Samuel Slom

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Samuel Slom
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Hawaii State Senate District 9
In office
1996 - Present
Term ends
November 8, 2016
Years in position 19
Senate Minority Leader
Base salary$57,852/year
Per diem$175/day off Oahu; $10/day on Oahu
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Hawaii (1963)
J.D.La Salle Law School (1966)
Date of birthApril 13, 1942
Place of birthAllentown, Pennsylvania
ProfessionBusiness owner
Campaign website

Slom comments on opening of 2009 legislative session

Samuel M. 'Sam' Slom is a Republican member of the Hawaii State Senate, representing District 9. He was first elected to the chamber in 1996.

Slom is the only Republican state senator in the 25-member Hawaii senate. He joined the Hawaii State Senate in 1996. From 1996 to 2000 he served as Senate Minority Floor Leader. He then served as Minority Leader from 2000 to 2004. He is currently State Senate Minority Leader and Minority Floor Leader.


Slom earned his LLB from LaSalle Law School in 1966 and his B.A. in Government/Economics from the University of Hawaii in 1963.

Slom's professional experience includes working as Director of Economics Division for the Bank of Hawaii from 1968 to 1982, Professor at Hawaii Pacific University from 1975 to 1984, President/Executive Director of Small Business Hawaii since 198, Owner of SMS Consultants from 1982 to the present and has been owner of Convention Speakers of Hawaii since 1982.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Slom served on the following committees:

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Consumer Protection
Economic Development, Government Operations and Housing, Vice Chair
Energy and Environment
Higher Education
Human Services
Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs
Technology and the Arts
Tourism and Hawaiian Affairs
Transportation and International Affairs
Ways and Means
Water and Land


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Slom served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Slom served on these committees:


Emergency management

In April 2014, Slom expressed skepticism over an emergency management law that would give emergency powers during a crisis to the Hawaii Governor and four county mayors. The legislation would also authorize the use of use all services, materials and facilities owned by partnerships, corporations and small businesses, including media outlets and technology companies in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack. Slom was concerned about how the law would affect privacy and property rights of Hawaii residents. “My main concern is the bill gives expanded powers to the governor and mayors without checks and balances or oversight,” Slom said in an interview. “The definition of emergency powers and where they come into play is vague and overly broad.”

Slom stated further: “If the government declares you are in possession of harmful materials or are hoarding, or creating a dangerous situation, they could probably take whatever they want, including firearms, just like the government did in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.”[1]

2014 State of the State response

In January 2014, Abercrombie gave his fourth State of the State address. Abercrombie stated that Hawaii was turning around the budget, which produced a general fund balance of $844 million in fiscal year 2013.[2] Slom responded to Abercrombie's address and disputed the Governor's numbers, including the contention that a budget surplus existed or whether the state actually turned around economically. “When taking credit for turning the economic corner, talked about improved economy, I would challenge the governor or anyone to walk down any street in Hawaii and ask the first 10 people they see if they are better off this year, or last year, compared with four years ago,” Slom said. “Everyone with few exceptions is struggling in this state, and the economy has not turned the corner, and it has gotten worse and the optimism level is at an all time low level. That’s why the governor is not getting high marks for performance from real people,” he said further.[2]

Steven Tyler Act

On January 18, 2013, Jamie Kalani English introduced Senate Bill 465, the proposed "Steven Tyler Act." According the bill, "if [a] person captures or intends to capture, in a manner that is offensive to a reasonable person, through any means a visual image, sound recording, or other physical impression of another person while that person is engaging in a personal or familial activity with a reasonable expectation of privacy," he or she would be liable for the "civil action of constructive invasion of privacy." He or she could be sued for general damages, special damages, and punitive damages worth triple the combined general and special damages. According to the Section 1 of the bill, the new law would especially help celebrities and be named after Steven Tyler, who owns a vacation home on the island of Maui, in honor of his "contribution to the arts in Hawai‘i and throughout the world."[3] The Senate passed the SB 465 on March 5 by a vote of 23-2, and the bill was sent on to the House. Only Slom and Senator Les Ihara, Jr. voted against the bill.[4] Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Tyler, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood, and a number of other celebrities endorsed SB 465. They argued that the paparazzi invade the privacy of celebrities who come to Hawaii to vacation in peace by filming and photographing the celebrities on their private property and that this bill would help promote celebrity tourism in the state. The American Civil Liberties Union, Hawaii Attorney General David M. Louie, the Society of Professional Journalists, and The New York Times opposed the bill, claiming that it would be unconstitutional and suppress journalism.[5][6]

Raising the debt ceiling

In a commentary on Hawaii Reporter, State Senator Slom explained his opposition to raising the federal debt ceiling, which was under debate in July 2011.

"My position then was that we should not raise the debt limit, which was “modest” compared to the current national debt of $14.5 trillion ($ 46,450 per citizen), because there was a limit or ceiling for a good reason. We should instead, utilize fiscal restraint."[7]

Campaign themes


Slom's campaign website listed the following issues:[8]

  • "2nd Amendment: Concealed Carry / Open Carry - YES"
  • "Decreasing Personal Income Tax - YES"
  • "Definition of Marriage – Man & Woman only - YES"
  • "Education – Decentralized School Boards - YES"
  • "Alternative Energy (Solar/Wind/Geothermal) – Voluntary Incentives - YES"
  • "Legalize Gambling - NO"
  • "Medical Marijuana For Severely Ill - YES"
  • "Unicameral Legislature - YES"



See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2012

Slom won re-election in the 2012 election for Hawaii State Senate District 9. Slom ran unopposed in the August 11 Republican primary and defeated Kurt Lajala (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[9][10][11]

Hawaii State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSamuel Slom Incumbent 60.2% 14,934
     Democratic Kurt Lajala 39.8% 9,888
Total Votes 24,822


See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2010

Slom won re-election to the 8th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition in the September 18 primary. Slom defeated Larry Price (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[12]

Hawaii State Senate, District 8
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Samuel Slom (D) 12,318 55.4%
Larry Price (R) 7,711 34.7%


On November 7, 2006, Slom was re-elected to the Hawaii State Senate from Hawaii's 8th Senate District. Slom ran unopposed in the general election. He raised $10,739 for his campaign.[13]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Slom is available dating back to 2000 June 25, 2013. Based on available campaign finance records, Slom raised a total of $99,042 during that time period. This information was last updated on {{{Editdate}}}.[14]

Samuel Slom's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State Senate, District 9 Won $33,813
2010 Hawaii State Senate, District 8 Won $32,703
2008 Hawaii State Senate, District 8 Not up for election $2,225
2006 Hawaii State Senate, District 8 Won $10,739
2004 Hawaii State Senate, District 8 Not up for election $1,542
2002 Hawaii State Senate, District 8 Won $10,923
2000 Hawaii State Senate, District 8 Won $7,097
Grand Total Raised $99,042


Slom won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Slom raised a total of $33,813.
Hawaii State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Samuel Slom's campaign in 2012
Hawaii Association of Realtors$2,500
Burgess, H William$1,000
Coluccio, Franco$1,000
Oahu League of Republican Women PAC$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$33,813
Source:Follow the Money


Slom won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Slom raised a total of $32,703.


Slom was not up for election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Slom raised a total of $2,225.


Slom won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Slom raised a total of $10,739.


Slom was not up for election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Slom raised a total of $1,542.


Slom won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Slom raised a total of $10,923.


Slom won election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Slom raised a total of $7,097.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Hawaii

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In 2014, the Hawaii State Legislature was in session from January 15 through May 2.[15]

Legislators are scored on their "support and advocacy for small business and an improved business climate."


In 2013, the Hawaii State Legislature was in session from January 16 to May 3.[16]

Legislators are scored on their "support and advocacy for small business and an improved business climate."

Hawaii Grassroot Institute

See also: Hawaii Grassroot Institute Scorecard

The Grassroot Institute issued its 2010 Legislative Score Card that tallied the votes of Hawaii legislators and graded their votes based on the Institute's values of individual liberty, free markets, and limited government.[17] The Institute observed state legislators' votes on issues involving taxes, spending, scope of government, business climate, and raids on special funds. Slom received a total score of 98%. Here are the scores Slom received based on specific categories.

2010 Hawaii Senate Legislative Scorecard
Taxes Business climate Spending Individual liberty Raids Scope of government
100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 75%


Slom is divorced and has four children, Sam, Sid, Spencer, and Stuart.[18]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Les Ihara, Jr. (D)
Hawaii State Senate District 9
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Hawaii State Senate District 8
Succeeded by
Ronald Kouchi (D)