Robert Herkes

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Robert Herkes
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Hawaii House of Representatives District 5
Former Member
In office
Base salary$57,852/year
Per diem$175/day off Oahu; $10/day on Oahu
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Hawaii State Senate
Associate'sCity College of San Francisco
Bachelor'sCornell College
Date of birthJanuary 24, 1931
Place of birthIloilo, Philipines
Office website
Robert Herkes is a former Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing District 5 since 1992. He served in the Hawaii State Senate in 1988, and on the Hawaii City Council in 1984.

Herkes is a businessman, serving as Director of Marketing for the Kamehameha Investment Corporation.

He is a member of the Hawaii Hotel Association, Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii Leeward Planning Conference, Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, and Masonic Lodge.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Herkes served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Herkes served on these committees:

Opposition to redistricting decision

Although Democrats on the Hawaii Reapportionment Commission were strongly supportive of the decision, voting 3-1 for the inclusion of non-resident/military populations, there has been strong push back from fellow Democrats on the Big Island. Herkes, along with Sen. Malama Solomon, Rep. Cindy Evans, and several others, have pressured the Commission to reverse its decision. In addition, some have threatened to challenge the decision in court.[2] The change in policy is expected to benefit Oahu and prevent it from losing a senate seat.[3]



See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2012

Herkes ran in the 2012 election for Hawaii State Senate District 2. He was defeated by Russell Ruderman in the Democratic primary on August 11, 2012.[4][5]

Hawaii State Senate, District 2 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRussell Ruderman 37.5% 3,106
Bob Herkes 33.3% 2,756
Wendell Ka'ehu'ae'a 14.8% 1,227
Gary Safarik 14.4% 1,192
Total Votes 8,281


See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2010

Herkes won re-election to the 5th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition on September 18, 2010. The general election took place on November 2, 2010. Fred Fogel ran on the Libertarian ticket.[6]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 5 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Herkes (D) 5,267 67.6%
Fred Fogel (L) 1,699 21.8%


In 2008, Herkes won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives from Hawaii's 5th District. Herkes had no opposition for the seat. He raised $62,783 for his campaign.[7]

Campaign donors


In 2010, Herkes raised $57,200 in contributions.[8]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Hawaii Association Of Realtors $2,000
Hawaii Medical Service Association $1,600
Radcliffe, John H $1,500
Island Insurance Co $1,500


In 2008, Herkes collected $62,783 in campaign contributions.[9] The seven largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Island Insurance Co. $2,000
Hawaii Association of Realtors $2,000
John H. Radcliffe $2,000
HIC PAC $2,000
Plumbers and Pipefitters $2,000
Philip Morris $2,000
C. R. Botti $2,000


Hawaii Grassroot Institute

See also: Hawaii Grassroot Institute Scorecard

The Grassroot Institute issued its 2010 Legislative Score Card that tallied the votes of Hawaii legislators and graded their votes based on the Institute's values of individual liberty, free markets, and limited government.[10] The Institute observed state legislators' votes on issues involving taxes, spending, scope of government, business climate, and raids on special funds. Herkes received a total score of 8%. Here are the scores Herkes received based on specific categories.

2010 Hawaii House Legislative Scorecard
Taxes Business climate Spending Individual liberty Raids Scope of government
0% 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%

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Preceded by
Hawaii House of Representatives District 5
Succeeded by
Denny Coffman (D)