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Lauren Kealohilani Matsumoto

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Lauren Kealohilani Matsumoto
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Hawaii House of Representatives District 45
In office
November 6, 2012-Present
Term ends
November 7, 2016
Years in position 3
Minority Whip, Hawaii House of Representatives
Base salary$57,852/year
Per diem$175/day off Oahu; $10/day on Oahu
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
High schoolMililani High School
Bachelor'sFilm production, University of Hawai'i
Place of birthMililani, HI
Office website
Campaign website
Lauren Kealohilani Matsumoto is a Republican member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing District 45. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012. She currently serves as Minority Whip.

Committee assignments


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

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education


Campaign themes


Matsumoto's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]


  • Excerpt: "I strongly believe we need to come together as a community and strengthen Hawai’i agriculture to become more self-sustainable."

Small Businesses

  • Excerpt: "I believe that small businesses must be supported by cutting red tape at the state level while maintaining health, environmental and safety standards. I will support small businesses by encouraging legislation that minimizes the regulatory environment which drives up the costs making it difficult for small business owners to survive."

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "My priority is getting the economy back on it’s feet and that means creating a business environment that promotes job creation."


  • Excerpt: "I believe that these cuts are undermining Hawai’i’s economic recovery and stalling progress for generations of students and their families."


  • Excerpt: "I believe there is no reason that economic prosperity and environmental protection cannot go hand-in-hand. We can and should work with economists and the environmental community to maintain and preserve the natural environment that makes Hawai’i such a special place to live."



See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Hawaii House of Representatives 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. Michael Yadao Magaoay was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Lauren Kealohilani Matsumoto was unopposed in the Republican primary. Magaoay was defeated by Matsumoto in the general election.[2][3][4]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 45, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLauren K. Matsumoto Incumbent 72.3% 3,069
     Democratic Michael Yadao Magaoay 27.7% 1,175
Total Votes 4,244


See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

Matsumoto won election in the 2012 election for Hawaii House of Representatives District 45. Matsumoto ran unopposed in the August 11 Republican primary and defeated Jake Bradshaw (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 45, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLauren Kealohilani Matsumoto 50.8% 2,626
     Democratic Jake Bradshaw 49.2% 2,540
Total Votes 5,166

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cheape is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Cheape raised a total of $36,990 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 27, 2013.[8]

Lauren Kealohilani Matsumoto's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State House, District 45 Won $36,990
Grand Total Raised $36,990


Cheape won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Cheape raised a total of $36,990.
Hawaii House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lauren Kealohilani Matsumoto's campaign in 2012
Green, Howard$2,000
Republican State Leadership Cmte HI PAC$2,000
North Shore News$1,923
Cheape, Lauren$1,378
Schroeder, Clint$1,200
Total Raised in 2012$36,990
Source:Follow the Money


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Hawaii

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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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."


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."


Matsumoto was Miss Hawai'i in 2011.[11]

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Preceded by
Jo Jordan (D)
Hawaii House of Representatives District 45
Succeeded by