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Laura Thielen

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Laura Thielen
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Hawaii State Senate District 25
Incumbent
In office
November 6, 2012-Present
Term ends
November 8, 2016
Years in position 2
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$46,272/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Personal
Place of birthKailua, HI
CandidateVerification
Laura Thielen is a Democratic member of the Hawaii State Senate, representing District 25. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture
Economic Development, Government Operations and Housing
Ways and Means

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Thielen's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Zoning and Environmental Protections
"If elected, I will stand in opposition to any effort to fast-track development and bypass zoning and environmental protections. I will alert you so you know what the Legislature is trying to do and can add your voices early, when it counts."
  • Honest and Open Government
"If elected, I will continue to be a strong advocate for open and clean government. I will support strengthening sunshine and procurement laws to make sure government uses tax revenues wisely, legally and effectively. I will strenuously fight any bills that reduce access to public information."
  • Agriculture
"If elected, I will continue to be a strong advocate for farming. I will oppose any effort to change the agricultural district into a tourism resort district. I will work to develop meaningful incentives that support increased food farming and agricultural operations that help Hawaii’s resiliency and economy."
  • Small Business
"If elected, I will strongly oppose any effort to retain the tax increase on small businesses next year. I will also oppose any other tax that unfairly impacts small businesses."
  • Education
"I support public charter schools and believe their students should receive funding equitable with all other public school students. In exchange, public charter schools should be accountable to the public and held to the same ethical and professional standards as traditional public schools."

Elections

2012

See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2012

Thielen won election in the 2012 election for Hawaii State Senate District 25. She defeated incumbent Pohai Ryan and Levani Rachel Lipton in the August 11 Democratic primary and defeated Fred Hemmings (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.

Thielen was a director of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources under former Republican Governor Linda Lingle (R). Thus, she was unable to run for office as a Democrat, because she had not been a member of the party in good standing for at least six months. She filed anyway and is now facing internal punishment from the Democratic Party, but her candidacy won't be challenged in court.[2][3]

Hawaii State Senate, District 25, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLaura Thielen 59.5% 13,703
     Republican Fred Hemmings 40.5% 9,333
Total Votes 23,036
Hawaii State Senate, District 25 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLaura Thielen 50% 6,236
Pohai Ryan 38.2% 4,769
Levani Lipton 11.8% 1,474
Total Votes 12,479

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Thielen is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Thielen raised a total of $63,187 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 25, 2013.[4]

Laura Thielen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State Senate, District 25 Won $63,187
2004 Board of Education, District Windward Not up for election $0
Grand Total Raised $63,187

2012

Thielen won election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Thielen raised a total of $63,187.

Personal

Thielen is married and has two children.[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pohai Ryan (D)
Hawaii State Senate District 25
2012–present
Succeeded by
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