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Mike Gabbard
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Hawaii State Senate District 20
In office
2006 - Present
Term ends
January 19, 2013
Years in position 8
Base salary$46,272/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Honolulu City Council
2003 - 2005
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University-Sonoma (1971)
Master'sOregon State University (1980)
BirthdayJanuary 15, 1948
Place of birthFagatogo, American Samoa
ProfessionBusiness owner/Teacher
Personal website
Campaign website
Gerald M. 'Mike' Gabbard (b. January 15, 1948) is a Democratic member of the Hawaii State Senate, representing District 20. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Gabbard was on the Honolulu City Council from 2003 to 2005. He then switched parties from Republican to Democrat in August of 2007.


Gabbard earned his B.A. in English from California State University-Sonoma in 1971 and his MEd in Adult Education from Oregon State University in 1980. His professional experience includes working as an Entertainer/Musician, Hotel Bellman, Legislative Advocate, Mailman, National Park Employee, and Professional Tennis Player.

In 1970 Gabbard was an Intern at the Emergency Psychiatric Ward of the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. He also worked as a Counselor in a Drug Rehabilitation Program for Sonoma State during this time. He taught at Faga'itua High School from 1971 to 1972. He also worked as Program Director/Instructor for Samoana High School from 1972 to 1973. From 1973 to 1977 he was a Teacher/Guidance Counselor/Assistant Dean of Instruction at American Samoa Community College. In 1977 he was Head Tennis Instructor for Kuilima Hyatt Resort in North Shore Oahu. Gabbard was Owner/Operator of Mike's Sport Shop from 1974 to 1978. He then worked as Dean of Adult and Continuing Education for American Samoa Community College from 1980 to 1983. From then until 1987 he was Headmaster of Ponomauloa School. From 1988 to 1992 he was Owner/Operator of The Natural Deli. He also owned Infotech Communications, Limited Liability Company, from 2002 to 2004. He has worked in MC Services since 1994. He has also been Owner/Operator of Hawaiian Toffee Treasures from 1998 to the present. Since 2005 he has been a Substitute Teacher at West Oahu.

Committee assignments


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

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy and Environment, Chair
Judiciary and Labor
Technology and the Arts
Transportation and International Affairs


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


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



See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2012

Gabbard won re-election in the 2012 election for Hawaii State Senate District 20. Gabbard ran unopposed in the August 11 Democratic primary and defeated Dean Kalani Capelouto (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2][3]

Hawaii State Senate, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Gabbard Incumbent 71.9% 9,384
     Republican Dean Kalani Capelouto 28.1% 3,665
Total Votes 13,049


See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2010

Gabbard ran for re-election to the 19th District Seat in 2010. He defeated Mike Golojuch in the September 18 primary. Gabbard defeated Aaron Bonar (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Hawaii State Senate, District 19
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Gabbard (D) 10,636 69.8%
Aaron Bonar (R) 3,667 24.1%


On November 7, 2006, Gabbard won election to the Hawaii State Senate from Hawaii's 19th Senate District. Gabbard ran as a Republican in the election. Gabbard received 6,946 votes in the election, defeating George Yamamoto, who received 5,471 votes. Additionally, 274 "Blank" votes and 1 "Over" vote were cast in the election.[5] Gabbard raised $65,164 for his campaign; Yamamoto raised $64,596.[6]

Hawaii State Senate, District 19 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Gabbard (R) 6,946 54.7%
George Yamamoto (D) 5,471 43.1%
Blank 274 2.2%
Over 1 0.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gabbard is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Gabbard raised a total of $199,660 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 25, 2013.[7]

Mike Gabbard's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State Senate, District 20 Won $52,162
2010 Hawaii State Senate, District 19 Won $69,266
2008 Hawaii State Senate, District 19 Not up for election $13,068
2006 Hawaii State Senate, District 19 Won $65,164
Grand Total Raised $199,660


Gabbard won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Gabbard raised a total of $52,162.
Hawaii State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mike Gabbard's campaign in 2012
Hawaii Operating Engineers$4,000
United Association of Journeymen And Apprentices of The Plumbing And Pipe Fitting Industry of The United States And Canada$4,000
Young, Leparis D$4,000
Hawaii Association of Realtors$2,500
Hawaii Carpenters & Joiners$2,250
Total Raised in 2012$52,162
Source:Follow the Money


Gabbard won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Gabbard raised a total of $69,266.


Gabbard was not up for election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Gabbard raised a total of $13,068.


Gabbard won election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Gabbard raised a total of $65,164.


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.[8] The Institute observed state legislators' votes on issues involving taxes, spending, scope of government, business climate, and raids on special funds. Gabbard received a total score of 10%. Here are the scores Gabbard received based on specific categories.

2010 Hawaii Senate Legislative Scorecard
Taxes Business climate Spending Individual liberty Raids Scope of government
7% 13% 0% 67% 0% 0%


Gabbard and his wife, Carol, have five children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Espero (D)
Hawaii State Senate District 20
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Hawaii State Senate District 19
Succeeded by
William Espero (D)