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The Honorable Togiola T.A. Tulafono

American Samoa’s Fifty-second Governor, and Fourth Elected Samoan Governor

March 26, 2003 - present

Luncheon Keynote

Togiola T.A. Tulafono was born on February 28, 1947 on Aunu’u Island, American Samoa and graduated from the High School of American Samoa-Samoana in 1966. He graduated from the Honolulu Police Academy in 1967 and received a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from Chadron State College. He received his Doctor of Laws degree in 1975 and was admitted to the Kansas Supreme Court and the High Court of American Samoa in 1975.

From 1975 to 1977, he was a partner in an American Samoan law firm. In 1978, he was appointed as a District Court Judge until 1980, when he was elected as a Senator from Sa’ole and Sua Counties. He has been a member of bar associations in Kansas since 1975 and American Samoa, and was a member of the American Bar Association from 1975 to 1980.

He served as chairman of the inaugural Board of Directors of the American Samoa Power Authority and as chairman of the inaugural Board of Higher Education.

He has been listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the West and Outstanding Young Men of America and was elected as Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa in 1996 and 2000.

Governor Tulafono currently serves on the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force and is the longest serving member with strong leadership and interest in regional issues such as Climate Change.

Togiola currently serves as Chairman for the 2008 Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa (CCCAS) Assembly and will serve until July 2010.

He was sworn in as Governor on April 7, 2003, after the sudden passing of Governor Tauese Sunia, and was elected as Governor on November 16, 2004. He was sworn in as Governor on January 3, 2005 and re-elected for a second term as Governor on November 4, 2008. He is married to Mary Ann Taufa‘asau Mauga, and they have six children and many grandchildren.