Fanene endorsed by the House to lead DYWA
Jonathan Fanene was approved in the House of Representatives last Friday, to serve as the head of the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs, in a vote of 17 yeas and two nays. Fanene needs the Senate’s endorsement for his Directorship to be official and the Senate has yet to schedule his confirmation hearing. If confirmed, Fanene 31, will be the youngest cabinet member in the Lolo and Lemanu Administration.
A majority of the faipule did not pose questions to the nominee, but instead, commended Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga for his foresight and reaching out to recruit young talented locals with outstanding capabilities to serve the people of American Samoa.
Some thanked Fanene for returning and taking up the offer to be Director, while others advised the youngest cabinet nominee to be honest in carrying out his duties to assist the youth and to use his talent in his capacity as Director.
Fanene, an American football defensive player, formerly played for the Cincinnati Bengals and the New England Patriots. Fanene was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL draft and he played college football at College of the Canyons and the University of Utah. His major in college was sociology.
In his football career, Fanene had impressive scores, but was slowed by injuries including a hamstring injury in the off-season prior to the 2006 campaign.
He was still able to play in four of the final five games of the 2006 season. On March 14, 2012, Fanene signed with the New England Patriots for three years and $12 million with a $3.5 million signing bonus, but was released with a “failure to disclose physical condition” designation on August 21, 2012.
Fanene is the son of the late David and Anna Fanene of Malaeimi. He’s married with one son. Fanene is a Tafuna High School graduate, class of 2000.