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Norman Sakamoto

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Norman Sakamoto
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Hawaii State Senate District 15
Former member
In office
ProfessionBusiness owner
Norman Sakamoto (b. May 22, 1947) was a Democratic state senator in the Hawaii State Senate, representing the 15th District. Senator Sakamoto did not run for re-election in the Hawaii State Senate elections of 2010, but instead ran for Lieutenant Governor.[1] Sakamoto lost in the primary, coming in third.

Sakamoto joined the Hawaii State Senate in 1996 and served as Majority Floor Leader.

Sakamoto has been President of Sundance Circle, Incorporated, and President of Hwn Emporium, Incorporated. He has also worked as a teacher for the Department of Education and in the United States Army Corps of Engineers. He worked as an Engineer from 1970 to 1973. He also worked as Vice President for S and M Sakamoto Incorporated from 1973 to 1985. He has been President/Owner of SC Pacific Corporation/Roll-a-Way Shutters of the Pacific since 1985.

Sakamoto attended University Lab School in 1965. He went on to receive his B.S. from the University of Hawaii - Manoa in 1969. He then earned his M.S. from the University of Illinois - Champaign-Urbana in 1970.

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See also: Hawaii lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010

Sakamoto lost his bid for the Democratic nomination in the primary.


On November 7, 2006, Sakamoto won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate from Hawaii's 15th Senate District. Sakamoto ran unopposed in the general election. He raised $59,261 for his campaign.[2]

Campaign donors


In 2008, a year in which he was not up for re-election, Sakamoto collected $61,607 in campaign contributions.[3] The six largest contributors to Sakamoto's campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
John Cheung $1,200
John H. Radcliffe $1,000
Peter Q. Robson $1,000
Herbert H. Jacobson $1,000
G.A. (Red) Morris $1,000
Albert Y. Kanno $1,000


In 2006, Sakamoto collected $59,261 in campaign contributions.[4] The seven largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
University of Hawaii Professional Assembly $4,000
Altria $2,000
Robert Armstrong $1,500
Island Insurance Company $1,500
RJ Reynolds Tobacco $1,000
Hawaii Operating Engineers $1,000
Castle and Cooke $1,000


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.[5] The Institute observed state legislators' votes on issues involving taxes, spending, scope of government, business climate, and raids on special funds. Sakamoto received a total score of 8%. Here are the scores Sakamoto received based on specific categories.

2010 Hawaii Senate Legislative Scorecard
Taxes Business climate Spending Individual liberty Raids Scope of government
0% 0% 0% 67% 16% 0%


Sakamoto and his wife, Penny, have three children.

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Preceded by
Hawaii State Senate - District 15
Succeeded by
Glenn Wakai