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Hawaiʻi Senate
Type
Type Upper house
Leadership
President of the Senate Colleen Hanabusa, (D)
since 2007
Majority Leader Gary Hooser, (D)
since 2006
Minority Leader Fred Hemmings, (R)
since 2002
Structure
Members 25
Political groups Democratic Party
Republican Party
Election
Last election November 4, 2008
Meeting place
US Navy 070201-N-4856G-011 Adm. William Fallon speaks to the Hawaii State House of Representatives on his goals for the future and his gratitude for the recognition of his service.jpg
Senate Chamber, Hawaii State Capitol, Honolulu
Website
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/site1/senate/senate.asp

The Hawaiʻi State Senate is the upper chamber of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature. The senate consists of twenty-five members elected from an equal number of constituent districts across the islands. The senate is led by the President of the Senate, elected from the membership of the body, currently Colleen Hanabusa. The forerunner of the Hawaiʻi State Senate during the government of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi was the House of Nobles. Senators are elected to four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Like most state legislatures in the United States, the Hawaii State Senate is a part-time body and senators often have active careers outside of government. The lower chamber of the legislature is the Hawaiʻi House of Representatives. The membership of the Senate also elects additional officers to include the Senate Vice President, Senate Chief Clerk, Assistant Chief Clerk, Senate Sergeant at Arms and Assistant Sergeant at Arms.

The Hawaii Senate convenes in the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu.

Contents

Composition

The Democrats hold a supermajority in the Hawaii Senate, and is tied with the Rhode Island House of Representatives for the largest share in a single state legislative chamber in the United States.

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Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 20 5 25 0
Begin 23 2 25 0
Latest voting share 92% 8%
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Leadership

Position Name Party District
President of the Senate Colleen Hanabusa Democratic 21
Majority Leader Gary Hooser Democratic 7
Minority Leader Fred Hemmings Republican 25

Officers

Position Name
Chief Clerk Carol T. Taniguchi
Assistant Chief Clerk Laurel Johnston
Sergeant at Arms Bienvenido C. Villaflor
Assistant Sergeant at Arms Jayson M. Watts

List of current members

District Name Party Location
1 Dwight Takamine Dem Hilo, Honoka'a, Laupahoehoe, Hamakua, Waiakea Uka, Keaukaha, Waimea
2 Russell S. Kokubun Dem Waiakea Uka, Kalapana, Volcano, Kahuku
3 Josh Green Dem North and South Kohala, North and South Kona
4 Shan Tsutsui Dem Wailuku, Waihe'e, Kahului, Pa'ia, Lower Pa'ia
5 Rosalyn Baker Dem South and West Maui, Kapalua, Ka'anapali, Lahaina, Ma'alaea, Kihei, Wailea, Makena
6 J. Kalani English Dem Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka'i, Lana'i and Kaho'olawe
7 Gary Hooser Dem Kaua'i, Ni'ihau
8 Sam Slom Rep Hawai'i Kai, 'Aina Haina, Kahala, Diamond Head
9 Les Ihara, Jr. Dem Palolo, St. Louis Heights, Maunalani Heights, Kaimuki, Kapahulu, West Diamond Head, Waikiki Gold Coast
10 Brian Taniguchi Dem Manoa, Mo'ili'ili, McCully, Makiki
11 Carol Fukunaga Dem Makiki/Punchbowl, Ala Moana, McCully
12 Brickwood Galuteria Dem Iwilei, Chinatown, Downtown, Kaka'ako, Ala Moana, Waikiki
13 Suzanne Chun Oakland Dem Sand Island, Kalihi, Liliha, Nu'uanu, Pauoa, Pu'unui
14 Donna Mercado Kim Dem Moanalua, 'Aiea, Fort Shafter, Kalihi Valley, Halawa Valley
15 Norman Sakamoto Dem Kalihi, Moanalua Gardens, Salt Lake, Aliamanu, Foster Village, Hickam, Pearl Harbor, Pearl Ridge, 'Aiea
16 David Ige Dem Pacific Palisades, Pearl City, Waimalu, Upper 'Aiea, 'Aiea Heights
17 Michelle Kidani Dem Mililani, Mililani Mauka, Waipi'o
18 Clarence K. Nishihara Dem Waipahu, Pearl City, Crestview
19 Mike Gabbard Dem Waikele, Village Park, Royal Kunia, Makakilo, Kapolei, Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Portions of Waipahu and Ko 'Olina
20 Will Espero Dem 'Ewa Beach, 'Ewa by Gentry, Ocean Pointe, 'Ewa Villages, West Loch, Honouliuli, Lower Waipahu
21 Colleen Hanabusa Dem Ko 'Olina, Kahe Point, Nanakuli, Ma'ili, Wai'anae, Makaha, Makua, Ka'ena Point
22 Robert Bunda Dem Mililani Mauka, Wahiawa, Hale'iwa, Mokule'ia, North Shore
23 Clayton Hee Dem Kahuku, La'ie, Ka'a'awa, Kane'ohe
24 Jill N. Tokuda Dem Kane'ohe, Kane'ohe MCAB, Kailua, Enchanted Lake
25 Fred Hemmings Rep Kailua, Lanikai, Waimanalo, Hawai'i Kai
Entrance to the Hawaii State Senate chamber

Capitol

The Hawaiʻi State Senate has been meeting at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol in downtown Honolulu since March 15, 1969. Previous to the decision of Governor John A. Burns to build the new Capitol building, the Hawaiʻi State Senate met in ʻIolani Palace.

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