Karen Leinani Awana

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Karen Leinani Awana
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Hawaii House of Representatives District 43
Incumbent
In office
2006-Present
Term ends
November 4, 2014
Years in position 8
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Majority Floor Leader, Hawaii House of Representatives
2013-2014
Compensation
Base salary$57,852/year
Per diem$175/day off Oahu; $10/day on Oahu
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
CandidateVerification
Karen Leinani Awana is a Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing District 43. She was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Awana served as State House Majority Floor Leader from 2013 to 2014.

Awana switched parties, from Republican to Democratic, on December 19, 2007.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Legislative Management

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Awana 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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Karen Leinani Awana defeated Stacelynn K.M. Eli in the Democratic primary, while Andria P. Tupola was unopposed in the Republican primary. Awana will face Tupola in the general election.[2][3]

2012

See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

Awana won re-election in the 2012 election for Hawaii House of Representatives District 43. Awana defeated Hanalei Aipoalani, Leslie McKeague-Gomes and Cynthia Rezentes in the August 11 Democratic primary and defeated Glenn Butler (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 43, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Leinani Awana Incumbent 73.1% 4,029
     Republican Tercia Ku 26.9% 1,484
Total Votes 5,513
Hawaii House of Representatives, District 43 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Leinani Awana Incumbent 46.2% 1,197
Hanalei Aipoalani 35.1% 910
Cynthia Rezentes 11.1% 289
Leslie McKeague-Gomes 7.6% 197
Total Votes 2,593

2010

See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2010

Awana won re-election to the 44th District seat in 2010. Awana defeated Kaleo Farias, John Kaopua, and Cynthia Rezentes in the September 18 primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010. She was unopposed in the general election.[7]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Awana won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives from Hawaii's 44th District, defeating Tercia Ku (R). Awana received 4,373 votes in the election while Ku received 1,159 votes.[8] Awana raised $2,975 for her campaign; Ku raised $375.[9]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 44
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Karen Leinani Awana (D) 4,373 74.3%
Tercia Ku (R) 1,159 19.7%
Blank 351 6.0%
Over 2 0.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Awana is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Awana raised a total of $57,542 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 27, 2013.[10]

Karen Leinani Awana's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State House, District 43 Won $19,150
2010 Hawaii State House, District 44 Won $0
2008 Hawaii State House, District 44 Won $2,975
2006 Hawaii State House, District 44 Won $2,025
2004 Hawaii State House, District 44 Defeated $33,392
2002 Hawaii State House, District 44 Defeated $0
Grand Total Raised $57,542

2012

Awana won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Awana raised a total of $19,150.
Hawaii House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Karen Leinani Awana's campaign in 2012
Awana, Luella$2,000
Yamamoto, Ben$2,000
Hawaii Carpenters Political Action Fund Account$1,800
Hawaii Laborers & Employers Cooperation and ED$1,500
Joseph, Stephen E$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$19,150
Source:Follow the Money

2008

Awana won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Awana raised a total of $2,975.

2006

Awana won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Awana raised a total of $2,025.

2004

Awana won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Awana raised a total of $33,392.

Scorecards

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2014

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

2013

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

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. Awana received a total score of 5%. Here are the scores Awana received based on specific categories.

2010 Hawaii House Legislative Scorecard
Taxes Business climate Spending Individual liberty Raids Scope of government
0% 0% 17% 100% 0% 0%

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kymberly Marcos Pine (R)
Hawaii House of Representatives District 43
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Hawaii House of Representatives District 44
2007–2012
Succeeded by
Jo Jordan (D)