Jon Riki Karamatsu

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Jon Riki Karamatsu
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Hawaii House of Representatives District 41
Former memeber
In office
Jon Riki Karamatsu was a Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing the 41st District from 2003-2011. Representative Karamatsu did not run for re-election in the Hawaii House of Representatives elections of 2010[1], choosing instead to run for lieutenant governor. He lost in the primary, coming in sixth.

Karamatsu is President of JRK Enterprises, Limited Liability Company, and an attorney. He has been a teacher with Kyoiku Juku Limited, legislative assistant in the Office of Hawaii State Senator Carol Fukunaga, and a clerk at the Kapiolani Women's Center.

He is a member of the Waikele Elementary School School Community Council, Chair of the Peace Day Hawaii Committee, Vice President of the Jodo Mission of Hawaii, and member of the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Waipahu Business Association, and Waipahu Community Association.[2]

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See also: Hawaii lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010

Karamatsu lost his primary race for the Democratic nomination.


On November 4, 2008, Karamatsu won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives from Hawaii's 41st District, defeating Rito Saniatan (R). Karamatsu received 4,128 votes in the election while Saniatan received 3,082 votes.[3] Karamatsu raised $56,776 for his campaign; Saniatan raised $7,803.[4]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 41
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jon Riki Karamatsu (D) 4,128 54.6%
Rito Saniatan (R) 3,082 40.8%
Blank 340 4.5%
Over 5 0.1%

Campaign donors


In 2008, Karamatsu collected $56,776 in campaign contributions.[5] The five largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Altria $2,000
Grocery Manufacturers Association $2,000
Hawaii State Teachers Association $2,000
Wal-Mart $2,000
Hawaii Association of Realtors $2,000


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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hawaii House District 41
Succeeded by
Ty Cullen