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Daniel Akaka
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U.S. Senate, Hawaii
In office
January 3, 1990-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 25
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last election2010
First elected1990
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Appointed byGovernor John Waihee
Term limitsN/A
U.S. House of Representatives
High schoolThe Kamehameha School for Boys (1942)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Hawaii (1952)
Master'sUniversity of Hawaii (1953), (1961), (1966)
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1943-1947
Date of birthSeptember 11, 1924
Place of birthHonolulu, Hawaii
ProfessionEducator (Teacher)
ReligionCongregationalist [1]
Office website
Daniel Kahikina Akaka (b. September 11, 1924) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Hawaii. Akaka was first elected to the Senate in 1990.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Akaka is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[2]

Akaka is not seeking re-election in 2012. Four candidates are running in the August 11, 2012 primary.[3]


Born in Honolulu, he served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. He attended the University of Hawaii, where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees.[1] He was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1976 to represent Hawaii's Second Congressional District, and he served for 13 years. In 1990 he was appointed to the U.S. Senate to succeed the deceased Spark Matsunaga. Akaka would later be re-elected to three full terms. In March 2011 he announced that he will not run for re-election in 2012.[4]


  • 1943-1945:Army Corps of Engineers
  • 1945-1947:U.S. Army Active Duty
  • 1953-1960:High School Teacher
  • 1960-1969:Vice-Principal and Head Principal

Akaka also served as a welder and mechanic while serving as a First-Mate on the Morningstar and in various government positions including Hawaii Office of Economic Opportunity, Office of Governor George Ariyoshi, and Director of Progressive Neighborhood Program.

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate



Political Positions



See also: United States Senate elections in Hawaii, 2012

Akaka is not running for re-election in 2012.[5] Ed Case and Mazie Hirono are seeking the Democratic nomination, while John Carroll and Linda Lingle are seeking the Republican nomination. Primary elections will be held on August 11, 2012.


On November 7, 2006, Akaka won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Cynthia Thielen (R), and Lloyd Jeffrey Mallan (L) in the general election.[6]

U.S. Senate, Hawaii General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel K. Akaka Incumbent 61.3% 210,330
     Republican Cynthia Thielen 36.8% 126,097
     Libertarian Lloyd Jeffrey Mallan 1.9% 6,415
Total Votes 342,842

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Akaka's campaign funds before the 2006 election.

Akaka won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2006. During that re-election cycle, Akaka's campaign committee raised a total of $2,692,645 and spent $2,911,300.[7]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Akaka paid his congressional staff a total of $1,983,238 in 2011. He ranks 3rd on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 15th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Hawaii ranks 10th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[8]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Akaka's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $619,008 and $1,362,000. That averages to $990,504, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[9]

Percentage voting with party

Daniel Akaka voted with the Democratic Party 96 of the time, which ranked 13 among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.[10]

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Akaka and his wife Millie are the parents of four sons and a daughter who have blessed them with 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. They currently reside in Honolulu, Hawaii. [1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Spark Matsunaga
U.S. Senate - Hawaii
Succeeded by