|Hawaii State Senate District 9|
|1996 - Present|
|November 8, 2016|
|Years in position||17|
|Senate Minority Leader|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 8, 2016|
|Bachelor's||University of Hawaii (1963)|
|J.D.||La Salle Law School (1966)|
|Birthday||April 13, 1942|
|Place of birth||Allentown, Pennsylvania|
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 BA 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. He was also a Professor at Hawaii Pacific University from 1975 to 1984. He has been President/Executive Director of Small Business Hawaii since 1983. He has also worked as owner of SMS Consultants from 1982 to the present. Since 1982 he has been owner of Convention Speakers of Hawaii as well.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Slom served on the following committees:
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Slom served on these committees:
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Slom served on these committees:
|Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Economic Development and Technology|
|• Higher Education|
|• Judiciary and Government Operations|
|• Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs|
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." 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. 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.
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."
Slom's campaign website listed the following issues:
- "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.
|Hawaii State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Samuel Slom Incumbent||60.2%||14,934|
- See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2010
| Hawaii State Senate, District 8 |
2010 General election results
|Samuel Slom (D)||12,318||55.4%|
|Larry Price (R)||7,711||34.7%|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, a year in which Slom was up for re-election, he collected $32,703 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|Hawaii State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Samuel Slom's campaign in 2010|
|Hawaii Association Of Realtors||$4,000|
|Slater, Clifford D||$3,796|
|8Th Republican Senatorial District||$2,570|
|Burgess, Horace William||$2,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$32,703|
In 2008, a year in which he was not up for re-election, Slom collected $2,225 in campaign donations.
In 2006, Slom collected $10,739 in campaign contributions. The six largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:
|Hawaii Association of Realtors||$3,000|
|Tony Lim - Tony's Liquor and Deli||$2,000|
|RJ Reynolds Tobacco||$500|
Slom is divorced and has four children, Sam, Sid, Spencer, and Stuart.
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- Hawaii House, Senate hold final floor votes on $23.8 billion budget - The Republic
- Illinois Is Not The Worst Place To Be A Republican - NBC Chicago (blog)
- IT'S DONE: Hawaii lawmakers OK'd a record $24 billion biennium budget - Hawaii Reporter
- Senate President Outlines Successes During the 2013 Legislative Session - Hawaii Reporter
- MRC Greenwood to retire as University of Hawaii president - Hawaii News Now ... - Hawaii News Now
- Spurt in Hawaiian solar use leads nation, but conflict threatens program - Environment & Energy Publishing
- Lawmakers make final push in last week of 2013 legislative session - Hawaii News Now
- UH pays $800K to recruit top executives - Hawaii News Now
- Most Controversial Anti-Business Bill of the 2013 Legislative Session Dies in ... - Hawaii Reporter
- Hawaii lawmakers negotiate limits to shield law - Businessweek
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- Sam Slom's personal website
- Legislative profile on Vote Smart
- Bio on Vote Smart
- Slom YouTube channel
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000
- ↑ Text of Hawaii Senate Bill 465
- ↑ Measure status for Hawaii Senate Bill 465
- ↑ Malia Mattoch McManus, Reuters, "Hawaii's Senate passes Steven Tyler Act celebrity privacy bill," March 6, 2013
- ↑ The New York Times, "Bills of the Rich and Famous," February 11, 2013
- ↑ "Just Say 'No' to Raising the Debt Ceiling," Hawaii Reporter, July 8, 2011
- ↑ Sam Slom, "Issues," September 16, 2012
- ↑ State of Hawaii: Office of Elections, "Federal/State/County Candidates, 2012 Primary Elections," retrieved June 11, 2012
- ↑ Hawaii Secretary of State - Official 2012 Primary Results
- ↑ State of Hawaii Office of Elections, “Hawaii General 2012 - State of Hawaii – Statewide,” November 20, 2012
- ↑ Hawaii State Office of Elections - 2010 general election certified results
- ↑ District 8 Hawaii Senate candidate funds, 2006
- ↑ 2010 campaign contributions
- ↑ 2008 contributions to Samuel Slom
- ↑ 2006 contributions to Samuel Slom
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "Samuel Slom," accessed September 16, 2012
Les Ihara, Jr. (D)
|Hawaii State Senate District 9
| Succeeded by|
|Hawaii State Senate District 8
| Succeeded by|
Ronald Kouchi (D)