Daniel Akaka

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Daniel Akaka
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U.S. Senate, Hawaii
Former member
In office
January 3, 1990-January 3, 2013
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) was 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 did not seek re-election in 2012. Four candidates ran in the August 11, 2012 primary.[3]


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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



Fiscal Cliff

Template:Suport vote Akaka 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. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]



See also: United States Senate elections in Hawaii, 2012

Akaka did not run for re-election in 2012.[6] Mazie K. Hirono defeated Linda Lingle (R), James Brewer, Jr. (G), Heath Beasley (I), and Paul Manner in the general election.


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.[7]

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.[8]


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.[9]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.[10]

National Journal vote ratings


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Akaka ranked 3rd in the liberal rankings among U.S. Senators.[11]

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.[12]

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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