Amata Coleman Radewagen
|Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives|
from American Samoa's at-large district
January 3, 2015
|National Committeewoman for the Republican Party of American Samoa|
|White House Commissioner for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders|
Amata Catherine Coleman
December 29, 1947
Pago Pago, American Samoa, U.S.
|Children||Erika, Mark, and Kirsten|
|Relatives||Peter Tali Coleman (Father)|
|Education||University of Guam (BS)|
Loyola Marymount University
George Mason University
Amata Catherine Coleman Radewagen (born December 29, 1947), commonly called Aumua Amata , 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. She also serves as the National Committeewoman for the Republican Party of American Samoa. Amata is the first woman to represent American Samoa in the U.S. Congress.
By winning 75.4% of the vote in her 2016, Aumua Amata attained the highest number of votes in American Samoa history. She won reelection with 83.3 percent of the votes in a three-way race in 2018.
She has been the scheduling director for the United States House of Representatives Majority Leadership for eight years. Radewagen has been the most senior member of the Republican National Committee since 2012. She was a member of both the Executive Committee for the 2016-17 Presidential Transition and the Executive Committee for the 2017 Republican National Committee Chairman's Transition Committee. In 2019, she was appointed by President Donald Trump to serve on the President's Commission for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
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. Radewagen has twelve siblings. She attended school for girls in Honolulu (Sacred Hearts Academy) before she in 1975 received a bachelor's in psychology from the University of Guam. She has also done classes at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California and at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
From 1997 to 1999, Radewagen served on the staff of United States Representative Phil Crane of Illinois. She served on the staff of United States Representative J.C. Watts, Jr. of Oklahoma from 1999 to 2003. After that, she served on the staff of the House Republican Conference from 2003 to 2005. From 1999-2005, she served as staff on the House Republican Conference. Radewagen first ran for Congress in the 1994 elections against Democrat Eni F.H. Faleomavaega. She failed to gain the nomination of the Republican Party of American Samoa in 1996 and 2000, and she ran as an independent in the 1998 elections.
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. Radewagen was the only Pacific Islander on the 15-member commission.
Since 1994, Radewagen has participated in every federal election. Since 1986, she represents the American Samoa Republican Party in the Republican National Committee. Radewagen is the most senior member.
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.
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.
|Republican||Amata Coleman Radewagen (inc.)||7,194||83.28%|
|Republican||Amata Coleman Radewagen (inc.)||8,924||75.4|
|Republican||Amata Coleman Radewagen||4,306||42.0%|
|Democratic||Eni F. H. Faleomavaega (Incumbent)||3,157||30.8%|
|Democratic||Mapu S. Jamias||652||6.4%|
|Independent||Rosie Fuala'au Tago Lancaster||286||2.6%|
|Democratic||Tu'au Kereti Mata'Utia Jr||160||1.6%|
Radewagen has been involved in helping build democratic institutions internationally. 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. She began advocating on behalf of breast cancer awareness after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993.
She is a founding member of the American Samoa Society and a life member of the Capitol Hill Club. She has also been a member of organizations such as Guam Society of America, Hawaii State Society, Women's Foreign Policy Group, and the Independent Women's Forum. She is a current member of the Pan Pacific and Southeast Asia Women's Association. In 2003, Radewagen became the first Pacific Islander chosen as "Outstanding Woman of the Year" by the National Association of Professional Asian American Women (NAPAW). In 2008, she received the International Leadership Foundation's Visionary Award. In 2013, she received both the Inspirational Speaker Award at the Samoan Athletes Heart of Champions Ceremony in La Mesa, CA, as well as the Trailblazer Award from the Republican National Convention. She is a current board member at the Field House 100 American Samoa.