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|Hawaii State Senate District 15|
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 MS from the University of Illinois - Champaign-Urbana in 1970.
- Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection, Hawaii Senate
- Committee on Education and Housing, Hawaii Senate
- Committee on Higher Education, Hawaii Senate
Sakamoto lost his bid for the Democratic nomination in the primary.
In 2008, a year in which he was not up for re-election, Sakamoto collected $61,607 in campaign contributions. The six largest contributors to Sakamoto's campaign were as follows:
|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. The seven largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:
|University of Hawaii Professional Assembly||$4,000|
|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. 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|
Sakamoto and his wife, Penny, have three children.
- Legislative profile on Vote Smart
- Bio on Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000
|Hawaii State Senate - District 15
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