Clift Tsuji

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Clift Tsuji
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Hawaii House of Representatives District 2
Incumbent
In office
2004-Present
Term ends
November 4, 2014
Years in position 10
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 elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Hawai'i at Manoa, 1966
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 20, 1941
Place of birthHilo, HI
ReligionProtestant
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Clift Tsuji is a Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing District 2. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Biography

Tsuji's professional experience includes serving as Vice President of the Hilo Candy Company from 2003-2004, Senior Vice President of Central Pacific Bank from 1969-2003 and Program Director for KIPA Radio from 1966-1969.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Consumer Protection & Commerce
Economic Development & Business, Chair
Judiciary
Veterans, Military, & International Affairs, & Culture and the Arts

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

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 Clifton K. Tsuji defeated Edwin L.P. Miranda in the Democratic primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[2][3]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 2 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngClifton K. Tsuji Incumbent 87.2% 5,258
Edwin L.P. Miranda 12.8% 775
Total Votes 6,033

2012

See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

Tsuji won re-election in the 2012 election for Hawaii House of Representatives District 2. He ran unopposed in the August 11 Democratic primary and ran unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

2010

See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2010

Tsuji won re-election to the 3rd District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. Tsuji defeated Tania Cortez-Camero (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[5]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 3 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Cliff Tsuji (D) 6,917 78.7%
Tania Cortez-Camero (R) 1,346 15.3%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Tsuji won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives from Hawaii's 3rd District, defeating Deirdre Tavares (R). Tsuji received 7,958 votes in the election while Tavares received 1,413 votes.[6] Tsuji raised $66,494 for his campaign; Tavares raised $3,986.[7]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 3
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Clift Tsuji (D) 7,958 79.7%
Deirdre Tavares (R) 1,413 14.2%
Blank 613 6.1%
Over 1 0.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Tsuji is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Tsuji raised a total of $280,457 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 26, 2013.[8]

Clift Tsuji's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State House, District 2 Won $58,818
2010 Hawaii State House, District 3 Won $54,506
2008 Hawaii State House, District 3 Won $66,494
2006 Hawaii State House, District 3 Won $27,986
2004 Hawaii State House, District 3 Won $72,653
Grand Total Raised $280,457

2012

Tsuji won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Tsuji raised a total of $58,818.
Hawaii House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Clift Tsuji's campaign in 2012
Hawaii State Teachers Association$2,000
Hawaii Association of Realtors$1,500
Monsanto$1,500
Akiyama, Tsuneo$1,000
Radcliffe, John H$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$58,818
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Tsuji won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Tsuji raised a total of $54,506.

2008

Tsuji won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Tsuji raised a total of $66,494.

2006

Tsuji won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Tsuji raised a total of $27,986.

2004

Tsuji won election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Tsuji raised a total of $72,653.

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.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11] The Institute observed state legislators' votes on issues involving taxes, spending, scope of government, business climate, and raids on special funds. Tsuji received a total score of 5%. Here are the scores Tsuji received based on specific categories.

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

Personal

Tsuji is a member of many organizations, including the Big Island Press Club, Business Education Partnership, Hilo Yacht Club, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawaii, and Pacific Tsunami Museum Board. Additionally, Tsuji serves as Director of the Hawai'i Island Japanese Community Association, Hawai'i Shima Hiroshima Kenjin Kai, and Hilo Medical Center Foundation.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Hawaii House of Representatives District 2
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Hawaii House of Representatives District 3
2004–2012
Succeeded by
Richard Onishi (D)