Samuel Slom

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Sam Slom
Hawaii State Senate District 8
Assumed office
Current term ends
January 19, 2015
Political party Republican
Profession Business Owner
Website Senate website

Slom comments on opening of 2009 legislative session

Samuel M. 'Sam' Slom is a Republican state senator in the Hawaii State Senate, representing the 8th district. He was first elected to the state senate 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 was 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.

Slom earned his LLB from LaSalle Law School in 1966. He went on to receive his BA in Government/Economics from the University of Hawaii in 1963.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Slom has been appointed to these committees:


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


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."[1]



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.[2]

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.[3]

Campaign donations


In 2008, a year in which he was not up for re-election, Slom collected $2,225 in campaign donations.[4]


In 2006, Slom collected $10,739 in campaign contributions.[5] The six largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Hawaii Association of Realtors $3,000
Tony Lim - Tony's Liquor and Deli $2,000
Altria $2,000
RJ Reynolds Tobacco $500
Outrigger Enterprises $500
OEPAC $500

Personal life

Slom is divorced and has four children.

External links

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hawaii State Senate - District 8
Succeeded by