Donovan Dela Cruz

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Donovan Dela Cruz
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Hawaii State Senate District 22
In office
2010 - Present
Term ends
November 8, 2016
Years in position 4
Base salary$57,852/year
Per diem$175/day off Oahu; $10/day on Oahu
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Honolulu City Council
2002 - 2008
High schoolLeilehua High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Oregon (1994)
BirthdayJuly 6, 1973
Place of birthWahiawa, Hawaii
Personal website
Campaign website
Donovan Dela Cruz (b. July 6, 1973) is a Democratic member of the Hawaii State Senate, representing District 22. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Dela Cruz earned his B.S. in Journalism and Communications from the University of Oregon. His professional experience includes serving on the Honolulu City Council from 2002 to 2010, acting as chairperson from 2003 to 2007 and working as an account supervisor for the public relations firm Stryker Weiner & Yokota.

Committee assignments


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

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Economic Development, Government Operations and Housing, Chair
Transportation and International Affairs, Vice Chair
Ways and Means


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


Campaign themes


Dela Cruz's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Committed to Growing the Economy and Creating Jobs
"The State's economy needs a plan. Families and businesses continue to struggle. Businesses are still fearful to hire due to economic uncertainty. There needs to be a shift. Senator Dela Cruz maintains that the state needs to move away from the practice of government borrowing and spending its way out of problems."
  • Committed to Hawaii's Environment and Local Agriculture
"Senator Dela Cruz believes that the State must make a solid commitment to ensure that native forests and agricultural lands will be around for now and for generations to come."



See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2012

Dela Cruz won re-election in the 2012 election for Hawaii State Senate District 22. Dela Cruz ran unopposed in the August 11 Democratic primary and defeated Charles Aki (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Hawaii State Senate, District 22, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDonovan Dela Cruz Incumbent 73.5% 10,393
     Republican Charles Aki 26.5% 3,740
Total Votes 14,133


See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2010

Cruz defeated Michael Magaoay, Gerald T. (Gerry) Hagino, and Mike Lyons in the September 18 primary. He defeated Charles (Bo) Aki (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[5]

Hawaii State Senate, District 22
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Donovan Dela Cruz (D) 8,738 67.3%
Charles (Bo) Aki (R) 3,576 27.6%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cruz is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Cruz raised a total of $392,322 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 25, 2013.[6]

Donovan Dela Cruz's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State Senate, District 22 Won $160,957
2010 Hawaii State Senate, District 22 Won $231,365
Grand Total Raised $392,322


Cruz won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Cruz raised a total of $160,957.
Hawaii State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Donovan Dela Cruz's campaign in 2012
Hawaii Operating Engineers$4,000
Iwamoto, Chad Q$4,000
Plumbers & Pipefitters$4,000
Iwamoto, Tiffany P$4,000
Young, Russell K$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$160,957
Source:Follow the Money


Cruz won election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Cruz raised a total of $231,365.


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In 2014, the Hawaii State Legislature was in session from January 15 through May 2.[7]


In 2013, the Hawaii State Legislature was in session from January 16 to May 3.[8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Bunda
Hawaii State Senate District 22
Succeeded by