Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga

American Samoa

Early Years: Born in 1949 in the village of Nu’uuli, Mauga was later bestowed the traditional High Chief title “Lemanu” by his family in Sa’ilele of Sua County, American Samoa.

Education: Mauga graduted from Waianae High School in Hawaii after attending Samoana High School in American Samoa. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from San Diego State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Hawaii-Manoa, and Associate of Arts from American Samoa Community College.

Career: Mauga joined the military in 1978 and served six years in the U.S. Marine Corps, before re-enlisting through the U.S. Army and serving 17 more years in the Armed Services. Upon retiring from the military, Mauga served the American Samoa Government as a Director of Army Instructions in the Department of Education-JROTC Program. He was also Chief of the Office of Property Management, as well as Military Liaison for the Governor’s Office. Mauga then served as Senator for Sua County #2 in the American Samoa Legislature, prior to being elected Lieutenant Governor in 2012 and again in 2016.

About American Samoa

Nickname: Let God Be First

Capital: Pago Pago

Population: 54,194

Size: The state covers 77 square miles

Economic drivers: territorial government, tuna cannery

Did you know? About 30 ethnic Samoans from American Samoa have played in the National Football League, and more than 200 in NCAA Division I college football.

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