8 Jan 2015

American Samoa delegate sworn in to US Congress

9:42 am on 8 January 2015

Aumua Amata Radewagen has been sworn in as American Samoa's delegate to the US Congress.

She took two oaths of office, one with colleagues on the House floor and earlier a ceremonial swearing-in by House Speaker John Boehner in his Office.

Aumua who is the first woman to hold American Samoa's seat in Congress said she was elated.

"It's a very humbling experience, I am just in awe by everything and just to be here at the tip of the leadership in the United States. I thank God and I thank the people of American Samoa for giving me this opportunity to serve them."

Aumua replaces long time delegate for American Samoa Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin who served 13 terms.

She is expected in the terriotry this weekend to meet with the Governor and Fono leaders to discuss issues affecting American Samoa they want her to focus on.

She will also give a report on her first week in office.

Aumua Amata, American Samoa

Aumua Amata, American Samoa Photo: RNZI correspondent