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Sam Slom

Sen. Sam Slom is a Republican in the Hawaii Senate, where he is the minority leader.
He represents Hawaii’s 8th District, which includes Hawaii Kai, Aina Haina, Kahala and Diamond Head.
As of the 2010 election, Slom is the only Republican serving in the 25-member state Senate. As such, he currently serves on all 14 Senate committees, including Ways and Means and Judiciary and Labor.

Slom is originally from Pennsylvania. He attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in economics and government in 1963. He also earned a Bachelor of Law degree in 1966 from LaSalle Law School in Chicago.

Slom worked as an economist for the Bank of Hawaii from 1968 through 1982, according to a biography on his website. As a self-proclaimed taxpayers’ advocate — he claims never to have voted for a tax hike — Slom was also a columnist for many Hawaii publications and produced radio shows, including KHVH “Viewpoints” and KGMB’s “Voices of Concern,” among others.

In addition to representing East Honolulu, Slom is the president of Smart Business Hawaii, which provides advocacy for Hawaii’s small businesses. He is also a private consulting economist and president of SMS Consultants.

Slom has four children and has been active in AYSO soccer as well as Hawaii Kai Youth Baseball.

Bypass Surgery Set For Sam Slom Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bypass Surgery Set For Sam Slom

The Republican state senator elects to undergo the coronary procedure this week in hopes of a “rapid recovery.”

Sen. Slom Undergoing ‘Routine Testing’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sen. Slom Undergoing ‘Routine Testing’

The medical treatment follows his hospitalization last month for a “stubborn infection.”

Lawmakers Debate A Lower Blood-Alcohol Limit For Drivers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Debate A Lower Blood-Alcohol Limit For Drivers

The measure is deferred, but another making it illegal to smoke in a car containing minors is passed by the Senate Transporation and Energy Committee.

Hawaii GOP: Ige Wrong On Syrian Refugees

Hawaii GOP: Ige Wrong On Syrian Refugees

The Hawaii Republican Party says the state can’t handle Syrian refugees.

Sam Slom, the Hawaii Senate’s Dot of Red in a Sea of Blue Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sam Slom, the Hawaii Senate’s Dot of Red in a Sea of Blue

The state’s only Republican senator jokes about how he can “caucus with myself,” but he has serious views on making the GOP relevant here.

Hawaii Senate Minority Celebrates 56 Years of Statehood Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Senate Minority Celebrates 56 Years of Statehood

Friday, Aug. 21, is Admissions Day, a state and country holiday that is often met with “apathy, disinterest and even controversy.”

How Hawaii Lawmakers Spend Up to $13,000 a Year — Each Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Hawaii Lawmakers Spend Up to $13,000 a Year — Each

UPDATED State ethics director Les Kondo may be under fire, but he seems to have gotten their attention. A review of this year’s spending shows legislators are much less inclined to spend public money on questionable expenses.

Final Pieces Fall Into Place for State Senate Reorganization Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Final Pieces Fall Into Place for State Senate Reorganization

Hawaii Sens. Laura Thielen, Russell Ruderman, Les Ihara and Gil Riviere are left out of power positions after in-session coup.

Slom: President Should Act Now to Stop Dock Labor Dispute PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Slom: President Should Act Now to Stop Dock Labor Dispute

“A lockout would be devastating to Hawaii,” said Hawaii’s only Republican state senator.

Hawaii Could Be $1 Billion in Hole by 2019, GOP Senator Warns PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Could Be $1 Billion in Hole by 2019, GOP Senator Warns

State Senate’s only Republican warns that lawmakers and the next governor will need to address a “budget freefall.”

Hawaii Senator: Who’s Obama’s Birth Father?

Hawaii Senator: Who’s Obama’s Birth Father?

Republican Sam Slom doesn't doubt Obama born in Hawaii, but questions identity of president's birth father.
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