25 Jan 2010

American Samoa leaders mark passing of long serving Sanator

10:24 am on 25 January 2010

American Samoa governor Togiola Tulafono and Congressman Faleomavaega Eni have expressed their sadness after learning of the death last Friday of territorial senator Tuanaitau Tuia, the longest serving member of the American Samoa Legislature.

The Governor described Tuanaitau as a statesman, adding that American Samoa had gained so much as a people from the late senator.

In Washington, Faleomavaega said Tuanaitau was one of American Samoa's most effective and dynamic leaders in the past 50 years, especially as former Speaker of the House and successful church and business leader of the community.

Tuanaitau, who passed away last Friday at the age of 89, served in the Fono for 49 years and 18 years as Speaker of the House of Representatives.