aumua Amata tops bipartisan index". Pago Pago, American Samoa: Talanei. May 21, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  18. ^ "Members". Congressional Western Caucus. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  19. ^ "90 Current Climate Solutions Caucus Members". Citizen´s Climate Lobby. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  20. ^ http://history.house.gov/Institution/Election-Statistics/Election-Statistics/

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