Lolo Matalasi Moliga
|57th Governor of American Samoa|
January 3, 2013
|Lieutenant||Lemanu Peleti Mauga|
|Born||Tau, American Samoa, U.S.|
|Political party||Democratic (Before 2011;|
|Education||Chadron State College (BA)|
San Diego State University
Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga is an American Samoan politician, former educator, businessman, and former President of the Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS) from 2009 to 2012. Moliga was elected Governor of American Samoa in the 2012 gubernatorial election.
Moliga was born in Ta'u, Manu'a, American Samoa. His father was High Chief Moliga Sa'ena Auauna Moliga, who was from Ta'u. His mother, Soali'i Galea'i, was a native of both Fitiuta and Olosega. He attended Papatea Junior Elementary and attended Samoana High School before graduating from Manu'a High School. Moliga holds a bachelor's degree in education from Chadron State College in the U.S. state of Nebraska. He received a master's degree in public administration from San Diego State University on July 30, 2012.
Moliga began his career as a teacher. He then became an elementary school principal before becoming the principal of Manu'a High School in the Manu'a Islands. He would later become an elementary and secondary education administrator within the American Samoan Department of Education. He also served as director of the ASG Budget Office, as well as American Samoa's chief procurement officer for two terms. Outside of public office, Moliga owns a construction firm.
Moliga was elected to the American Samoa House of Representatives for four terms. He later became a Senator within the American Samoa Senate, where he served as the body's senate president from 2005 until 2008. Moliga, while still a member of the Senate, considered a candidacy in the 2008 gubernatorial election, but withdrew from the race before announcing a potential running mate citing existing commitments.
In October 2011, Moliga became the second candidate to declare his intention to run in the 2012 gubernatorial election. He chose Senator Lemanu Peleti Mauga as his running mate for Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa. Mauga, a retired member of the U.S. Army, served as the chairman of both the Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Senate Homeland Security Committee in the American Samoan Senate.
Moliga resigned as the president of the Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS) to focus on his gubernatorial campaign.
Moliga faced five other candidates in the 2012 gubernatorial election on November 6, 2012 and received the most votes, but not more than the 50% required to win. The runoff was held November 20, 2012, resulting in Moliga defeating Lieutenant Governor Faoa Aitofele Sunia.