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Beth Fukumoto
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Hawaii House of Representatives District 36
In office
November 6, 2012-Present
Term ends
November 4, 2014
Years in position 3
State House Minority Floor Leader
Base salary$46,272/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAmerican Studies and Sociology, University of Hawaii Manoa (2006)
Master'sEnglish, Georgetown University (2008)
Beth Fukumoto is a Republican member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing District 36. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012. She has served as State House Minority Floor Leader since 2012.

Fukumoto was a Republican candidate for District 37 in the Hawaii House of Representatives in the September 18, 2010 state legislative elections. The general election was November 2, 2010.

Committee assignments


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

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Human Services


Campaign themes


Fukumoto's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Lower Taxes
Excerpt: "My stance on taxes is simple: no more money until we see better results. There’s nothing new about wanting to lower taxes, but that’s because high taxes are a persistent and pervasive problem. Hawaii taxes the poor more heavily than most other states."
  • Better Jobs
Excerpt: "The fact that Hawaii’s unemployment rate remains below the national rate is sometimes difficult to get excited about when the best and the brightest of our young people are leaving Hawaii for better jobs on the mainland. ...Budget and unemployment problems are not solved by laws that drive investors away and ruin the State’s reputation. We need people in government that understand that and will reach out to businesses and reach into the international markets to build stable and sustainable jobs for Hawaii."
  • Smart Development
Excerpt: "While new developments can be important, community-enhancing endeavors, I believe it is vital that we protect the community’s right to weigh-in on major projects in our area."
  • Sustainability & Green Job Creation
Excerpt: "Hawaii should be a leader in clean energy use and development. We have the ideal environment for developing clean energy technologies that would simultaneously decrease the cost of energy, reduce pollution, draw international business and bring better jobs to Hawaii."
  • Innovation in Education
Excerpt: "Hawaii has great teachers who don’t get paid enough and capable students who don’t get the tools they need to really excel. There’s too much wasted potential in our education system."



See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

Fukumoto won election in the 2012 election for Hawaii House of Representatives District 36. Fukumoto defeated Mel Apana in the August 11 Republican primary and defeated District 38 incumbent Marilyn Lee (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 36, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBeth Fukumoto 52.4% 5,334
     Democratic Marilyn Lee Incumbent 47.6% 4,838
Total Votes 10,172

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 36 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBeth Fukumoto 66.7% 1,158
Mel Apana 33.3% 578
Total Votes 1,736


See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2010

Fukumoto had no opposition in the September 18 primary. She lost to Ryan Yamane (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[5]

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Preceded by
Roy Takumi (D)
Hawaii House of Representatives District 36
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