Amata Coleman Radewagen

Amata Coleman Radewagen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from American Samoa's At-large district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Eni Faleomavaega
Personal details
Born Amata Catherine Coleman[1]
(1947-12-29) December 29, 1947
Pago Pago, American Samoa
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Fred Radewagen
Children 3[1]
Parents Peter Tali Coleman
Nora Stewart Coleman
Residence Pago Pago[2]
Alma mater University of Guam (B.S.)[3]
Loyola Marymount University[2]
George Mason University[2]
Religion Roman Catholic[4]
Website Congressional website

Amata Catherine Coleman Radewagen (born December 29, 1947) is the Delegate for the United States House of Representatives from American Samoa. Radewagen, a Republican, was elected on November 4, 2014, defeating Democratic incumbent Eni Faleomavaega. She began her tenure on January 3, 2015.[5]

Political career

From 1997 to 1999, Radewagen served on the staff of United States Representative Phil Crane of Illinois.[6] She served on the staff of United States Representative J.C. Watts, Jr. of Oklahoma from 1999 to 2003.[6] After that, she served on the staff of the House Republican Conference from 2003 to 2005.[6]

Radewagen was appointed in 2001, by President George W. Bush, as the White House Commissioner for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI); she chaired the Community Security Committee.[7] Radewagen was the only Pacific Islander on the 15-member commission.[7]

Since 1994, Radewagen has participated in every federal election.[8] Since 1986, she represents the American Samoa Republican Party in the Republican National Committee.[5][9] Radewagen is the most senior member.[7][10]

United States House of Representatives

2014 election

Radewagen ran for American Samoa's at-large congressional district in the 2014 elections. She defeated the Democratic incumbent Delegate Eni Faleomavaega, 42% to 31%; former Democratic Governor Togiola Tulafono finishing third at 11%, in a nine-way contest.[11][12]


Radewagen assumed office on January 3, 2015. Upon taking office, she became the Republican Party's highest ranking Asian Pacific federal officeholder in the United States.[7]

Committee assignments

Other activity

Radewagen has been involved in helping build democratic institutions internationally.[7] As a trainer since 1992, she has participated in missions to Kazakhstan, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, and Morocco for the International Republican Institute and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, among other activities.[7]

Personal life

Radewagen is a graduate of Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu.[13] She is the daughter of Peter Tali Coleman, the first popularly elected Governor of American Samoa, and Nora Stewart Coleman, the former First Lady of American Samoa.[5][7] Radewagen has twelve siblings.[7] She is married to Fred Radewagen, and they have three children, and two grandchildren.[7]

Radewagen holds the orator (talking chief) title of Aumua from the Village of Pago Pago, where she is a registered voter.[7]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

  1. 1 2 "Amata Catherine Coleman". Retrieved April 23, 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 Candice S. Miller; Robert A. Brady (November 7, 2014). "New Member Pictorial Directory" (PDF). Government Printing Office. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  3. "National Committeewoman". Republican National Committee. 2012. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  4. "US Representative Aumua Radewagen (Republican Party)". Legislative Action Center. Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  5. 1 2 3 Fili Sagapolutele (November 9, 2014). "1st Woman Elected as American Samoa Delegate". Associated Press. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  6. 1 2 3 "RADEWAGEN, Aumua Amata Coleman". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  7. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 "Biography". U.S. Representative Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  8. "Amata Thanks American Samoa Voters". Radio New Zealand International. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  9. "Aumua Amata's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  10. Gizzi, John (February 9, 2015). "American Samoa's Radewagen Can Make a Difference in Committees". Marianas Variety. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  11. Cama, Timothy (November 5, 2014) – "American Samoa Delegate Loses Seat". The Hill. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  12. Official Results of the General Election 2014 American Samoa Election Office. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  13. "RADEWAGEN, Amata Coleman". Office of the Historian. United States House of Representatives. Retrieved January 29, 2015.

External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Eni Faleomavaega
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from American Samoa's At-large congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Stacey Plaskett
United States Delegates by seniority
Preceded by
United States Delegates by seniority
Order of Precedence of the United States Succeeded by
Alejandro García Padilla
as Governor of Puerto Rico
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