Bob McDermott

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Bob McDermott
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Hawaii House of Representatives District 40
In office
November 6, 2012-Present
Term ends
November 4, 2014
Years in position 2
State House Minority Whip
Base salary$57,852/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
Prior offices
Hawaii State House of Representatives
Member, Neighborhood Board
Bachelor'sEconomics, Chaminade University (1988)
Master'sM.B.A., Chaminade University (1994)
Bob McDermott is a Republican member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing District 40. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. McDermott has served as State House Minority Whip since 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Consumer Protection & Commerce
Veterans, Military, & International Affairs, & Culture and the Arts
Public Safety



In February 2014, McDermott announced his opposition to a controversial sex education program in Hawaii public schools. The program, taught in 12 public schools, is expected to be expanded by the Hawaii Department of Education. McDermott published a report entitled “The Pono Choices Curriculum: Sexualizing the Innocent.” The program is designed for schoolchildren aged 11 to 13 and taught in 1,700 middle schools. While the Hawaii Department of Education allows parents to opt-out their children from the education, McDermott disagreed with this exception. “The parental opt-out forms are woefully inadequate. They lack clarity and transparency by concealing some controversial aspects of the material,” McDermott said.[1]

Campaign themes


McDermott's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Environment
Excerpt: "A viable and sustainable solution to reducing our waste stream, creating renewable electricity, and lowering the City’s wastewater treatment costs has arrived – It's called Super Critical Water Oxidation. This innovative technology is up and running in the pilot plan phase in Orlando, FL and Cork, Ireland. Results have been so promising that both municipalities are breaking ground on commercial size operations at the time of this writing."
  • Homelessness
Excerpt: "One of the major issues will be facing is the growing population of homeless in our parklands. I offer no slogan or quick fixes as there are none, however, below is my view of the situation as I see it in brief. The Homeless issue is a complicated one, with no easy solutions. Recognizing that the homeless and poor have been with us since antiquity, it requires a thoughtful and deliberate approach."



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 be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Rose Martinez defeated Isaiah Nahakuokeola in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Bob McDermott was unopposed in the Republican primary. Martinez will face McDermott in the general election.[3][4]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 40 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRose Martinez 61.1% 1,404
Isaiah Nahakuokeola 38.9% 892
Total Votes 2,296


See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

McDermott won election in the 2012 election for Hawaii House of Representatives District 40. McDermott ran unopposed in the August 11 Republican primary and defeated Chris Kalani Manabat (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 40, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob McDermott Incumbent 51.1% 3,249
     Democratic Chris Kalani Manabat 48.9% 3,107
Total Votes 6,356

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McDermott is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, McDermott raised a total of $41,937 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 27, 2013.[8]

Bob McDermott's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State House, District 40 Won $19,896
2006 Board of Education, District Oahu at Large Defeated $0
2000 Hawaii State House, District 32 Won $3,280
1998 Hawaii State House, District 32 Won $18,761
Grand Total Raised $41,937


McDermott won election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, McDermott raised a total of $19,896.
Hawaii House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bob McDermott's campaign in 2012
Mcdermott, Bob$10,437
NFIB - Hawaii Safe Trust$1,500
Gaston, Alexander$1,000
Outrigger Enterprises$700
Friends of Gene Ward$500
Total Raised in 2012$19,896
Source:Follow the Money


McDermott won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, McDermott raised a total of $3,280.


McDermott won election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, McDermott raised a total of $18,761.


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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]


McDermott and his wife, Jacinta, have eight children.[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sharon Har (D)
Hawaii House of Representatives District 40
Succeeded by