Gilbert Kahele

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Gilbert Kahele
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Hawaii State Senate District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 2011 - Present
Term ends
November 5, 2018
Years in position 4
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Majority Caucus Leader
2015-Present
Senate Majority Whip
2013-2014
Compensation
Base salary$57,852/year
Per diem$175/day off Oahu; $10/day on Oahu
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedJanuary 2011
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
AppointedJanuary 12, 2011
Appointed byGov. Neil Abercrombie (D)
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolHilo High School (1960)
Military service
Service/branchUS Marine Corps
Years of service1960 - 1964
Personal
Date of birth5/15/1942
Place of birthMilolii, Hawaii
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Gilbert Kahele is a Democratic member of the Hawaii State Senate, representing District 1. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2011. He was initially appointed by Governor Neil Abercrombie to replace Sen. Russell Kokubun.[1] He currently serves as Majority Caucus Leader and was Senate Majority Whip from 2013 to 2014.

Biography

Kahele served in the United States Marine Corps from 1960 to 1964.[2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Kahele served on the following committees:

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2015
Commerce and Consumer Protection
Hawaiian Affairs
Higher Education and the Arts
Tourism and International Affairs, Chair

2013-2014

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

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Kahele's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

Hilo Cargo Facility

  • Excerpt: "Work out the details of the project between the Contractor, Department of Transportation and the Department of Accounting and General Services. I want to secure the funding so that construction on the building can begin."

Hilo High School Gym

  • Excerpt: "Continue to work with State and County government to have this project “shovel ready” and construction can begin."

Lanakila Homes

  • Excerpt: "Work with the Hawaiʻi Public Housing Authority and Department of Accounting and General Services to secure a contractor for the repair and remodel of the remaining units that have been in disrepair for years. Once remodeled, there will be 62 more units available for public housing families who desperately need a place to live."

University of Hawai’i Hilo

  • Excerpt: "Facilitate the process between the Administration, Legislature and the University of Hawaiʻi Hilo to ensure progress on two critical projects: School of Pharmacy Building and Student Housing"

Capital improvement projects

  • Excerpt: "Follow up on previously approved projects which have been “on the books” for East Hawai’i but for which monies have not been released. The vast majority of these projects are for maintenance and repair and could create immediate jobs for Hilo contractors and businesses."

Elections

2014

See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Hawaii State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Gilbert Kahele defeated Wendell Ka'ehu'ae'a in the Democratic primary and defeated Gregory "Kobata" Arianoff (L) in the general election.[4][5][6]

Hawaii State Senate, District 1, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGilbert Kahele Incumbent 86.3% 11,638
     Libertarian Gregory "Kobata" Arianoff 13.7% 1,850
Total Votes 13,488
Hawaii State Senate, District 1 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGilbert Kahele Incumbent 82.2% 8,366
Wendell Ka'ehu'ae'a 17.8% 1,817
Total Votes 10,183

2012

See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2012

Kahele won re-election in the 2012 election for Hawaii State Senate District 1. Kahele defeated Donald Ikeda in the August 11 Democratic primary and ran unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Hawaii State Senate, District 1 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGilbert Kahele Incumbent 58.4% 7,027
Donald Ikeda 41.6% 5,011
Total Votes 12,038

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kahele is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Kahele raised a total of $146,112 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 24, 2013.[9]

Gilbert Kahele's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State Senate, District 1 Won $146,112
Grand Total Raised $146,112

2012

Kahele won election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Kahele raised a total of $146,112.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Hawaii State Legislature was in session from January 15 through May 2.[10]

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.[11]

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

Personal

Kahele and his wife, Linda, have two children.[2]

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Malama Solomon (D)
Hawaii State Senate District 1
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Russell Kokubun (D)
Hawaii State Senate District 2
2011-2012
Succeeded by
Russell Ruderman (D)