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|Member of the Hawaii Senate
from the 9th district
April 13, 1942 |
Samuel Morgan Slom (born April 13, 1942), known as Sam Slom, is the Republican member of the Hawaii Senate. Since 1996, he has represented the 9th District, which includes Hawaii Kai, Aina Haina, Kahala and Diamond Head on the island of Oahu. As the sole Republican senator, he is the senate minority leader and floor leader of the Hawaiian Senate. He also serves on all 16 Senate committees and on every special committee and subcommittee. He is a native of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Slom is the president and executive director of Smart Business Hawaii.
Slom is the sole Republican in the 25-member Senate since it reconvened after the 2010 elections and is, therefore, minority leader. Slom technically serves on all sixteen Senate committees but obviously he cannot physically attend all of the meetings. He must depend on a Democratic colleague to second a motion that he makes on the Senate floor or the motion will die for lack of a second. Lynn Finnegan, an outgoing Republican member of the Hawaii House of Representatives who ran unsuccessfully for Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, describes Slom's challenge as communicating with Republican constituents across the state who will pressure Democratic lawmakers to consider alternative proposals on some issues.
A second Republican senator, Fred Hemmings, did not seek reelection in 2010 and was replaced by a Democrat. No other U.S. state's legislative body has just one member of the minority party, although the Council of the District of Columbia has only Democrats and independents.
Slom has been vocal against conspiracy theories regarding President Obama's birth certificate. Slom asserted that Obama was born in Hawaii, but was withholding his birth certificate because he was reluctant to share the real identity of his father.[clarification needed] When interviewed by Byron York, Slom said that he had worked with Madelyn Dunham at the Bank of Hawaii, and had met the then teen-aged Obama. He also said he had known Neil Abercrombie when Abercrombie was demonstrating for the Students for a Democratic Society and Slom was demonstrating for the Young Americans for Freedom during the Vietnam War; Slom said he could not understand why Abercrombie was trying to release Obama's long-form birth certificate.
Slom received an LL.B from La Salle Law School in 1966 and a BA in Government/Economics from the University of Hawaii in 1963.
Political experience and activities
Slom holds the following positions in the Hawaii State Senate:
- Senate Minority Leader, Hawaii State Senate, 2010–present
- Minority Floor Leader, Hawaii State Senate, 1996–present
- Senator, Hawaii State Senate, 1996–present
- Vice Chairman, Senate Committee for Economic Development and Technology
During consideration of Senate Bill 1109, which ensures that victims of sexual assault are provided with medically and factually unbiased information about and access to emergency contraception when receiving emergency medical care at Hawaii’s hospitals for sexual assaults, Slom tried and failed to amend the bill to allow hospitals to claim a religious exemption instead of distributing the morning-after pill.
Current legislative committees and subcommittees
Slom is a member of the following committees:
- Agriculture, Member
- Commerce and Consumer Protection, Member
- Economic Development and Technology, Vice Chair
- Education, Member
- Energy and Environment, Member
- Hawaiian Affairs, Member
- Health, Member
- Higher Education, Member
- Human Services, Member
- Judiciary and Labor, Member
- Public Safety and Military Affairs, Member
- Technology and the Arts, Member
- Tourism and Government Operations, Member
- Transportation and International Affairs, Member
- Water and Land, Member
- Ways and Means, Member
Slom is a member of the following subcommittee:
- Joint House and Senate Committee for Hawaii Health Connector Oversight, Member
- "GOP has only one vote in Hawaii senate", Laredo Morning Times, Laredo, Texas, November 14, 2010, p. 13A
- York, Byron (2011-02-24). "In Hawaii, a dispiriting glimpse of one-party rule". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- "Senator Samuel 'Sam' M. Slom's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
- Hawaii Senate Minority official website
- Hawaii State Legislature - Senator Sam Slom official government site