Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga

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Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga
Lolo Moliga by James Kneubuhl.jpg
57th Governor of American Samoa
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Lieutenant Lemanu Peleti Mauga
Preceded by Togiola Tulafono
Personal details
Born 1949 (age 64–65)
Silli, American Samoa, U.S.
Political party Independent
Alma mater Chadron State College
San Diego State University
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Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga (born 1949) is an American Samoan politician, former educator, businessman, and former President of the Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS) from 2009 to 2012.[1][2] Moliga was a candidate for Governor of American Samoa in the 2012 gubernatorial election, which he won.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Moliga was born in Ta'u, Manu'a, American Samoa. His father was High Chief Moliga Sa'ena Auauna 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 the U.S. state of Nebraska. He received a master's degree in public administration from San Diego State University on July 30, 2012.[4]

Career[edit]

Moliga began his career as a teacher.[2] He then became an elementary school principal before becoming the principal of Manu'a High School in the Manu'a Islands.[2] He would later become an elementary and secondary education administrator within the American Samoan Department of Education.[2] He also served as director of the ASG Budget Office, as well as American Samoa's chief procurement officer for two terms.[2] Outside of public office, Moliga owns a construction firm.[2]

Political career[edit]

Moliga was elected to the American Samoa House of Representatives for four terms.[2] He later became a Senator within the American Samoa Senate, where he served as the body's senate president.[2] 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.[2]

Moliga was appointed as president of the Development Bank of American Samoa by Governor Togiola Tulafono and confirmed by the Senate.[2]

2012 gubernatorial election[edit]

In October 2011, Moliga became the second candidate to declare his intention to run in the 2012 gubernatorial election.[2] He chose Senator Lemanu Peleti Mauga as his running mate for Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa.[2] 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.[2]

Moliga resigned as the president of the Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS) to focus on his gubernatorial campaign.[2]

Moliga faced five other candidates in the 2012 gubernatorial election on November 6, 2012[3] 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.[5]

References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Togiola Tulafono
Governor of American Samoa
2013–present
Incumbent