Matt LoPresti

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Matt LoPresti
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Hawaii House of Representatives, District 41
In office
November 4, 2014 - Present
Term ends
November 7, 2016
Years in position 1
Base salary$57,852/year
Per diem$175/day off Oahu; $10/day on Oahu
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Matt LoPresti is a Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing District 41. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.


LoPresti's professional experience includes serving as the chair of the Asian and Pacific Studies Program and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Hawaii Pacific University. He received his Ph.D from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2015
Higher Education
Labor & Public Employment
Transportation, Vice chair


Campaign themes


LoPresti's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

(1) Securing Quality Education and resources (like A/C and a second High School) for our keiki.

(2) Addressing Traffic as the number one quality of life issue.

(3) Ensuring that Quality Jobs & Affordable Housing are available for our working families.

(4) Supporting our kupuna with appropriate healthcare services and the ability to age in place.

(5) Protecting and preserving Hawaii’s natural beauty and resources for future generations.[3]



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. Matthew Lopresti defeated incumbent Rida Cabanilla Arakawa in the Democratic primary, while Bryan E. Jeremiah defeated Steve Wiggins in the Republican primary. Lopresti defeated Jeremiah and Tom Berg (L) in the general election.[4][5][6]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 41, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMatthew Lopresti 48.7% 2,981
     Libertarian Bryan E. Jeremiah 35.6% 2,178
Total Votes 6,115
Hawaii House of Representatives, District 41 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMatthew Lopresti 63.1% 2,070
Rida Cabanilla Arakawa Incumbent 36.9% 1,208
Total Votes 3,278
Hawaii House of Representatives, District 41 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBryan E. Jeremiah 64.5% 588
Steve Wiggins 35.5% 324
Total Votes 912


See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

LoPresti ran in the 2012 election for Hawaii House of Representatives District 41. LoPresti was defeated by District 42 incumbent Rida Cabanilla Arakawa in the Democratic primary on August 11, 2012.[7][8]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 41 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRida Cabanilla Arakawa Incumbent 59.9% 1,895
Matt LoPresti 40.1% 1,268
Total Votes 3,163



In 2014, LoPresti's endorsements included the following:[9]

  • Equality Hawaii
  • Hawaii Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO
  • Hawaii Center for Food Safety
  • Hawaii Government Employees Association, AFSCME Local 152, AFL-CIO (HGEA)
  • Hawaii Optometric Political Action Committee
  • Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA)
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
  • International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU)
  • GLBT Caucus, Hawaii Democratic Party
  • Planned Parenthood Hawaii Action Network
  • Plumbers and Fitters UA Local 675
  • Progressive PAC
  • Sierra Club
  • State of Hawaii Police Officers Union (SHOPO)
  • Unite Here! Local 5
  • University of Hawaii Professional Assembly


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Political offices
Preceded by
Rida Cabanilla (D)
Hawaii House of Representatives District 41
Succeeded by