Sam Slom

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Sam Slom
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Member of the Hawaii Senate
from the 9th district
In office
January 1997 – January 21, 2017
Preceded by Donna R. Ikeda
Succeeded by Stanley Chang
Personal details
Born (1942-04-13) April 13, 1942 (age 78)
Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Republican
Profession Attorney

Samuel Morgan Slom (born April 13, 1942) is an American politician and a former member of the Hawaii Senate, where he represented the 9th District (which included Hawaii Kai, Aina Haina, Kahala and Diamond Head on the island of Oahu) from 1996 to 2016. Between 2010 and 2016, Slom was the sole Republican member of the Hawaii Senate. He is a native of Allentown, Pennsylvania.


Slom formerly served as chief economist for the Bank of Hawaii. [1] From 1983 until 2014, Slom served as the president and executive director of Smart Business Hawaii, a chamber of commerce that said it was more small business-oriented than the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. [2] [3]

In 1996, Slom challenged incumbent Democrat Donna R. Ikeda to represent the 8th district in the Senate of Hawaii. [4] Slom won the election, defeating Ikeda, 12,191 votes to 7,312. [4] The Honolulu Star-Bulletin called the election a "huge election night upset". [5]

Following the retirement of Senator Fred Hemmings, Slom became the sole Republican in the 25-member Senate between 2010 and 2017. Slom served on all sixteen Senate standing committees. He had to depend on a Democratic colleague to second every motion that he made on the Senate floor (otherwise, the motion dies for lack of a second). Lynn Finnegan, an outgoing Republican member of the Hawaii House of Representatives who ran unsuccessfully for Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, described Slom's challenge as communicating with Republican constituents across the state who will pressure Democratic lawmakers to consider alternative proposals on some issues. [6]

Former Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang defeated Slom in the 2016 elections, which made the Senate of Hawaii the only legislative chamber in the United States with a single party holding all seats. [7] Slom received 47% of the vote. [8]

Early life and education

Slom was raised in a Reform Jewish family [9] and received an LL.B from La Salle Law School in 1966 and a BA in Government/Economics from the University of Hawaii in 1963. [10]

Political experience and activities

Slom held the following positions in the Hawaii State Senate:

  • Senate Minority Leader, Hawaii State Senate, 2010–2017
  • Minority Floor Leader, Hawaii State Senate, 1996–2017
  • Vice Chairman, Senate Committee for Economic Development and Technology

Former legislative committees and subcommittees

Slom was a member of the following committees:

  • Agriculture, Member
  • Commerce and Consumer Protection, Member
  • Economic Development and Technology, Vice Chair
  • Education, Member
  • Energy and Environment, Member
  • Hawaiian Affairs, Member
  • Health, Member
  • Higher Education, Member
  • Human Services, Member
  • Judiciary and Labor, Member
  • Public Safety and Military Affairs, Member
  • Technology and the Arts, Member
  • Tourism and Government Operations, Member
  • Transportation and International Affairs, Member
  • Water and Land, Member
  • Ways and Means, Member [10]

Slom was a member of the following subcommittee:

  • Joint House and Senate Committee for Hawaii Health Connector Oversight, Member


  1. ^ Yuen, Mike. " Three candidates challenging Ikeda They're branding the state senator as being out of touch with her constituents". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. May 21, 1996.
  2. ^ Lynch, Russ. " It's time for Hawaii to become business friendly, says the new Chamber of Commerce chief Showing Aloha Spirit for Business. Honolulu Star-Bulletin. March 19, 1996.
  3. ^ Davis, Chelsea (December 27, 2014). ""Voice of Hawaii small businesses" closes". Hawaii News Now.
  4. ^ a b " Hawaii Results". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. November 6, 1996.
  5. ^ Yuen, Mike. " Election Aftermath: Collaboration may replace confrontation - One of the results of the general election could be a state Legislature with a different style". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. November 7, 1996.
  6. ^ "GOP has only one vote in Hawaii senate", Laredo Morning Times, Laredo, Texas, November 14, 2010, p. 13A
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  9. ^ Klug, Lisa (20 July 2016). "A small island of Judaism in Hawaiian politics". Times of Israel.
  10. ^ a b "Senator Samuel 'Sam' M. Slom's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 5 December 2012.

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