Chris Lee

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Chris Lee
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Hawaii House of Representatives District 51
Incumbent
In office
2008-Present
Term ends
November 4, 2014
Years in position 6
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$57,852/year
Per diem$175/day off Oahu; $10/day on Oahu
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sOregon State University
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 28, 1981
Websites
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Chris Lee is a Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing District 51. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Consumer Protection & Commerce
Energy & Environmental Protection, Chair
Judiciary
Tourism
Ocean, Marine Resources, & Hawaiian Affairs
Water & Land

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Lee's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Restoring Democracy: Taking Money Out Of Politics
Excerpt: "The special interests that write the biggest campaign checks continue to have the most access and most influence in politics. If we are going to keep the interests of the people first, then this must change."
  • Rebuilding Local Agriculture Should Be A Top Priority
Excerpt: "Hawaii can no longer afford to compete globally exporting products like sugar and pineapple. Too many other places can do it cheaper than we can. However, if we can rebuild a local agriculture industry centered around local food for local consumption, we will create new permanent jobs, feed ourselves fresh local produce and meat, and keep $billions circulating in our local economy instead of being lost to foreign markets."
  • Transforming Hawaii’s Educational System
Excerpt: "Our goal should be to give our kids the best education we can. This will require an smaller class sizes, sufficient resources and training, an efficient administration, and quality teachers who are eager to teach to the best of their ability."
  • Promoting A High-Tech Digital Industry
Excerpt: "Everyone wants to live in Hawaii, but not everyone can work here. That is about to change. Imagine the West Oahu plain transformed into a film production and creative media center with businesses that produce high tech computer generated special effects for movies that are being made around the world. Then imagine a new film production studio and a thriving hotel and restaurant industry to support that trade."

Elections

2014

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. Incumbent Chris Lee was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Wayne T. Hikida was unopposed in the Republican primary. Lee will face Hikida in the general election.[2][3]

2012

See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

Lee won re-election in the 2012 election for Hawaii House of Representatives District 51. Lee ran unopposed in the August 11 Democratic primary and defeated Henry Vincent (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 51, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Lee Incumbent 81.1% 8,550
     Republican Henry Vincent 18.9% 1,992
Total Votes 10,542

2010

See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2010

Lee won re-election to the 51st District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition on September 18, 2010. The general election took place on November 2, 2010. Maka Wolfgramm ran on the Republican ticket for this seat.[7]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 51 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Chris Lee (D) 5,626 70.9%
Maka Wolfgramm (R) 2,050 25.8%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Lee won election to the Hawaii House of Representatives from Hawaii's 51st District, defeating Quentin Kawananakoa (R). Lee received 5,885 votes in the election while Kawananakoa received 3,374 votes.[8] Lee raised $61,478 for his campaign; Kawananakoa raised $155,929.[9]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 51
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Chris Lee (D) 5,885 61.9%
Quentin Kawananakoa (R) 3,374 35.5%
Blank 242 2.5%
Over 5 0.1%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lee is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Lee raised a total of $122,339 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 27, 2013.[10]

Chris Lee's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State House, District 51 Won $29,417
2010 Hawaii State House, District 51 Won $31,444
2008 Hawaii State House, District 51 Won $61,478
Grand Total Raised $122,339

2012

Lee won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Lee raised a total of $29,417.
Hawaii House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Chris Lee's campaign in 2012
Hawaii State Teachers Association$1,700
HGEA Politial Contribution Account$1,500
Hawaii Association of Realtors$1,400
Davis, Mark S$1,000
Ironworkers Local 625$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$29,417
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Lee won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Lee raised a total of $31,444.

2008

Lee won election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Lee raised a total of $61,478.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Hawaii

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2014

In 2014, the Hawaii State Legislature was in session from January 15 through May 2.[11]

Legislators are scored on their "support and advocacy for small business and an improved business climate."

2013

In 2013, the Hawaii State Legislature was in session from January 16 to May 3.[12]

Legislators are scored on their "support and advocacy for small business and an improved business climate."

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.[13] The Institute observed state legislators' votes on issues involving taxes, spending, scope of government, business climate, and raids on special funds. Lee received a total score of 12%. Here are the scores Lee received based on specific categories.

2010 Hawaii House Legislative Scorecard
Taxes Business climate Spending Individual liberty Raids Scope of government
13% 0% 0% 67% 14% 0%

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