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Lolo Matalasi Moliga

Lolo Matalasi Moliga
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7th Governor of American Samoa

January 3, 2013 - January 3, 2021
LieutenantPeleti Mauga
Togiola Tulafono
Peleti Mauga
Personal details
Born (1947-08-12) August 12, 1947 (age 74)
Ta, American Samoa, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic (before 2011, 2016-present)[1]
Independent (2011-2015)[2]
Spouse(s)Cynthia Malala
EducationChadron State College (BA)
San Diego State University

Lolo Letalu Matalasi (born August 12, 1947)[3] is an American Samoan politician, educator, and businessman.[4][5] He served as the 7th Governor of American Samoa, from 2013 to 2021.

Early life and education

Moliga was born in Ta, Manu'a, American Samoa. His father was High Chief Moliga Sa'ena Aunuua Moliga, who was from Ta'u. His mother, Soali'i Galea'i, was a native of both Fitiuta and Olosega. He attended Papatea Junior Elementary and attended Samoana High School before graduating from Manu'a High School. Moliga holds a bachelor's degree in education from Chadron State College in Nebraska. He received a master's degree in public administration from San Diego State University on July 30, 2012.[6]


Moliga began his career as a teacher.[5] He then became an elementary school principal before becoming the principal of Manu'a High School in the Manu'a Islands.[5] He would later become an elementary and secondary education administrator within the American Samoan Department of Education.[5] He also served as director of the ASG Budget Office, as well as American Samoa's chief procurement officer for two terms.[5] Outside of public office, Moliga owns a construction firm.[5]


Moliga was elected to the American Samoa House of Representatives for four terms.[5] He later became a Senator within the American Samoa Senate, where he served as the body's senate president from 2005 until 2008.[5] Moliga, while still a member of the Senate, considered a candidacy in the 2008 gubernatorial election, but withdrew from the race before announcing a potential running mate citing existing commitments.[5]

Moliga was appointed as president of the Development Bank of American Samoa by Governor Togiola Tulafono and confirmed by the Senate.[5]

2012 gubernatorial election

In October 2011, Moliga became the second candidate to declare his intention to run in the 2012 gubernatorial election.[5] He chose Senator Lemanu Peleti Mauga as his running mate for Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa.[5] Mauga, a retired member of the U.S. Army, served as the chairman of both the Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Senate Homeland Security Committee in the American Samoan Senate.[5]

Moliga resigned as the president of the Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS) to focus on his gubernatorial campaign.[5]

Moliga faced five other candidates in the 2012 gubernatorial election on November 6, 2012[7] and received the most votes, but not more than the 50% required to win. The runoff was held November 20, 2012, resulting in Moliga defeating Lieutenant Governor Faoa Aitofele Sunia.[8]

2016 gubernatorial election

Moliga won re-election on November 8, 2016 with 60.2% of the vote, defeating Faoa Aitofele Sunia and Tuika Tuika.[9]

COVID-19 pandemic

On March 16, 2020, Moliga went into voluntary self-isolation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Moliga had previously traveled to Seattle and Hawaii, which had experienced cases of COVID-19.[10]

Democratic National Convention

The United States Department of Defense is investigating two masked, uniformed soldiers who joined Moliga when he appeared online during the 2020 Democratic National Convention because uniformed soldiers are not permitted to participate in partisan events.[11]

See also


  1. ^ "American Samoa Governor Lolo Moliga". Democratic Governors Association. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "American Samoa Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "72nd birthday, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga". Samoa News. August 11, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ Marquis Who's Who
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Sagapolutele, Fili (October 19, 2011). "Lolo and Lemanu declare their candidacy for governor and lt. governor in the 2012 general election". Samoa News. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ Feagaimaalii-Luamanu, Joyetter (August 1, 2012). "Historic Double Cohort Yesterday Awards 51 Masters Degrees". Samoa News. Archived from the original on August 3, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ "6 candidates vie to be American Samoa's governor". Real Clear Politics. Associated Press. September 4, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^
  9. ^ "General Election 2016 Results Governor and Lt. Governor November 8, 2016 - Unofficial" (PDF). American Samoa Government - Election Office. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 16, 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "COVID-19: American Samoa governor self-isolates as a precaution". Radio New Zealand. March 16, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  11. ^ Feldscher, Jacqueline. "Army investigating soldiers who appeared in DNC video". Politico. Retrieved 2020.

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Preceded by Governor of American Samoa
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by Democratic nominee for Governor of American Samoa
Succeeded by

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