Hawaii House of Representatives

The Hawaii House of Representatives is the lower house of the Hawaii State Legislature. Pursuant to Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution of Hawaii, amended during the 1978 constitutional convention, the House of Representatives consists of 51 members representing an equal number of districts across the islands. It is led by the Speaker of the House elected from the membership of the House, with majority and minority leaders elected from their party's respective caucuses. The current Speaker of the House is Scott Saiki.

Legislators are elected to two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. As in many state legislatures in the United States, the Hawaii House of Representatives is a part-time body and legislators often have active careers outside government. The upper chamber of the legislature is the Hawaii State Senate.

Coordinates: 21°18′26.4″N 157°51′26.2″W / 21.307333°N 157.857278°W

Hawaiʻi House of Representatives
Hale ʻAhaʻōlelo Makaʻāinana
ハワイ州下院
Hawaii State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
None
Leadership
     Scott Saiki (D)
since May 4, 2017
     Mark Nakashima (D)
since January 17, 2018
     Della Au Belatti (D)
since January 17, 2018
Minority Leader
     Gene Ward (R)
since November 9, 2018
Structure
Seats51
Hawaii state legislature diagram house
Political groups
Majority

Minority

Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle III, Constitution of Hawaii
Salary$57,852 per year + per diem
Elections
Next election
November 3, 2020
(51 seats)
RedistrictingHawaii Reapportionment Commission
Meeting place
Hawaii State Legislature
House of Representatives Chamber
Hawaii State Capitol
Honolulu, Hawaii
Website
Hawaii House of Representatives

Composition

Midpoint
46 5
Democratic Republican
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Ind Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature (2016) 44 0 7 51 0
Begin (2017) 45 0 6 51 0
End (2018) 46 5
Begin (2019) 46 0 5 51 0
Latest voting share 90.2% 9.8%

Leadership

Office Name Party District
Speaker Scott Saiki Democratic 26
Vice Speaker Mark Nakashima Democratic 1
Majority Leader Della Au Belatti Democratic 24
Majority Floor Leader Dee Morikawa Democratic 16
Assistant Majority Leader Tom Brower Democratic 22
Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say Democratic 20
Minority Leader Gene Ward Republican 17
Minority Floor Leader Lauren Matsumoto Republican 45
Assistant Minority Leader Bob McDermott Republican 40
Assistant Minority Floor Leader Cynthia Thielen Republican 50

Members

District Representative Party County(ies) Areas represented
1 Mark Nakashima Dem Hawaiʻi Hāmākua, North and South Hilo
2 Chris Toshiro Todd Dem Keaukaha, parts of Hilo, Panaʻewa, Waiakea
3 Richard Onishi Dem Hilo, Keaʻau, Kurtistown, Puna
4 Joy San Buenaventura Dem Puna
5 Richard Creagan Dem Na'alehu, Ocean View, Captain Cook, Kailua-Kona
6 Nicole Lowen Dem North Kona, Holualoa, Kalaoa, Honokōhau
7 David Tarnas Dem North Kona, North Kohala, South Kohala
8 Troy N. Hashimoto Dem Maui Kahakuloa, Waiheʻe, Waiehu, Puʻuohala, Wailuku, Kahului
9 Justin Woodson Dem Kahului, Puʻunēnē, Old Sand Hills, Maui Lani
10 Angus McKelvey Dem West Maui, Māʻalaea, North Kīhei
11 Tina Wildberger Dem Kīhei, Wailea, Makena
12 Kyle Yamashita Dem Sprecklesville, Pukalani, Makawao, Kula, Keokea, Ulupalakua, Kahului
13 Lynn DeCoite Dem Maui, Kalawao Haiku, Hāna, Kaupo, Kīpahulu, Nahiku, Pāʻia, Kahoʻolawe, Lānaʻi, Molokaʻi, Molokini
14 Nadine Nakamura Dem Kauaʻi Hanalei, Princeville, Kīlauea, Anahola, Kapaʻa, Wailua
15 James Tokioka Dem Wailuā Homesteads, Hanamāʻulu, Līhuʻe, Puhi, Old Kōloa Town, ʻŌmaʻo
16 Dee Morikawa Dem Niʻihau, Lehua, Kōloa, Waimea
17 Gene Ward Rep Honolulu Hawaiʻi Kai, Kalama Valley
18 Mark Hashem Dem Hahaʻione, Kuliouou, Niu Valley, ʻĀina Haina, Waiʻalae, Kāhala
19 Bertrand Kobayashi Dem Waiʻalae-Kāhala, Diamond Head, Kaimuki, Kapahulu
20 Calvin K.Y. Say Dem St. Louis Heights, Pālolo Valley, Maunalani Heights, Wilhelmina Rise, Kaimukī
21 Scott Nishimoto Dem Mōʻiliʻili, McCully, Kaimukī
22 Tom Brower Dem Waikīkī, Ala Moana
23 Dale Kobayashi Dem Mānoa, Punahou, University, Mōʻiliʻili
24 Della Au Belatti Dem Makiki, Tantalus, Papakōlea, McCully, Pawaʻa, Manoa
25 Sylvia Luke Dem Makiki, Punchbowl, Nuʻuanu, Dowsett Highlands, Pacific Heights, Pauoa
26 Scott Saiki Dem McCully, Kaheka, Kakaʻako, Downtown Honolulu
27 Takashi Ohno Dem Nuʻuanu, Liliha, Pauoa, ʻĀlewa Heights
28 John Mizuno Dem Kalihi Valley, Kamehameha Heights, portion of lower Kalihi
29 Daniel Holt Dem Kalihi, Kapālama, Iwilei, Chinatown
30 Romy Cachola Dem Sand Island, Mokauea, Kapalama, Kalihi Kai
31 Aaron Johanson Dem[1] Moanalua, Red Hill, Foster Village, ʻAiea, Fort Shafter, Moanalua Gardens, Aliamanu, Lower Pearlridge
32 Linda Ichiyama Dem Moanalua Valley, Salt Lake, Aliamanu
33 Sam Kong Dem ʻAiea
34 Gregg Takayama Dem Pearl City, Waimalu, Pacific Palisades
35 Roy Takumi Dem Pearl City, Mānana, Waipiʻo
36 Val Okimoto Rep Mililani, Mililani Mauka
37 Ryan Yamane Dem Mililani, Waipiʻo Gentry, Waikele
38 Henry Aquino Dem Waipahu
39 Ty Cullen Dem Royal Kunia, Village Park, Waipahu, Makakilo, West Loch
40 Bob McDermott Rep ʻEwa, ʻEwa Beach, ʻEwa Gentry, Iroquois Point
41 Rida Cabanilla Dem ʻEwa Villages, ʻEwa Beach, Ewa Gentry, Ocean Pointe, West Loch
42 Sharon Har Dem Kapolei, Makakilo
43 Stacelynn Kehaulani Eli Dem ʻEwa Villages, Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Nanakai Gardens, Ko Olina, Kahe Point, Nānākuli, Lualualei, Māʻili
44 Cedric Gates Dem Waiʻanae, Mākaha, Makua, Māʻili
45 Lauren Matsumoto Rep Schofield, Mokuleia, Waialua, Kunia, Waipiʻo Acres, Mililani
46 Amy Perruso Dem Wahiawa, Whitmore Village
47 Sean Quinlan Dem Waialua, Haleiwa, Pupukea, Kahuku, Laie, Hauʻula, Waiāhole, Sunset Beach, Punaluʻu, Kaʻaʻawa
48 Lisa Kitagawa Dem Kāneʻohe, Heʻeia, Ahuimanu, Kahaluʻu, Haʻikū Valley, Mokuoloe
49 Scot Matayoshi Dem Kāneʻohe, Maunawili, Olomana
50 Cynthia Thielen Rep Kailua, Kāneʻohe Bay
51 Chris Lee Dem Lanikai, Waimānalo

See also

References

  1. ^ Eagle, Nathan (December 29, 2014). "State Rep. Johanson Leaves Republican Party, Joins Democrats". Honolulu Civil Beat. Peer News. Retrieved December 29, 2014.

Resources

2012 Hawaii House of Representatives election

The 2012 Hawaii State House of Representatives Elections were held on November 6, 2012. All 51 seats were up for election.

A total of 6 (3 Democratic and 3 Republican) seats changed sides as a result of the election. 2 Republican incumbents failed to secure reelection against Democratic opponents. 3 Republicans took advantage of the redistricting and gained seats in districts vacated by incumbents. Democrats also took control of the District 19 seat vacated by retiring Republican Barbara Marumoto-Coons.

2018 Hawaii House of Representatives election

The 2018 Hawaii House of Representatives elections are taking place as part of the biennial United States elections. Hawaii voters will elect state representatives in all 51 state house districts. State representatives serve two-year terms in the Hawaii House of Representatives.

A primary election on August 11, 2018 determined which candidates appear on the November 6 general election ballot. Primary election results can be obtained from the State of Hawaii's Office of Elections website. A statewide map of Hawaii's state house districts can be obtained from the state's Office of Planning here, and individual district maps can be obtained from the state's Office of Elections here.

Following the 2016 state house elections, Democrats maintained effective control of the chamber with 45 members. Beth Fukumoto, former Republican Leader, switched parties and was accepted into the Democratic caucus on June 19, 2017. This increased the Democrats majority to 46 seats.To claim control of the chamber from Democrats, the Republicans would need to net 21 House seats.

Bob McDermott

Bob McDermott (born August 5, 1963) is an American politician and a Republican member of the Hawaii House of Representatives since January 16, 2013 representing District 40. McDermott previously served three terms in the Hawaii House

of Representatives from 1997 until 2003, but left to run to represent Hawaii's 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.

Brian Schatz

Brian Emanuel Schatz (; born October 20, 1972) is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Hawaii, a seat he has held since 2012. Schatz was appointed by Governor Neil Abercrombie to replace Senator Daniel Inouye after his death.

Schatz served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1998 to 2006, where he represented the 25th Legislative District and was chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii from 2008 to 2010. He also worked as chief executive officer of Helping Hands Hawaii, an Oahu nonprofit social service agency, until he resigned to run for Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii in the 2010 gubernatorial election as the running mate of Neil Abercrombie. He served as lieutenant governor until December 26, 2012, when Abercrombie appointed Schatz to serve out the rest of Daniel Inouye's U.S. Senate term after his death. Upon his swearing-in, Schatz was the youngest U.S. Senator in the 112th Congress. Schatz won the 2014 special election to complete the remainder of Inouye's Senate term, and was reelected in 2016 for a full six-year term, defeating Republican John Carroll.

Cedric Gates

Cedric Asuega Gates is a Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing District 44. He was first elected to the chamber in 2016.

Gates' election was controversial as his 2014 candidacy as a Green Party candidate should have barred his 2016 nomination as a Democrat under the Democratic Party of Hawaii's rules.

Chris Toshiro Todd

Chris Toshiro Todd is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives since January 2017 representing District 2 (Hilo). Todd was appointed by Governor David Ige on January 5, 2017 to replace the late Clift Tsuji.

Cynthia Thielen

Cynthia Henry Thielen (born September 22, 1933) is a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives representing District 50, the Kailua and Kaneohe Bay areas of Oahu County. She is a Republican and has served in the state House of Representatives since 1990. She served as minority floor leader from 1992 to 1997 and is the current assistant minority leader.

She was the Republican nominee for United States Senate in 2006, challenging incumbent Democrat Daniel Akaka. She lost to Akaka, 62% to 38%, in the general election.

Dee Morikawa

Daynette 'Dee' Morikawa is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives since January 19, 2011 representing District 16.

Della Au Belatti

Della Au Belatti (born March 14, 1974 in Manoa, Hawaii) is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives since January 2007 representing District 24. Belatti served consecutively from January 2007 until 2013 in the District 25 seat. The district includes Makiki and Tantalus, along with portions of McCully and Papakolea on the island of Oahu.

Gene Ward

Gene R. Ward is an American politician and a Republican member of the Hawaii House of Representatives since January 2007 representing District 17. He currently serves as the Minority Leader. He is a Vietnam veteran and former Peace Corps Country Director in East Timor. He also served with the United Nations in Malawi, Africa and was a presidential appointee in USAID in the Bush Administration.

Gregg Takayama

Gregg Takayama (born 1952 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives since January 16, 2013, representing District 34.

John Mizuno

John Mizuno is a Democratic politician who has served in the Hawaii House of Representatives since 2006.John Mizuno is the first Hawaii lawmaker to ever be recognized as the Legislator of the Year as a freshman. In 2007 Mizuno was recognized as the Legislator of the Year by the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawaii. Mizuno was recognized as Legislator of the Year in 2009 by the Hawaii Psychological Association and in 2010 Mizuno was awarded the Legislator of the Year title by the United States Humane Society. He served as a House Majority Whip from 2011 until 2013 and as Vice Speaker of the House from 2013 to 2017. In 2017 Representative John Mizuno became the Chairman of the newly formed super committee of Health and Human Services. This was the first time in the history of the House of Representatives that the Health Committee has ever been combined with the Human Services Committee. Mizuno is the former chair of the Human Services Committee (2009-2012). Prior to winning elective office, Mizuno was an administrative hearings officer for the Department of Human Services in Hawaii (1992-1998), a special investigator for the Department of Human Services in Hawaii (1998-2003), and a legislative staff member for the House of Representatives (2003-2006). He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Willamette University College of Law.

List of Speakers of the Hawaii House of Representatives

The Speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives is the speaker (presiding officer) of the Hawaii House of Representatives.

Mark Hashem

Mark Jun Hashem is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives since January 19, 2011 representing District 18.

Mark Nakashima

Mark M. Nakashima (born March 27, 1963) is a Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives. He was first elected in 2008, and represents the first district, including Hamakua, North Hilo, and South Hilo. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1988, he taught at Castle High School and Olomana School's Alder Street Detention Home before transferring back to his alma mater, Honokaa High & Intermediate School. From 1993 until his election to the state legislature, he worked for the Hawaii State Teachers Association, the state affiliate of the National Education Association.While in office, Nakashima has helped to raise the minimum wage.

Scott Nishimoto

Scott Y. Nishimoto is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives since January 2003 representing District 21.

Scott Saiki

Scott K. Saiki (born July 17, 1964) is an American attorney and politician. Since 1994, he has served as a Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing the state's 26th district. He served as majority leader from 2013 to 2017. On May 4, 2017, he became speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives.

Takashi Ohno

Takashi Ohno (born on Kodiak Island, Alaska) is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives since January 16, 2013 representing District 27.

Val Okimoto

Val Okimoto is an American politician and member of the Hawaii House of Representatives. She represents District 36 and is a member of the Republican Party.

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