HC Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga
served two terms as Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa. Lemanu was elected in 2012 and again in 2016 with Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga. Born in the village of Nu’uuli, Lemanu was later 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 is an ordained “Deacon” with the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa (CCCAS) in the village of Sa’ilele.
Spouse & Children
Governor Lemanu is married to Ella Gaea Perefoti Failautusi, daughter of Gaea Perefoti Failautusi and the late Patopae Liu Failautusi. Mrs. Ella Mauga was born and raised in her village of Vaitogi. She is currently serving in active duty in the United States Army as a Financial Management Inspector with the 1-25th Financial Management Support Unit at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Sergeant First Class (SFC) Ella Mauga deployed 5 times to the Middle East in support of the War on Terrorism: Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Lemanu was previously married to the late Pohakalani D. Bailey Mauga. Together, Lemanu and Ella have four children.
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 an Associate of Arts from the American Samoa Community College. Lemanu graduated from Waianae High School in Hawaii after attending Samoana High School in American Samoa. He attended Matafao Elementary School in Faga’alu, American Samoa.
Lemanu first joined the military in 1978 as an enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He went back to college and graduated in 1982, receiving his commission as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army. He was deployed to the Persian Gulf War as an Infantry Platoon Leader, Operations Desert Shield and Operations Desert Storm. He retired briefly from the military in 2005. During this brief retirement period, Lemanu served the American Samoa Government in a variety of leadership positions.
Lemanu was Director of Army Instructions in the American Samoa Department of Education - JROTC Program. During the height of the War on Terrorism, Operation Iraqi Freedom, our nation was in great need for specialized military experience and skills, so Lemanu was recalled to active duty and sent immediately to combat zone in Iraq in 2006 as an Operations Officer. After serving in Iraq, he finally retired from the U.S Army in late 2007. He served a total of 23 years in the U.S. military.
Lemanu again returned to serve the American Samoa Government as Chief of the Office of Property Management and as Military Liaison for the Governor’s Office from 2007 to 2009. Lemanu received the honor from his district of Sua County #2, to serve as the county’s Senator in the Fono. In the Senate, Senator Lemanu served as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Budget & Appropriations, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Immigration, and Legal Affairs.
Lemanu served many other Senate Committees as Vice Chairman and or member. Senator Lemanu was appointed a Senate Representative to the Association of Pacific Islands Legislature (APIL). Senator Lemanu was also appointed as the Senate representative to the Board of Directors for the Development Bank of American Samoa, where he was elected Vice Chairman of the Board.
Lemanu loves spending time with his family. He enjoys reading, listening to music, hiking, swimming, canoe paddling, fautasi rowing, playing volleyball, racquetball and basketball.
Talauega Eleasalo “Salo” Va’alele Ale
is the son of the late Va’alele Togia Tuiolosega La’apui Ale of Fitiuta, Ofu and Olosega, Manu’a, and the late Aiga Leutele Talauega Taveuveu Ale of Nua & Se’etaga, Tutuila and Falefa, Samoa. Talauega serves as General Counsel of the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa (CCCAS) General Assembly, and Vice President of the Marist Brothers Crusaders Alumni Association. He is Treasurer of the Nua & Se’etaga CCCAS, where he is also an ordained Deacon, and a life-long member of the Lotofuatiaifo Choir. Talauega is also active in the community through his responsibilities as a matai – he holds the chiefly orator title “Talauega”from the village of Nua & Se’etaga, District of Lealataua. He was born and raised in the village of Nua & Se’etaga.
Spouse & Children
Lieutenant Governor Talauega is married to Marian Tiare McGuire of the Aulava family in Lauli’i. They have 3 children and reside in Nua & Se’etaga. Marian is also an attorney, practicing law at a locally owned law firm. Prior to returning to private practice, Marian served the American Samoa Government as Legal Counsel for the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency and as a Chief Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Attorney General.
A product of our local education system, Talauega graduated from the Marist Brothers’ Elementary School in Atu’u (1982), and High School in Malaeloa where he was elected student body president (1986). He went on to receive a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Truman State University in 1990, and earned his juris doctor degree from Drake University Law School, graduating with honors in 1994.
Between college and law school, Talauega worked as a Legislative Assistant to the Honorable Daniel K. Inouye, United States Senator of Hawaii (May 1990-June 1991). After law school, he served as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable James S. Burns, Chief Judge of the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals (July 1994 – June 1995).
Talauega spent the next seventeen years practicing law in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the international law firm of Faegre & Benson (now Faegre Drinker), where he made partner in 2003. At Faegre, Talauega developed a successful law practice representing, among others, Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and public entities. He is one of the first Samoans to earn partner status in a major U.S. and international law firm.
In 2012, Talauega returned home to care for his elderly mother and fulfill his goal of serving the people of American Samoa. He joined the Attorney General’s Office serving as a Deputy Attorney General for Attorney General Fepulea’i Arthur Ripley, and continued his service as Deputy with Attorney General Afoa Leulumoega Lutu.
In January 2014, Talauega was appointed by Governor Lolo Moliga and confirmed by the Fono as the 7th locally appointed Attorney General of American Samoa. In January 2017, he was reappointed and re-confirmed to continue serving as Attorney General. Some of the most significant and historical constitutional cases brought on behalf of the government have been undertaken during Talauega’s time as AG-including the Large Vessel Protected Area and US citizenship cases.
As required by law, Talauega resigned as AG on February 16, 2020 to enter the gubernatorial race with Lt. Governor Lemanu Mauga. He recently opened his private law practice – Ale Law – serving business and public entity clients in complex legal matters.
Lieutenant Governor Talauega serves as General Counsel of the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa (CCCAS) General Assembly, and Vice President of the Marist Brothers Crusaders Alumni Association. He is Treasurer of the Nua & Se’etaga CCCAS, where he is also an ordained Deacon, and a life-long member of the Lotofuatiaifo Choir. Talauega is also active in the community through his responsibilities as a matai – he holds the chiefly orator title”Talauega”from the village of Nua & Se’etaga, District of Lealataua.
Talauega enjoys spending quality time with his children and family, listening to and performing music, reading and gardening.