Clarence Nishihara

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Clarence Nishihara
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Hawaii State Senate District 17
Incumbent
In office
2004 - Present
Term ends
November 4, 2014
Years in position 10
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$46,272/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa (1970)
Master'sUniversity of Hawaii (1993)
Personal
Place of birthMakawao, Hawaii
Websites
Campaign website
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Clarence Nishihara is a Democratic member of the Hawaii State Senate, representing District 18. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Biography

Nishihara earned his B.A. from the University of Hawaii-Manoa. His professional experience includes working as a school administrator.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture, Chair
Commerce and Consumer Protection
Health
Technology and the Arts, Vice Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Nishihara served on these committees:

Elections

2012

See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2012

Nishihara won re-election in the 2012 election for Hawaii State Senate District 17. Nishihara defeated Alex Sonson in the August 11 Democratic primary and ran unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

Hawaii State Senate, District 17 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngClarence Nishihara Incumbent 61.1% 5,295
Alex Sonson 38.9% 3,365
Total Votes 8,660

2008

On November 4, 2008, Nishihara won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate from Hawaii's 18th Senate District. Nishihara ran unopposed in the election. He raised $101,426 for his campaign.[3]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Nishihara is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Nishihara raised a total of $226,949 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 25, 2013.[4]

Clarence Nishihara's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State Senate, District 17 Won $63,162
2010 Hawaii State Senate, District 18 Not up for election $18,474
2008 Hawaii State Senate, District 18 Won $101,426
2006 Hawaii State Senate, District 18 Not up for election $12,250
2004 Hawaii State Senate, District 18 Won $31,637
Grand Total Raised $226,949

2012

Nishihara won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Nishihara raised a total of $63,162.
Hawaii State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Clarence Nishihara's campaign in 2012
Hawaii Carpenters & Joiners$3,700
Hawaii State Teachers Association$3,200
Painters Local 1791$2,800
Altria$2,500
Hawaii Association of Realtors$2,350
Total Raised in 2012$63,162
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Nishihara was not up for election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Nishihara raised a total of $18,474.

2008

Nishihara won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Nishihara raised a total of $101,426.

2006

Nishihara was not up for election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Nishihara raised a total of $12,250.

2004

Nishihara won election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Nishihara raised a total of $31,637.

Scorecards

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.[5] The Institute observed state legislators' votes on issues involving taxes, spending, scope of government, business climate, and raids on special funds. Nishihara received a total score of 6%. Here are the scores Nishihara received based on specific categories.

2010 Hawaii Senate Legislative Scorecard
Taxes Business climate Spending Individual liberty Raids Scope of government
0% 4% 0% 67% 0% 0%

Personal

Nishihara and his wife, Lynn, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michelle Kidani (D)
Hawaii State Senate District 17
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Hawaii State Senate District 18
2004–2012
Succeeded by
Michelle Kidani (D)