Fofó Iosefa Fiti Sunia

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Fofó Sunia
Fofó Iosefa Fiti Sunia 99th Congress 1985.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from American Samoa's At-large district
In office
January 3, 1981 – September 6, 1988
Preceded by office established
Succeeded by Eni Faleomavaega
Personal details
Born (1937-03-13) March 13, 1937 (age 80)
Pago Pago, American Samoa
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Hawaii

Fofó Iosefa Fiti Sunia (born March 13, 1937) was the first non-voting Delegate from American Samoa to the United States House of Representatives. He was born in Fagasá, Pago Pago, and attended the University of Hawaii.

Sunia was the administrative officer for the Samoan affairs-liaison functions for the Governor of American Samoa, and served as a translator and interpreter and an election commissioner from 1961 to 1966. He founded the Samoan News newspaper in 1964 and became director of tourism for the Government of American Samoa in 1966, serving until 1970. Sunia was elected a territorial Senator in 1970 and was a member of the legislature until 1978. He also formerly served as president and chairman of the American Samoan Development Corporation.

Sunia was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives, and served from January 3, 1981 until his resignation on September 6, 1988, after he was indicted on federal charges of running a payroll padding scheme. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five to fifteen months in prison and to pay $65,000 in restitution.[1]

He is currently a resident of Pago Pago.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
None – first in line
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from American Samoa

January 3, 1981–September 6, 1988
Succeeded by
Eni Fa'aua'a Hunkin Faleomavaega, Jr.