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Russell Ruderman

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Russell Ruderman
Russell Ruderman.jpg
Hawaii State Senate District 2
In office
November 6, 2012-Present
Term ends
November 8, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$57,852/year
Per diem$175/day off Oahu; $10/day on Oahu
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
High schoolOverbrook High School
Bachelor'sPenn State University
Russel Ruderman is a Democratic member of the Hawaii State Senate, representing District 2. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Ruderman earned his diploma from Overbrook High School in 1971 and his B.S. in Biology from Penn State University in 1975. His professional experience includes working as the founder and president of Island Naturals Markets.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy and Environment
Ways and Means


Campaign themes


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

  • "Job creation;
  • Sustainable economic development;
  • Support better education, including local control of schools, and support for Charter Schools;
  • Protect our environment;
  • Support small farmers and organic agriculture;
  • Safe, renewable energy and energy efficiency;
  • Improve transportation in Puna – make Highway 130 safe!
  • Support campaign finance reform;
  • Establish video conferencing for Neighbor Islands;
  • Support for Native Hawaiian rights;
  • Support for LGBT civil rights."



See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2012

Ruderman won election in the 2012 election for Hawaii State Senate District 2. He defeated Wendell Ka'ehu'ae'a, Bob Herkes and Gary Safarik in the August 11 Democratic primary and defeated Daryl Lee Smith (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Hawaii State Senate, District 2, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRussell Ruderman 76.9% 10,487
     Republican Daryl Lee Smith 23.1% 3,154
Total Votes 13,641
Hawaii State Senate, District 2 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRussell Ruderman 37.5% 3,106
Bob Herkes 33.3% 2,756
Wendell Ka'ehu'ae'a 14.8% 1,227
Gary Safarik 14.4% 1,192
Total Votes 8,281

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ruderman is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Ruderman raised a total of $41,198 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 24, 2013.[5]

Russell Ruderman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State Senate, District 2 Won $41,198
Grand Total Raised $41,198


Ruderman won election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Ruderman raised a total of $41,198.
Hawaii State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Russell Ruderman's campaign in 2012
Ruderman, Russell E$23,808
Hawaii State Teachers Association$1,500
Hawaii Government Employees Association$1,000
Bell, Barbara$874
Leo, Pat$700
Total Raised in 2012$41,198
Source:Follow the Money


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

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In 2014, the Hawaii State Legislature was in session from January 15 through May 2.[6]

Legislators are scored on their "support and advocacy for small business and an improved business climate."


In 2013, the Hawaii State Legislature was in session from January 16 to May 3.[7]

Legislators are scored on their "support and advocacy for small business and an improved business climate."


Ruderman has one child. He is a photographer, sailor, scuba diver and member of three bands ranging from classic rock to Latin dance.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gilbert Kahele (D)
Hawaii State Senate District 2
Succeeded by