Shan Tsutsui

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Shan Tsutsui
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Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii
In office
December 27, 2012 - Present
Term ends
December 2018
Years in position 3
PredecessorBrian E. Schatz (D)
Senate President
2011 - December 2012
Base salary$140,220
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$406,980
AppointedDecember 27, 2012
Term limitsTwo consecutive terms
Prior offices
Hawaii State Senate District 5
2002 – 2012
High schoolMaui High School (1989)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Hawaii-Manoa (1994)
Date of birthAugust 9, 1971
Place of birthWailuku, Hawaii
ProfessionFinancial Adviser
Office website
Shan Tsutsui (b. August 9, 1971, in Wailuku, Hawaii) is the 12th and current Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii. A Democrat, he has served since his appointment on December 27, 2012.[1] Governor Neil Abercrombie tapped Tsutsui to fill the role following former Lt. Gov Brian E. Schatz's (D) resignation to begin his appointment to the U.S. Senate. Schatz replaced the late Sen. Daniel Inouye (D), effective December 27.[2] Tsutsui was serving out the remainder of Schatz's term, ending December 2014. He won his first full, four-year term on November 4, 2014.[3]

Tsutsui was elected lieutenant governor alongside state Sen. David Ige, the Democratic nominee for governor. Tsutsui had expected to share the ticket with Abercrombie in the general election, but Abercrombie was ousted by Ige in the primary.[4]

Tsutsui is a former member of the Hawaii State Senate, representing representing District 4 from 2002 to 2012. He was Senate President from 2011 to 2012 and also served as the Majority Caucus Leader.[5]

Prior to entering politics, Tsutsui was a financial adviser, businessman and consultant.


Tsutsui was a financial adviser for Manulife Financial from 1994 to 1996, for Prudential Securities from 1996 to 1998 and for the Union Bank of Switzerland Paine Webber from 1998 to 2004. Tsutsui has been co-owner and operator for Keiki Time since 2001. He has also been a director of marketing and partner for Hawaii Investment Securities since 2005. He worked as a business consultant for Atlas Insurance Agency, Incorporated.[6]


Tsutsui earned his B.A. in economics from the University of Hawaii-Manoa in 1994.

Political career

Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii (2012-Present)

Tsutsui became the 12th Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii on December 27, 2012. The office was left vacant following Brian E. Schatz's (D) appointment to the U.S. Senate by Gov. Abercrombie on December 26, 2012. Schatz replaced Daniel Inouye (D), who died earlier that month.[7]

Per the Hawaii Constitution, the state Senate president, which at the time was Tsutsui, is the next in line for the lieutenant governorship. Initially, Tsutsui indicated that he might not want the job.[8] After Tsutsui decided to take the job, Gov. Abercrombie stated, “Shan’s acceptance reflects this administration’s commitment to represent all the people of Hawaii as a statewide community, not one that is Oahu-centric.”[1]

Hawaii State Senate (2002-2012)

Tsutsui served in the Hawaii State Senate from 2002 to 2012.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Tsutsui served on these committees:

  • Legislative Federal Economic Stimulus Program Oversight Commission
  • Joint Legislative Investigating Committee to Oversee the Investigation of the Department of Budget and Finance’s Handling of the State’s Investment in Student Loan Auction Rate Securities

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Tsutsui served on these committees:



See also: Hawaii Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Tsutsui ran for election as Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii in 2014. Tsutsui went public with the news of his candidacy on May 31 via his campaign website and Facebook page.[9][3] Tsutsui secured the Democratic nomination in the primary on August 9, 2014. He faced Republican Elwin Ahu, Independent Les Chang and Libertarian Cindy Marlin in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Primary election
Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShan Tsutsui Incumbent 53.7% 120,779
Clayton Hee 36.1% 81,255
Mary Zanakis 8.1% 18,174
Miles Shiratori 1.2% 2,593
Sam Puletasi 0.9% 2,126
Total Votes 224,927
Election Results via Hawaii Division of Elections.
General election
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Ige/Shan Tsutsui 49.5% 181,065
     Republican Duke Aiona/Elwin Ahu 37.1% 135,742
     Independent Mufi Hannemann/Les Chang 11.7% 42,925
     Libertarian Jeff Davis/Cindy Marlin 1.7% 6,393
Total Votes 366,125
Election Results via Hawaii Office of Elections.


Hawaii Lieutenant Governor, Democratic Primary
Poll Shan Tsutsui* Clayton HeeMary ZanakisMiles ShiratoriUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Hawaii News Now Poll
July 2014
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Lieutenant Governor

Tsutsui was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii on December 27, 2012.[1]

State Senate

See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2012

Tsutsui won re-election in the 2012 election for Hawaii State Senate District 5. Tsutsui ran unopposed in the August 11 Democratic primary as well as in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[10][11]


See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2010

Tsutsui won re-election to the 4th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition on September 18, 2010. Tsutsi defeated Eric Seibert (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[12]

Hawaii State Senate, District 4 General election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngShan Tsutsui Incumbent 77.8% 10,931
     Republican Eric Seibert 22.2% 3,113
Total Votes 14,044
Election Results via Hawaii Division of Elections


On November 7, 2006, Tsutsui won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate from Hawaii's 4th Senate District. Tsutsui ran unopposed in the general election. He raised $82,210 for his campaign.[13]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Tsustui is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Tsustui raised a total of $406,980 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 9, 2013.[14]

Shan Tsutsui's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State Senate District 5 Won $119,400
2010 Hawaii State Senate District 4 Won $89,606
2008 Hawaii State Senate District 4 Not up for election $29,581
2006 Hawaii State Senate District 4 Won $82,210
2004 Hawaii State Senate District 4 Not up for election $32,728
2002 Hawaii State Senate District 4 Won $53,455
Grand Total Raised $406,980


In 2010, a year in which Tsutsui was up for re-election, he collected $89,606 in donations.[15]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Hawaii State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Shan Tsutsui's campaign in 2010
Park, Moon Soo$4,300
Stone, Lorrie$2,000
Hawaii Operating Engineers$2,000
Hawaii State Teachers Association$2,000
Hawaii Association Of Realtors$2,000
Total Raised in 2010 $89,606


In 2008, a year in which he was not up for re-election, Tsutsui collected $29,581 in campaign donations.[16] The top five contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Electrical Workers Local 1186 $2,700
Glen I. Sakagawa $2,500
Hawaii Operating Engineers $2,000
Plumbers and Pipefitters $2,000
Hawaii Association of Realtors $2,000


In 2006, Tsutsui collected $82,210 in campaign contributions.[17] The six largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Brigadier General Glen I. Sakagawa $4,000
Hawaii Association of Realtors $3,800
University of Hawaii Professional Assembly $3,750
Hawaii Optometric Association $2,000
Dr. Barry Shitamoto $2,000
Sterling J. Kim $2,000


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

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

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Tsutsui and his wife, Lyndelle, have three children.[6]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hawaii Reporter, "Senate President Shan Tsutsui Named Hawaii's 12th Lieutenant Governor," December 27, 2012
  2. Star Advertiser, "Abercrombie picks Schatz to replace Inouye in U.S. Senate," December 26, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Advertiser, "Tsutsui announces run to keep lieutenant governor's seat" accessed June 14, 2013
  4. Hawaii News Now, "Tsutsui begins lieutenant gov re-election campaign" accessed June 14, 2013
  5. "Senate President Shan Tsutsui Welcomes Shimabukuro and Solomon to Hawaii Senate," Hawaii Reporter, December 22, 2010
  6. 6.0 6.1 Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, " Biography," accessed July 24, 2013
  7. Star Advertiser, "Abercrombie picks Schatz to replace Inouye in U.S. Senate," December 26, 2012
  8. Star Advertiser, "Abercrombie picks Schatz to replace Inouye in U.S. Senate," December 26, 2012
  9. Hawaii Reporter, "Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui Will Run in 2014" accessed June 14, 2013
  10., " Unofficial 2012 Primary election candidate list," accessed March 24, 2014
  11. Hawaii Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary election results," accessed March 24, 2014
  12. Hawaii Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed December 13, 2013
  13. District 4 Hawaii Senate candidate funds, 2006
  14. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Shan S. Tsutsui," accessed July 9, 2013
  15. Follow the Money, "2010 campaign contributions," accessed December 19, 2014
  16. 2008 contributions to Shan Tsutsui
  17. 2006 contributions to Shan Tsutsui
  18. Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, "2010 Legislative Score Card," accessed October 23, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Brian E. Schatz (D)
Hawaii Lieutenant Governor
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Rosalyn Baker (D)
Hawaii State Senate District 5
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Hawaii State Senate District 4
Succeeded by
Malama Solomon (D)