Beth Fukumoto Chang

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Beth Fukumoto Chang
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Hawaii House of Representatives District 36
In office
November 6, 2012-Present
Term ends
November 4, 2014
Years in position 2
State House Minority Floor Leader
Base salary$46,272/year
Per diem$175/day off Oahu; $10/day on Oahu
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAmerican Studies and Sociology, University of Hawaii Manoa (2006)
Master'sEnglish, Georgetown University (2008)
Beth Fukumoto Chang is a Republican member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing District 36. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012. She has served as State House Minority Floor Leader since 2012.

Fukumoto Chang was a Republican candidate for District 37 in the Hawaii House of Representatives in the November 2, 2010, state legislative election.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Fukumoto served on the following committees:

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Human Services


Campaign themes


Fukumoto Chang's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Lower Taxes
Excerpt: "My stance on taxes is simple: no more money until we see better results. There’s nothing new about wanting to lower taxes, but that’s because high taxes are a persistent and pervasive problem. Hawaii taxes the poor more heavily than most other states."
  • Better Jobs
Excerpt: "The fact that Hawaii’s unemployment rate remains below the national rate is sometimes difficult to get excited about when the best and the brightest of our young people are leaving Hawaii for better jobs on the mainland. ...Budget and unemployment problems are not solved by laws that drive investors away and ruin the State’s reputation. We need people in government that understand that and will reach out to businesses and reach into the international markets to build stable and sustainable jobs for Hawaii."
  • Smart Development
Excerpt: "While new developments can be important, community-enhancing endeavors, I believe it is vital that we protect the community’s right to weigh-in on major projects in our area."
  • Sustainability & Green Job Creation
Excerpt: "Hawaii should be a leader in clean energy use and development. We have the ideal environment for developing clean energy technologies that would simultaneously decrease the cost of energy, reduce pollution, draw international business and bring better jobs to Hawaii."
  • Innovation in Education
Excerpt: "Hawaii has great teachers who don’t get paid enough and capable students who don’t get the tools they need to really excel. There’s too much wasted potential in our education system."



See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Hawaii House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 9, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Marilyn B. Lee defeated Luella Costales in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Beth Fukumoto Chang was unopposed in the Republican primary. Lee will face Chang in the general election.[2][3]


See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

Fukumoto Chang won election in the 2012 election for Hawaii House of Representatives District 36. Fukumoto Chang defeated Mel Apana in the August 11 Republican primary and defeated District 38 incumbent Marilyn Lee (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 36, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBeth Fukumoto 52.4% 5,334
     Democratic Marilyn Lee Incumbent 47.6% 4,838
Total Votes 10,172
Hawaii House of Representatives, District 36 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBeth Fukumoto 66.7% 1,158
Mel Apana 33.3% 578
Total Votes 1,736


See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2010

Fukumoto Chang had no opposition in the September 18 primary. She lost to Ryan Yamane (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[7]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fukumoto Chang is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Fukumoto Chang raised a total of $69,262 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 27, 2013.[8]

Beth Fukumoto Chang's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State House, District 36 Won $44,580
2010 Hawaii State House, District 37 Defeated $24,682
Grand Total Raised $69,262


Fukumoto Chang won election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Fukumoto Chang raised a total of $44,580.
Hawaii House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Beth Fukumoto Chang's campaign in 2012
Brown, Trevor$2,000
Republican State Leadership Cmte - Hawaii PAC$2,000
Ofner, Jay L$2,000
Godfrey, Roger K$1,000
Harrison Jr, Harold H$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$44,580
Source:Follow the Money


Fukumoto Chang lost the election for the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Fukumoto Chang raised a total of $24,682.


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In 2014, the Hawaii State Legislature was in session from January 15 through May 2.[9]


In 2013, the Hawaii State Legislature was in session from January 16 to May 3.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Roy Takumi (D)
Hawaii House of Representatives District 36
Succeeded by