Colleen Hanabusa

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Colleen W. Hanabusa
Colleen W. Hanabusa.jpg
U.S. House, Hawaii, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorCharles Djou (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,725,972
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Hawaii State Senate, 21st District
1999-2010
Education
High schoolSt. Andrew's Priory
Bachelor'sUniversity of Hawai'i (1973)
Master'sUniversity of Hawai'i (1975)
J.D.University of Hawai'i's William S. Richardson School of Law (1977)
Personal
BirthdayMay 4, 1951
Place of birthWai'anae, Hawaii
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$2,318,007
ReligionBuddist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Colleen Wakako Hanabusa (b. May 4, 1951) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Hanabusa was elected by voters from Hawaii's 1st congressional district. She was first elected to the U.S. House in 2010.[1]

Hanabusa won in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Hawaii's 1st District.[2][3] She won re-election in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

Hanabusa announced on May 2, 2013 her decision to run for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Brian Schatz in 2014.[5][6]

She previously was a member of the Hawaii State Senate from District 21 from 1999 to 2010.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Hanabusa is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Colleen Hanabusa grew up in Waiʻanae, Hawaii with her two younger brothers, her parents, and her grandparents.[1]

  • Education
    • 1969: Graduated from St. Andrew’s Priory[1]
    • 1973: Graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology[1]
    • 1975: Graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Master of Arts in Sociology.[1]
    • 1977: Earned her law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law.[1]

Career

Hanabusa was a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, District 2, Hawaii, in 2006. She joined the Hawaii State Senate in 1998. From 2003 to 2007 she was Senate Majority Leader. She has served as Senate President from 2007 to 2010, representing the 21st district.

Hanabusa was owner/attorney of Colleen Hanabua Sakurai from 1978 to 1980. She worked as Partner/Attorney for Koshiba and Young Law Office from 1980 to 1990. She then worked as owner/attorney for Sakurai and Sing, AAL, ALC, from 1990 to 1998. She has been owner/attorney of Colleen Hanabusa, AALLC, since 1998.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Hanabusa serves on the following committees:[7]

  • Committee on Armed Services
    • Subcommittee on Readiness
    • Subcommittee on Seapower & Projection Forces
  • Committee on Natural Resources
    • Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs - Ranking Member
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
    • Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation

2011-2012

Hanabusa served in the following committees:

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Hanabusa voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[9]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate special election in Hawaii, 2014 and Hawaii gubernatorial election, 2014

Hanabusa was late U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye's preferred successor. However on December 26, 2012, Governor Neil Abercrombie denied Inouye his deathbed request by naming his Lieutenant Governor, Brian E. Schatz (D), to fill the vacancy.[10] [11] Despite being picked over for the appointment, Hanabusa will run for election to the remainder of the term in 2014,[12][13][14] when the governor is also up for election. Hanabusa announced her decision to run for the U.S. Senate seat on May 2, 2013.[15][16]

As reported in The Hill on December 27, 2012, she was for a time considered a potential Democratic challenger to Abercrombie in the 2014 gubernatorial primary election.[17][18]

Endorsements

The widow of Hawaii Senator Daniel K. Inouye endorsed Democratic Rep. Hanabusa’s bid against Sen. Brian Schatz (D), a move she said honors one of the late senator’s “last requests.”[19] In a statement Irene Hirano Inouye said, “Shortly after she was elected President of the Hawaii State Senate, Dan recognized that Colleen was more than capable of succeeding him and he began to mentor her. His last wish was that Colleen serve out his term because he was confident in her ability to step into the Senate and immediately help Hawaii. I am honoring one of his last requests, and look forward to supporting Colleen on the campaign trail.”[19]

2012

See also: Hawaii's 1st congressional district elections, 2012
Colleen Hanabusa for House campaign logo.

Hanabusa ran successfully for 2012 re-election to U.S. House, representing Hawaii's 1st District. Hanabusa won the nomination on the Democratic ticket after defeating Roy F. Wyttenbach II in the primary.[3][20] The signature filing deadline was June 5, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 11, 2012. Hanabusa then defeated Charles Djou (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[21][3]

U.S. House, Hawaii District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngColleen Hanabusa Incumbent 53.5% 116,505
     Republican Charles Djou 44.5% 96,824
     n/a Blank Votes 2.1% 4,467
Total Votes 217,796
Source: Hawaii Office of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Hawaii District 1 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngColleen Hanabusa Incumbent 84.1% 92,136
Roy Wyttenbach II 15.9% 17,369
Total Votes 109,505

Full history


2008

On November 4, 2008, Hanabusa was re-elected to the Hawaii State Senate from Hawaii's 21st Senate District. Hanabusa received 7,818 votes in the election, defeating Dickyj Johnson (R), who received 2,329 votes. Additionally, 509 "Blank" votes and 5 "Over" votes were cast in the election.[23] Hanabusa raised $208,956 for her campaign; Johnson raised $1,844.[24]

Hawaii State Senate, District 21 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Colleen Hanabusa (D) 7,818 73.3%
Dickyj Johnson (R) 2,329 21.8%
Blank 509 4.8%
Over 5 0.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hanabusa is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Hanabusa raised a total of $3,725,972 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[25]

Colleen Hanabusa's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Hawaii, District 1) Won $1,290,102
2010 U.S. House (Hawaii, District 1) Won $2,435,870
Grand Total Raised $3,725,972

2012

Breakdown of the source of Hanabusa's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Hanabusa won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Hanabusa's campaign committee raised a total of $1,290,102 and spent $1,162,295.[26]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Hanabusa's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Hanabusa won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Hanabusa's campaign committee raised a total of $2,435,870 and spent $2,373,444 .[27]

U.S. House of Representatives, Hawaii's 1st Congressional District, 2010 - Colleen Hanabusa Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,435,870
Total Spent $2,373,444
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $2,698,779
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $2,576,326
Top contributors to Colleen Hanabusa's campaign committee
EMILY's List$71,652
Alexander & Baldwin$34,500
Cronin, Fried et al$29,800
Pop Fishing & Marine$25,899
American Optometric Assn$17,600
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$166,967
Real Estate$125,050
Retired$120,770
Building Trade Unions$112,000
Women's Issues$91,002

2008

In 2008, Hanabusa collected $208,956 in campaign contributions.[28] The five largest contributors to her campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Patsy T. Mink PAC $4,000
Hawaii Operating Engineers $4,000
Electrical Workers Local 1186 $4,000
Plumbers and Pipefitters $4,000
Hawaii Association of Realtors $3,800

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hanabusa is a "centrist Democratic follower," as of June 14, 2013.[29]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Hanabusa missed 11 of 1,695 roll call votes from Jan 2011 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 0.6%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[30]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Hanabusa paid her congressional staff a total of $895,446 in 2011. She ranks 26th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and she ranks 142nd overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Hawaii ranks 40th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[31]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Hanabusa's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,471,014 and $3,165,000. That averages to $2,318,007, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth increased by 22.74% from 2010.[32]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Hanabusa's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,061,013 and $2,715,999. That averages to $1,888,506, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[33]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Hanabusa ranked 143rd in the liberal rankings in 2012.[34]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Hanabusa ranked 76th in the liberal rankings.[35]

Voting with party

2013

Colleen Hanabusa voted with the Democratic Party 96.3 of the time, which ranked 25 among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[36]

Recent news

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Personal

Congresswoman Hanabusa is married to Honolulu businessman John Souza. They have a 7 year-old Border Collie named Little. [1]

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa "About Colleen" Accessed October 28,2011
  2. Roll Call "Hanabusa Will Seek Re-Election, Not Bid for Senate" Accessed December 5, 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 AP Results "Hawaii U.S. House Primary Election Results" Accessed August 12, 2012
  4. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Hawaii," November 7, 2012
  5. Huffington Post " Colleen Hanabusa Senate Run: Congresswoman Says She Will Challenge Brian Schatz" Accessed May 3, 2013
  6. Yahoo News "Hanabusa announces US Senate run in Hawaii" Accessed May 3, 2013
  7. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa "Committees" Accessed October 28, 2011
  9. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  10. Washington Post "Gov. Abercrombie to appoint Inouye’s replacement," December 17, 2012
  11. The Washington Post, "Hawaii governor picks Brian Schatz for Inouye’s seat," December 26, 2012
  12. WMTW.com "Inouye gave preference for successor before he died," December 18, 2012
  13. CBS news, "Inouye replaceent to be named Wednesday," December 24, 2012
  14. Civil Beat, "Inouye's Last Wish Is Abercrombie's Biggest Burden," December 24, 2012
  15. Huffington Post " Colleen Hanabusa Senate Run: Congresswoman Says She Will Challenge Brian Schatz" Accessed May 3, 2013
  16. Yahoo News "Hanabusa announces US Senate run in Hawaii" Accessed May 3, 2013
  17. The Hill, "Source: Hanabusa receiving 'a lot of pressure' to run against Abercrombie," December 27, 2012
  18. KHON2, "EXCLUSIVE: Hanabusa says 2014 run for governor, Senate, House all on table," January 14, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 Washington Post "Inouye’s widow endorses Hanabusa against Schatz" Accessed May 3, 2013
  20. Roll Call "Hanabusa Will Seek Re-Election, Not Bid for Senate" Accessed December 5, 2011
  21. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Hawaii," November 7, 2012
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. Hawaii Senate official election results for 2008
  24. District 21 Hawaii Senate candidate funds, 2008
  25. Open Secrets "Colleen Hanabusa" Accessed April 5, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Colleen Hanabusa 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  27. Open Secrets "Colleen Hanabusa 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 27, 2011
  28. 2008 contributions to Colleen Hanabusa
  29. Gov Track "Hanabusa" Accessed June 14, 2013
  30. GovTrack, "Colleen Hanabusa," Accessed April 1, 2013
  31. LegiStorm "Colleen Hanabusa"
  32. OpenSecrets.org, "Hanabusa (D-Hawaii), 2011"
  33. OpenSecrets.org, "Hanabusa, (D-Hawaii), 2010"
  34. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  35. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  36. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Djou
U.S. House of Representatives - Hawaii District 1
2011–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Hawaii State Senate - District 21
1998–2010
Succeeded by
Maile Shimbukuro