Gil Riviere

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Gil Riviere
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Hawaii State Senate, District 23
In office
November 4, 2014 - Present
Term ends
November 5, 2018
Years in position 1
Minority Whip, Hawaii State House of Representatives
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 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Hawaii House of Representatives
District 46
Place of birthWaialua, HI
ProfessionFounder, Town and Country Mortgage, LLC
Office website
Campaign website
Gil Riviere is a Democratic member of the Hawaii State Senate, representing District 23. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Riviere previously served as a Republican member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing District 46 and serving as House Minority Whip from 2010 to 2012. He switched parties following his defeat in the 2012 Republican primary.[1]


Riviere's professional experience includes owning and operating Town and Country Mortgage, LLC, a Waialua mortgage brokerage, serving as President of Keep the North Shore Country, an advocacy organization that seeks to "preserve ... the heritage and rural character of the North Shore of Oahu," and representing Waialua on the North Shore Neighborhood Board and served as president of the Waialua Little League. [2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture, Vice chair
Human Services and Housing
Water and Land
Ways and Means


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


Campaign themes


Riviere's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

Development / Economy / Tourism

  • Excerpt: "Possibly the most important decision facing our district in early 2014 is how the Koolauloa Sustainable Communities Plan (KSCP) will be updated by the City. While this is not a decision to be made by a State Legislator, the development proposed in the plan would so dramatically alter the rural nature of Koolauloa and effect surrounding communities that I cannot remain silent on the issue."


  • Excerpt: "I have been involved with efforts to push a long range solution to the traffic jams at Laniakea since 2005. There have been moments when it seemed like progress was being made, such as when our former Senator and my predecessor in the House secured funding in 2007 for a traffic alternatives study, and during my term of office when the Laniakea Realignment Task Force started."

Agriculture / Land Use / GMO

  • Excerpt: "Land classifications, zoning policies and allowable uses are the kuleana of society, through its government. While I support land owner rights to use their properties to the fullest extent allowed by the underlying zoning laws, I reject the premise that land owners are entitled to routine zone changes that instantly increase their property value."


  • Excerpt: "Do our schools prepare every student for their working lives? Should every student go to college? If the answer to both questions is No, then are we asking the right questions when we complain about the quality of education in our schools and future opportunities for our kids? Higher education is a requirement for many careers, but many of the most successful people in the world never attended or graduated from university."


  • Excerpt: "There is still a push for the inter-island cable from certain state officials, and I am looking forward to getting back in the ring to help protect the public from the boondoggle that is the inter-island power cable for renewable energy."



See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Hawaii State Senate 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. Gil Riviere was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Richard Lee Fale defeated Norman Kaaipohaku J. Brown and Colleen Meyer in the Republican primary. Riviere defeated Fale in the general election.[4][5][6]

Hawaii State Senate, District 23, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGil Riviere 52.3% 5,319
     Republican Richard Lee Fale 47.7% 4,854
Total Votes 10,173
Hawaii State Senate, District 23 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Lee Fale 58.9% 1,286
Colleen Meyer 35.6% 777
Norman Kaaipohaku J. Brown 5.5% 119
Total Votes 2,182


See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

Riviere ran in the 2012 election for Hawaii House of Representatives District 47. Riviere was defeated by Richard Fale in the Republican primary on August 11, 2012.[7][8]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 47 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Fale 52.8% 727
Gil Riviere Incumbent 47.2% 651
Total Votes 1,378


See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2010

Riviere had no opposition in the September 18 primary. He defeated Larry Sagaysay in the general election on November 2, 2010.[9]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 46 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Gil Riviere (R) 3,109 54.2%
Larry Sagaysay (D) 2,332 40.7%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Riviere raised $36,248 in contributions.[10]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Hawaii Association Of Realtors $2,000
Linda Lingle Campaign Cmte $2,000
Hawaii Republican Party $2,000
Quinlan, William J $1,350


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Riviere and his wife, Liz, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Clayton Hee (D)
Hawaii State Senate District 23
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Michael Magaoay (D)
Hawaii House District 46
Succeeded by
Marcus Oshiro (D)