HC Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga
High Chief Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga is currently serving a second term as Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa. He was elected twice on the same gubernatorial ticket with Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga, first in November 2012 and again in November 2016.
Born as Peleti Mauga in the village of Nu’uuli, he later was bestowed the traditional High Chief title “Lemanu” by his family in Sa’ilele of Sua County, American Samoa. His parents are the late Sialega Palepoi Mauga of Nu’uuli, Pago Pago, and Sa’ilele, and Iva Pedro of Swains Island. He was married to the late Pohakalani Dawn Bailey. They have three sons – Peleti Jr., Palepoi, and Punalehua. Lt. Governor Lemanu is an ordained “deacon” with the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa (CCCAS) in the village of Sa’ilele.
Lieutenant Governor Lemanu 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. He graduated from Waianae High School in Hawaii after attending Samoana High School, American Samoa. He attended Matafao Elementary School in Faga’alu, American Samoa.
SERVICE TO UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A retired Officer of the U.S. Army (Major: O-4), Lemanu first joined the military in 1978 and served six years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an Enlisted. He re-enlisted through the U.S. Army and served 17 more years in the U.S. Armed Services. During his 23 years of military service, he has held many leadership positions. He served his country in two separate wars – firstly during the Persian Gulf War (Dessert Shield and Storm) as an Infantry Platoon Leader, and secondly in the War on Terrorism (Operation Iraqi Freedom) when he was recalled back from retirement to Active Duty as an Operations Officer.
SERVICE TO AMERICAN SAMOA
Prior to being elected Lieutenant Governor, High Chief Lemanu served as Senator for Sua County #2 in the American Samoa Legislature or Fono. He has held many other leadership positions in both the American Samoa Government and the United States Armed Forces.
Upon retiring the U.S. military, Lemanu served the American Samoa Government in a variety of leadership positions. He was Director of Army Instructions (DAI) in the American Samoa Department of Education-JROTC Program. He was Chief of the Office of Property Management, American Samoa Government, as well as Military Liaison for the Governor’s Office.
In the Senate, Lemanu served as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Budget & Appropriations as well as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Immigration, and Legal Affairs. He was appointed Senate Representative to the Association of Pacific Islands Legislature (APIL). He also was appointed the Senate representative to the Board of Directors for the Development Bank of American Samoa where he was elected Vice Chairman.