Faleomavaega was the representative from American Samoa and was a Democrat. He served from 1989 to 2014.
Because American Samoa is a territory of the United States, and not a state, its representative in the House of Representatives is a delegate with limited voting privileges — Faleomavaega can currently vote in committee and in certain votes on the House floor, but not if their vote would be decisive. Delegates have a marginalized role in Congress and their constituents are not represented in Congress in the same manner as most citizens.
Read our 2014 Report Card for Faleomavaega.
Faleomavaega is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2014 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Faleomavaega sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 11, 2014. See full analysis methodology.
Faleomavaega was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 2010 (108th): To protect the voting rights of members of the Armed Services in elections for the Delegate representing American Samoa in the United States House of Representatives, and ...
- H.R. 982 (108th): To clarify the tax treatment of bonds and other obligations issued by the Government of American Samoa.
- H.R. 2584 (108th): To provide for the conveyance to the Utrok Atoll local government of a decommissioned National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 1712 (107th): To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to make adjustments to the boundary of the National Park of American Samoa to include certain portions of the islands ...
- H.J.Res. 271 (103rd): Designating November of each year as “National American Indian Heritage Month”.
- H.J.Res. 577 (101st): To authorize and request the President to proclaim the month of November 1990, and thereafter as “Native American Indian Heritage Month”.
- H.R. 5329 (101st): To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 relating to wage order determinations in American Samoa.
Does 7 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Faleomavaega sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Faleomavaega’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 714 (113th): To reaffirm the strong support of the United States Government for the ...
- H.R. 4311 (113th): To amend the Wagner-Peyser Act to include American Samoa in the employment ...
- H.R. 1679 (113th): To amend the Expedited Funds Availability Act to clarify the application of ...
- H.R. 1279 (113th): United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement Fairness Act of 2013
- H.R. 1278 (113th): Non-Disparagement of Native American Persons or Peoples in Trademark Registration Act of ...
- H.R. 772 (113th): To promote peaceful and collaborative resolution of the South China Sea dispute.
- H.R. 338 (113th): Stop Tobacco Smuggling in the Territories Act of 2013
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