Samuel Morgan Slom, known as Sam Slom (born April 13, 1942), is a Republican member of the Hawaii Senate who since 1996 represented the 8th District, which includes Hawaii Kai, Aina Haina, Kahala and Diamond Head. A native of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Slom is also the president and executive director of Small Business Hawaii.
Slom is the sole Republican in the 25-member Senate since it reconvened after the 2010 elections and therefore minority leader. Slom technically serves on all fifteen Senate committees but cannot physically attend all of the meetings. He must depend on a Democratic colleague to second a motion that he makes on the Senate floor or the motion will die for lack of a second. Lynn Finnegan, an outgoing Republican member of the Hawaii House of Representatives who ran unsuccessfully for Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, describes Slom's challenge as communicating with Republican constituents across the state who will pressure Democratic lawmakers to consider alternative proposals on some issues.
A second Republican senator, Fred Hemmings, did not seek reelection in 2010 and was replaced by a Democrat. No other state's legislative body in the nation has just one member of the minority party, although the Council of the District of Columbia has only Democrats and independents.
Slom has been vocal against conspiracy theories regarding President Obama's birth certificate, claiming that Obama wanted to hide the identity or citizenship of his father. When interviewed by Byron York, Slom said that he had worked with Madelyn Dunham at the Bank of Hawaii, and had met the then teen-aged Obama. He also said he had known Neil Abercrombie when Abercrombie was demonstrating for the Students for a Democratic Society and Slom was demonstrating for the Young Americans for Freedom, during the Vietnam War; Slom said he could not understand why Abercrombie was trying to release Obama's long-form birth certificate.
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