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Sam Kong
Hawaii House of Representatives, District 33
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
High schoolKalani High School
Office website
Sam Kong is a Democratic member the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing District 33. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.


Kong's professional experience includes working as an assistant service manager at Software Plus, an assistant service manager at SERVCO, an author, and as the owner and president of Aiea Florist.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2015
Economic Development & Business, Vice chair
Higher Education
Veterans, Military, International Affairs, Culture and the Arts


Campaign themes


Kong's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Taxes
Excerpt: "NO TAX INCREASES! ...Our taxes are high because of the burdens we have placed upon ourselves through the years of trying to be the good guy. Oh yes, many a legislator wants to do good for the people of Hawaii, I have no doubt, but in doing so, they take on certain responsibilities and costs that become counter productive. ...Government is NOT the answer, and people truly need not look to the government for answers . There is a need to look to family, friends, churches, private institutions, because there is help out there."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "Transportation has so many problems with the city doing one thing, and the state doing another. I understand the many responsibilities from air, sea and land. However, when it comes to roads there are different entities with differing plans."



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. Sam Kong defeated Tracy Arakaki and Arnold Wong in the Democratic primary, while Robert C. Helsham, Sr. was unopposed in the Republican primary. Kong defeated Helsham in the general election.[3][4][5]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 33, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSam Kong 73.6% 6,526
     Republican Robert C. Helsham, Sr. 26.4% 2,346
Total Votes 8,872
Hawaii House of Representatives, District 33 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSam Kong 37% 2,417
Tracy Arakaki 35.7% 2,332
Arnold Wong 27.4% 1,789
Total Votes 6,538


See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

Kong ran in the 2012 election for Hawaii House of Representatives District 33. Kong ran unopposed in the August 11 Republican primary and was defeated by District 34 incumbent K. Mark Takai (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 33, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngK. Mark Takai Incumbent 67.2% 7,277
     Republican Sam Kong 32.8% 3,556
Total Votes 10,833


See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2010

Kong had no opposition in the September 18 primary. He lost to Blake Oshiro (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[9]


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

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Kong has a wife, June, and two children, Courtney and Justin.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
K. Mark Takai (D)
Hawaii House of Representatives District 33
Succeeded by