Richard Onishi

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Richard Onishi
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Hawaii House of Representatives District 3
In office
November 6, 2012-Present
Term ends
November 4, 2014
Years in position 2
Base salary$57,852/year
Per diem$175/day off Oahu; $10/day on Oahu
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolHilo High School (1972)
Bachelor'sBusiness Administration, University of Hawaii (1986)
ProfessionInformation Systems Analyst
Richard Onishi is a Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing District 3. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture, Vice Chair
Economic Development & Business
Veterans, Military, & International Affairs, & Culture and the Arts


Campaign themes


Onishi's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Top Two Goals
"My top two goals are to (1) to increase revenues and (2) to assist our communities to become safer, healthier, economically viable and sustainable. To achieve these goals I will identify, develop and support programs that will increase revenue; and I will work with the members of our communities to identify issues and problems dealing with the safety, health, economy and sustainability of their community and work with them to find solutions."
  • Economy
"I support legislation to increase research and development of alternative energy programs, the research and development of sustainable agriculture, the development of small and entrepreneurial businesses, and programs for affordable housing development and ownership."



See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Hawaii House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 9, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Richard H.K. Onishi was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Bill Dickson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Onishi will face Dickson and Fred F. Fogel (L) in the general election.[2][3]


See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

Onishi won election in the 2012 election for Hawaii House of Representatives District 3. Onishi defeated Brittany Smart in the August 11 Democratic primary and defeated Marlene Nachbar Hapai (R) and Frederick Fogel (L) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 3, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Onishi 57.2% 4,937
     Republican Marlene Nachbar Hapai 32.8% 2,832
     Libertarian Frederick Fogel 10% 860
Total Votes 8,629
Hawaii House of Representatives, District 3 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Onishi 59.3% 3,298
Brittany Smart 40.7% 2,260
Total Votes 5,558

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Onishi is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Onishi raised a total of $82,574 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 26, 2013.[7]

Richard Onishi's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State House, District 3 Won $82,574
Grand Total Raised $82,574


Onishi won election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Onishi raised a total of $82,574.
Hawaii House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Richard Onishi's campaign in 2012
University of Hawaii Professional Assembly$2,000
Friends of Sylvia Luke$2,000
Longshore & Warehouse Local 142$2,000
Hawaii Laborers & Employer Coop & Ed Trust Fund$2,000
Hawaii Government Employees Association$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$82,574
Source:Follow the Money


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

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In 2014, the Hawaii State Legislature was in session from January 15 through May 2.[8]

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.[9]

Legislators are scored on their "support and advocacy for small business and an improved business climate."


Onishi and his wife, Joni, have three children, Nicole, Lissa, and Whitney.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Clift Tsuji (D)
Hawaii House of Representatives District 3
Succeeded by