|Hawaii State Senate District 8|
| Assumed office|
| Current term ends|
January 19, 2015
Slom comments on opening of 2009 legislative session
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.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Slom has been appointed to these committees:
- Commerce and Consumer Protection
- Economic Development and Technology
- Energy and Environment
- Hawaiian Affairs
- Human Services
- Judiciary and Labor
- Public Safety, Government Operations, and Military Affairs
- Transportation and International Affairs
- Ways and Means
- Water, Land, and Housing
- Joint Legislative Investigating Committee to Oversee the Investigation of the Department of Budget and Finance’s Handling of the State’s Investment in Student Loan Auction Rate Securities
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Slom served on these committees:
- Committee on Economic Development and Technology, Hawaii Senate
- Committee on Higher Education, Hawaii Senate
- Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations, Hawaii Senate
- Committee on Labor, Hawaii Senate
- Committee on Tourism, Hawaii Senate
- Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs, Hawaii Senate
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."
- 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%|
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 Slom's personal website
- Official Hawaii Senate profile
- Legislative profile on Vote Smart
- Bio on Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000
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