Hawaii House of Representatives

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Hawaii House of Representatives

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General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   None
2015 session start:   January 18, 2012
Website:   Official House Page
House Speaker:  Calvin Say, (D)
Majority Leader:   Pono Chong, (D)
Minority Leader:   Gene Ward, (R)
Members:  51
   Democratic Party (44)
Republican Party (7)
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Article III of the Hawaii Constitution
Salary:   $48,708/year + per diem
Last Election:  November 2, 2010 (51 seats)
Next election:  November 6, 2012 (51 seats)
Redistricting:  Hawaii Reapportionment Commission
The Hawaii House of Representatives is the lower house of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature. It has 51 members who are elected from 51 districts. Each member represents an average of 26,673 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 23,756 residents.[2]

The 51 members of the House are elected to two-year terms with no term limits. The House of Representatives convenes each session on the third Wednesday in January. Regular sessions are limited to a period of 60 working days, which exclude Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and designated recess days[3]. In 2010, the House was in session from January 20th to April 29th.[4]


Article III of the Hawaii Constitution establishes when the Hawaii State Legislature, which the House of Representatives is a part of, is to be in session. Section 10 of Article III states that the Legislature shall convene in regular session on the third Wednesday in January of every year. Regular sessions are limited to sixty legislative days, but they can be extended by fifteen days by the Governor of Hawaii or by the request of two-thirds of each legislative house. Section 10 mandates that the Legislature take a mandatory recess of at least five days during each regular session.

Section 10 also contains provisions regarding special sessions of the Legislature. Special sessions can involve both houses of the Legislature or the Senate alone. Special sessions can be convened by the Governor of Hawaii or by two-thirds of the house or houses seeking to convene. Special sessions are limited in length. They are not to last more than thirty legislative days, but they, like regular sessions, can be extended for fifteen days.


See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the House will be in session from January 18 through late April.

Major issues

The legislature is expected to focus on job creation, creating a sustainable economy, sustainable and renewable energy, improving the state's information technology infrastructure, and education funding.[5]


See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

In 2011, the House was in session from January 19 through May 5.


See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

In 2010, the House of Representatives was in session from January 20th to April 29th.



See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Hawaii House of Representatives will be held in Hawaii on November 6, 2012. All 51 seats will be up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections is July 12, 2012. The primary election day will be August 11, 2012.[6]


See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Hawaii State Representative were held in Hawaii on November 2, 2010.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was July 20, 2010, and the primary election day was September 18, 2010.

The partisan breakdown of the House before and after the election was as follows:

Hawaii House of Representatives
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 45 43
     Republican Party 6 8
Total 51 51

In 2010, the total amount of contributions raised in house campaigns was $3,066,163. The top donors were: [7]

Donor Amount
Hawaii Association of Realtors $81,950
Hapai, Marlene $30,613
Hawaii State Teachers Association $27,600
Hawaii Carpenters and Joiners $25,500
Hawaii Republican Party $24,525
Electrical Workers Local 1186 $24,500
Hawaii Medical Service Association $24,300
Radcliffe, John H $22,350
Operating Engineers Local 3 $22,250
Linda Lingle Campaign Cmte $22,000


From Article III, Section 7 of the Hawaii Constitution: No person shall be eligible to serve as a member of the house of representatives unless the person has been a resident of the State for not less than three years, has attained the age of majority and is, prior to filing nomination papers and thereafter continues to be, a qualified voter of the representative district from which the person seeks to be elected; except that in the year of the first general election following reapportionment, but prior to the primary election, an incumbent representative may move to a new district without being disqualified from completing the remainder of the incumbent representative's term.


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
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If there is a vacancy in the House, the Governor is responsible for appointing a replacement. For all vacancies, the Governor must appoint a replacement within 60 days after the vacancy happened. The candidate is selected from a list of three prospective candidates submitted by the political party that last held the vacant seat. The party has thirty days after the vacancy to submit a list of prospective candidates. If the person leaving the seat is a independent, the Governor must select a resident from the vacant district that is not a member of any political party[8] [9].


Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state houses
Party As of April 2015
     Democratic Party 44
     Republican Party 7
Total 51


The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body. Duties of the Speaker include preserving order and decorum and appointing all committee and subcommittee members.[10]

The 2011 session began on January 19 without Democratic leadership. A rift between old-line and progressive Democrats left members divided over leadership.[11]

House Leadership of the 26th Legislature 2011-2012[12]

Position Representative Party
State Speaker of the House Calvin Say Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Speaker Emeritus Joseph Souki Electiondot.png Democratic
State Vice Speaker of the House Joey Manahan Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Leader Pono Chong Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Floor Leader Cindy Evans Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Whip Diana Mele Carroll Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Whip Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Whip Ken Ito Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Whip John Mizuno Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Whip James Tokioka Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Leader Gene Ward Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Floor Leader Kymberly Marcos Pine Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Leader Cynthia Thielen Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Floor Leader Corinne Ching Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Policy Leader Barbara Marumoto-Coons Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Whip George Fontaine Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Whip Aaron Johanson Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Whip Gil Riviere Ends.png Republican


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2011, members of the Hawaii legislature are paid $46,272/year. Additionally, legislators receive $150/day for per diem for members living outside Oahu during session, and $120/day during the interim while conducting official legislative business. Members living inside Oahu receive $10/day during the interim while conducting legislative business.[13]

The $46,272/year that Hawaii legislators are paid as of 2011 is an increase over the $35,900 they were paid during legislative sessions in 2007. Per diem for members outside the Oahu area has increased from $120/day in 2007 to $150/day in 2011. [14]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

Hawaii legislators assume office the first day of Legislative session following the election (usually the third Wednesday of January).

Current members

District Representative Party Residence
1 Mark Nakashima Electiondot.png Democratic Honoka'a
2 Jerry Chang Electiondot.png Democratic Hilo
3 Cliff Tsuji Electiondot.png Democratic Hilo
4 Faye Hanohano Electiondot.png Democratic Pahoa
5 Robert Herkes Electiondot.png Democratic Volcano
6 Denny Coffman Electiondot.png Democratic
7 Cindy Evans Electiondot.png Democratic
8 Joseph Souki Electiondot.png Democratic Wailuku
9 Gilbert Keith-Agaran Electiondot.png Democratic
10 Angus McKelvey Electiondot.png Democratic Lahaina
11 George Fontaine Ends.png Republican Kiheu
12 Kyle Yamashita Electiondot.png Democratic
13 Diana Mele Carroll Electiondot.png Democratic Maui
14 Derek Kawakami Electiondot.png Democratic
15 James Tokioka Electiondot.png Democratic
16 Daynette Morikawa Electiondot.png Democratic
17 Gene Ward Ends.png Republican Honolulu
18 Mark Hashem Electiondot.png Democratic
19 Barbara Marumoto-Coons Ends.png Republican Honolulu
20 Calvin Say Electiondot.png Democratic Honolulu
21 Scott Nishimoto Electiondot.png Democratic
22 Scott Saiki Electiondot.png Democratic Honolulu
23 Tom Brower Electiondot.png Democratic Waikiki
24 Isaac Choy Electiondot.png Democratic
25 Della Au Belatti Electiondot.png Democratic Honolulu
26 Sylvia Luke Electiondot.png Democratic Honolulu
27 Corinne Ching Ends.png Republican Honolulu
28 Karl Rhoads Electiondot.png Democratic
29 Joey Manahan Electiondot.png Democratic
30 John Mizuno Electiondot.png Democratic
31 Linda Ichiyama Electiondot.png Democratic
32 Aaron Johanson Ends.png Republican
33 Vacant Electiondot.png Democratic
34 K. Mark Takai Electiondot.png Democratic Aiea
35 Henry Aquino Electiondot.png Democratic Waipahu
36 Roy Takumi Electiondot.png Democratic Pearl City
37 Ryan Yamane Electiondot.png Democratic Mililani
38 Marilyn Lee Electiondot.png Democratic Mililani
39 Marcus Oshiro Electiondot.png Democratic Wahiawa
40 Sharon Har Electiondot.png Democratic
41 Ty Cullen Electiondot.png Democratic
42 Rida Cabanilla Electiondot.png Democratic Waupaku
43 Kymberly Marcos Pine Ends.png Republican Ewa Beach
44 Karen Leinani Awana Electiondot.png Democratic
45 Jo Jordan Electiondot.png Democratic
46 Gil Riviere Ends.png Republican
47 Jessica Wooley Electiondot.png Democratic Kaneohe
48 Ken Ito Electiondot.png Democratic Kaneohe
49 Pono Chong Electiondot.png Democratic Kaneohe
50 Cynthia Thielen Ends.png Republican Kailua
51 Chris Lee Electiondot.png Democratic

Standing committees

Hawaii House of Representatives has 20 standing committees:[15]

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