Fred Hemmings

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Fred Hemmings
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Candidate for
Hawaii State Senate District 25
Prior offices
Hawaii State Senate District 25
Date of birthJanuary 9, 1946
Place of birthHonolulu, HI
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Hemming comments on opening of 2009 legislative session

Frederick M. Hemmings, Jr. (b. January 9, 1946) was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 25 of the Hawaii State Senate.

Hemmings was a Republican state senator in the Hawaii State Senate, representing the 25th District from 2000-2010. Senator Hemmings did not run for re-election in the Hawaii State Senate elections of 2010.[1]

Hemmings was Oahu County Chairman for the Republican Party of Hawaii from 1975 to 1976. He then served in the Hawaii State House of Representatives from 1984 to 1990. During this time he served as Republican Floor Leader. In 1990 he was a Gubernatorial Candidate for the State of Hawaii. He joined the Hawaii State Senate in 2000 and has served in that position since. He has been Senate Minority Leader since 2006.

Hemmings was a Columnist for the Honolulu Star Bulletin in 1966. He was a Consultant/Test Pilot for "Big Surf" in 1969. He was also a Commercial Actor in 1966, 1967, and 1970. He worked as a Producer/host for the Hawaii Sports Scene, KITV, in 1972. He also worked as a Commentator of Sports Spectacular for the Columbia Broadcasting System from 1976 to 1977. In addition, he was a Commentator of the Wide World of Sports for American Broadcasting Company from 1970 to 1975 and in 1978. Hemmings was a Commentator of Sports World for National Broadcasting Company from 1979 to 1983. He was then a Radio Talk Show Host for KGU Radio and a Contributing Editor for the Honolulu Magazine from 1991 to 1992. He was an author in 1977, 1979, and 1997. From 2004 to 2005 he was Co-Host of "Eqal Time with Fred Hemmings" on KHNR Radio 97.5. He has worked as Owner/Marketing/Communications/Consulting for Sports Enterprises Limited Liability Company since 1970.

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See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2012

Hemmings ran in the 2012 election for Hawaii State Senate District 25. Hemmings ran unopposed in the August 11 Republican primary and was defeated by Laura Thielen (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Hawaii State Senate, District 25, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLaura Thielen 59.5% 13,703
     Republican Fred Hemmings 40.5% 9,333
Total Votes 23,036


On November 7, 2006, Hemmings won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate from Hawaii's 25th Senate District. Hemmings received 10,408 votes in the election, defeating Frank Lockwood (D), who received 4,981 votes. Additionally, 742 "Blank" votes and 4 "Other" votes were cast in the election.[5] Hemmings raised $47,618 for his campaign; Lockwood raised $28,753.[6]

Hawaii State Senate, District 25 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Fred Hemmings (R) 10,408 64.5%
Frank Lockwood (D) 4,981 30.9%
Blank 1,013 4.6%
Over 4 0.0%

Campaign donors


In 2008, a year in which he was not up for re-election, Hemmings collected $3,210 in campaign contributions.[7] The three largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Fred Hemmings $560
Linda Lingle Campaign Committee $559
Friends of Keoki Leong $559


In 2006, Hemmings collected $47,618 in campaign contributions.[8] The five largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Castle and Cooke Inc. Legislative Committee $3,500
Hawaii Association of Realtors $3,000
Painting Industry of Hawaii $3,000
Steven K. Sombrero $2,000
Christopher J.D. Haig $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.[9] The Institute observed state legislators' votes on issues involving taxes, spending, scope of government, business climate, and raids on special funds. Hemmings received a total score of 78%. Here are the scores Hemmings received based on specific categories.

2010 Hawaii Senate Legislative Scorecard
Taxes Business climate Spending Individual liberty Raids Scope of government
80% 75% 100% 100% 63% 67%

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Hemmings and his wife, Lydia, have four children.

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Preceded by
Hawaii State Senate - District 25
Succeeded by
Pohai Ryan