American Samoa’s longest serving U.S. House delegate dies
American Samoa’s longestserving non-voting delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, Eni H. Faleomavaega, has died. He was 73.
His sister-in-law, Therese Hunkin, didn’t disclose how the former 13-term delegate died Wednesday but said he was at his home in Provo, Utah.
“He passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family and a few close friends,’’ Hunkin said in a brief phone interview from Provo.
The House delegate for American Samoa, which is a U.S. territory about 2,300 miles south of Hawaii, can vote in committee but not on the House floor. Faleomavaega, a Democrat, became a congressional delegate in 1989 and held the position for 13 consecutive terms.