WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 14, 2014) — The 2014 midterms not only gave Republicans a historic win in the United States Senate, but the U.S. House of Representatives gained a new delegate to represent the American Samoa, Amata Coleman Radewagen. As the first woman elected to Congress from American Samoa, Radewagen unseated a Democrat incumbent Eni Faleomavaega by taking 42 percent of the total vote to his 30 percent with a former two-term Democrat governor falling behind with 11 percent.
Congresswoman-elect Radewagen will be the highest ranking elected Republican Asian Pacific American officeholder in the country, and the first woman delegate from American Samoa. She is also the most senior National Committeewoman of the RNC, and has served as the committeewoman from American Samoa since June 1986. She plans on maintaining her role at the RNC, representing the people of American Samoa to the Republican Party.
“I value my service to the RNC,” Amata told Chairman Reince Priebus, “and want to help build on the momentum we developed nationally in this campaign.” After dropping to a 26 percent share of the vote nationally in the 2012 election, Republicans rebounded this year to capture 50 percent of the Asian Pacific American vote to 49 percent for Democrats.
Amata served on President George H. W. Bush’s national APA Advisory Council for his 1992 campaign, and hopes that the 2016 Republican presidential nominee can garner at least the 55 percent level of APA support Republicans achieved in President Bush’s election.
The successful election of Amata Coleman Radewagen inspires all APAs to get more involved with politics and the electoral process. She will continue to be a leader and role model to APAs nationwide.
Read her full bio here: https://gop.com/leaders/ national-committeewoman-amata- radewagen-as