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Mazie K. Hirono
Mazie Hirono official.jpg
U.S. Senate, Hawaii
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 2
PredecessorDaniel Inouye (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$20.95 in 2012
First elected2013
Next generalNovember 2018
Campaign $$9,169,110
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, Hawaii, District 2
January 3, 2007-January 3, 2013
9th Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii
Hawaii House of Representatives
High schoolKaimuki High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Hawaii at Mānoa (1970)
J.D.Georgetown University Law School (1978)
Date of birthNovember 3, 1947
Place of birthFukushima Prefecture, Japan
Net worth$2,553,523
Office website
Campaign website
Mazie Keiko Hirono (b. November 3, 1947, in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan) is a Democratic U.S. Senator representing Hawaii. She first won election to the Senate in 2012.[1][2]

She previously was a member of the U.S. House from 2007 to 2013, the Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii from 1994 to 2002 and a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1980 to 1994.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Hirono is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Hirono's academic, professional and political career:[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Hirono serves on the following committees:[5]


Hirono served on the following Senate committees:[6]

U.S. House


Key votes

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[8] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to Hirono's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Yea3.png Hirono voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[10]


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Farm bill

Yea3.png On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[11] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that will kick in if or when prices drop; however, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Hirono joined with 46 other Democratic senators in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Hirono voted with the Democratic Party in favor of the bill.[13][14]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[16] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Hirono voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[17]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Yea3.png Hirono voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[10]


Mexico-U.S. border

Nay3.png Hirono voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[10]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Yea3.png Hirono voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[10]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Hirono voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[18]


On The Issues Vote Match

Hirono's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Hirono is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Hirono received a score of 63 percent on social issues and 2 percent on economic issues.[19]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[20]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Opposes
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Strongly Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[19] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.


General election

Mazie Hirono v. Linda Lingle
Poll Mazie Hirono Linda LingleDon't KnowOtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Ward Research Inc.
(October 15-22, 2012)
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Primary election

Mazie Hirono v. Ed Case
Poll Mazie Hirono Ed CaseDon't KnowMargin of ErrorSample Size
Civil Beat Surveys
(July 31 - August 2, 2012)
The Benenson Strategy Group
(June 19-21 2012)
AVERAGES 49.5% 42.5% 8.5% +/-3.6
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to



See also: United States Senate elections in Hawaii, 2012

Hirono won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. Primary elections were held on August 11, 2012.[1] Hirono defeated Linda Lingle (R), James Brewer, Jr. (G), Heath Beasley (I) and Paul Manner in the general election on November 6, 2012.[21]

U.S. Senate, Hawaii General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMazie Hirono 61.7% 269,489
     Republican Linda Lingle 36.8% 160,994
     N/A Blank Votes 1.5% 6,599
Total Votes 437,082
Source: Hawaii Office of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


In a rare cross-party endorsement, Hirono received the endorsement of Alaskan Republican Representative Don Young on July 24, 2012, for her primary battle.[22] The two created a 90 second video that discussed bipartisanship and Young endorsed Hirono for U.S. Senate.[22]

Republican candidate Linda Lingle responded to the surprise endorsement, critcizing Young as "controversial" and alluding to his past ethics issues.[23]

Hirono also received an endorsement from Lingle's opponent in the Republican primary, John Carroll.[24] In his endorsement he stated “So, my decision on whom to support is based on my perception of the candidate’s character and sincerity to help Hawaii. Of the two [Lingle and Hirono], I believe Mazie is predictable on issues and is of good and honest character, similar to Senator Daniel Akaka.”[24]

Young came back to endorse Lingle in the general election.[25]


On November 2, 2010, Mazie K. Hirono won re-election to the United States House. She defeated John W. Willoughby (R), Pat Brock (L) and Andrew Vsevolod Von Sonn (nonpartisan) in the general election.[26]

U.S. House, Hawaii District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMazie K. Hirono incumbent 72.2% 132,290
     Republican John W. Willoughby 25.3% 46,404
     Libertarian Pat Brock 1.8% 3,254
     Nonpartisan Andrew Vsevolod Von Sonn 0.7% 1,310
Total Votes 183,258

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Hirono attends.

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Comprehensive donor history

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Comprehensive donor information for Hirono is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Hirono raised a total of $9,169,110 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 3, 2013.[27]

Mazie Hirono's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. Senate (Hawaii) Won $5,514,418
2010 U.S. House (Hawaii, District 2) Won $992,526
2008 U.S. House (Hawaii, District 2) Won $1,230,402
2006 U.S. House (Hawaii, District 2) Won $1,431,764
Grand Total Raised $9,169,110


Hirono won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Hirono's campaign committee raised a total of $5,514,418 and spent $5,644,498.[28] This is less than the average $10.2 million spent by Senate winners in 2012.[29]

Cost per vote

Hirono spent $20.95 per vote received in 2012.


Hirono won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Hirono's campaign committee raised a total of $992,526 and spent $1,102,377 .[30]

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Hirono's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,448,047 and $3,658,999. That averages to $2,553,523, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2012 of $13,566,333. Hirono ranked as the 52nd most wealthy senator in 2012.[31] Between 2006 and 2012, Hirono's calculated net worth[32] increased by an average of 1 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[33]

Mazie Hirono Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2006 to 2012:3%
Average annual growth:1%[34]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[35]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Hirono received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Lawyers/Law Firms industry.

From 2005-2014, 24.93 percent of Hirono's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[36]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Mazie Hirono Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $9,633,774
Total Spent $9,498,741
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$1,049,472
Women's Issues$381,972
Real Estate$296,457
Transportation Unions$287,850
% total in top industry10.89%
% total in top two industries14.9%
% total in top five industries24.93%


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hirono was a "moderate Democratic follower," as of July 22, 2014. This was the same rating Hirono received in June 2013.[37]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[38]

Hirono most often votes with:

Hirono least often votes with:

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Hirono missed 1 of 524 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 0.2 percent, which is better than the median of 2.0% among currently serving senators as of July 2014.[39]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Hirono paid her congressional staff a total of $880,146 in 2011. She ranked 22nd on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 120th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Hawaii ranked 40th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[40]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Hirono was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Hirono's staff was given an apparent $40,649.10 in bonus money.[41]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.


Hirono ranked 4th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[42]


Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable.


Hirono ranked 26th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[43]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.


Hirono voted with the Democratic Party 95.6 percent of the time, which ranked 23rd among the 53 Senate Democratic members as of July 2014.[44]


Hirono voted with the Democratic Party 95.4 percent of the time, which ranked 22nd among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[45]

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  2. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Hawaii," accessed November 7, 2012
  3. Bioguide, "Mazie K. Hirono," accessed June 20, 2013
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "HIRONO, Mazie, (1947 - )," accessed February 13, 2015
  5. United States Senate, "Committee Assignments of the 114th Congress," accessed February 17, 2015
  6. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 U.S. Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono-2nd District of Hawaii, "Committees," accessed October 28, 2011
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Project Vote Smart, "Mazie Hirono Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013
  11., "H.R. 2642 (Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013)," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 Politico, "Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 U.S. Senate, "January 16 Vote," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  17., "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 On The Issues, "Hirono Vote Match," accessed June 23, 2014
  20. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  21. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Hawaii," accessed November 7, 2012
  22. 22.0 22.1 Hawaii Civil Beat, "Alaska GOP Rep. Young Backs Hirono," accessed July 25, 2012
  23. The Hill, "Lingle criticizes fellow Republican backing her Dem Senate opponent," accessed July 27, 2012
  24. 24.0 24.1 Hawaii Reporter, "Hawaii Republican John Carroll endorses U.S. Senate Democratic Nominee Mazie Hirono," accessed August 28, 2012
  25. Roll Call, "Hawaii: Don Young Backs Linda Lingle After Supporting Mazie Hirono, Pushes Oil Exploration," accessed October 16, 2012
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. Open Secrets, "Mazie Hirono," accessed April 3, 2013
  28. Open Secrets, "Mazie Hirono 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 19, 2013
  29. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  30. Open Secrets, "Mazie K. Hirono 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 28, 2011
  31. OpenSecrets, "Hirono, (D-HI), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  32. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  33. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  34. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  35. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  36., "Sen. Mazie K. Hirono," accessed September 18, 2014
  37. GovTrack, "Hirono," accessed July 22, 2014
  38. OpenCongress, "Rep. Jo Hirono," accessed August 2, 2013
  39. GovTrack, "Chris Hirono," accessed July 22, 2014
  40. LegiStorm, "Mazie K. Hirono" accessed 2012
  41. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  42. National Journal, "2013 Senate Vote Ratings," accessed July 21, 2014
  43. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  44. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  45. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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