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Chris Lethem
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Candidate for
Hawaii State Senate, District 12
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Chris Lethem is a 2014 Republican candidate for District 12 of the Hawaii State Senate.


Place of Birth: Dodge City Kansas Birthdate: August 10,1961

Chris Lethem graduated high school in 1979. He then joined the U.S. Marine Corps where spent his tour in southeast Asia; primarily Japan. While living in Japan he earned a second degree black belt and learned to speak Japanese.

He then returned to the United States and attended college in Kansas City, Missouri as a reservist in the U.S. Marine Corp.

He moved to Hawaii in 1986 and began working in sales, continued to attend college, and found work in the pension and investment consulting.

He moved to Indonesia in 1990 and co-founded Pacific Financial Services in Jakarta Indonesia, where he managed client investment portfolios and syndicated various investment projects throughout SouthEast Asia.

Afte returning to the U.S. he devoted his time to the upbringing of his two daughters and taught himself software design and computer programming.

In 2004 Chris Lethem became a member of the Family Court Interventions Task force. He drafted to mitigate the adversarial construct of the Family Court system in favor of a rebuttable presumption for shared parenting and other legislationto remedy the abuse of attourneys and judges inflicted on Hawaii's families.

Both He and his second wife moved to the Bay area in California when his older daughter began college in San Francisco.

In 2012 while whitewater rafting, his second wife (Mariati Tani) drowned when they unexpectedly encountered class 5 rapids with Zephyr Whitewater tours. The craft they were in flipped and pinned them both under the water.

He laid his wife to rest at the Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe.


1989-1990, 2004 Kapiolani Community College and Honolulu Community College- Studied Java, software development and management, business, accounting, statistical analysis and business law.

1992 Hawaii Pacific University- Studied Finance and Communication

1981-1984 University of Maryland Foreign Branch- Studied Japanese and business

1979-1980 Metropolitan Community College Kansas City- Mathematics

-Legislative Contributions

2004-2014 Member of State Legislative Committee "Family Court Interventions Task Force."

-Community Activities

Founding Member of Children's Rights Council Hawai'i Chair of the National Parents Organization



See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Hawaii State Senate will consist of a primary election on August 9, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Brickwood M. Galuteria will face Carlton N. Middleton in the Democratic primary, while Chris Lethem is unopposed in the Republican primary.[1]

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