Ronald Kouchi

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Ronald Kouchi
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Hawaii State Senate District 8
In office
September 7, 2010 - Present
Term ends
November 8, 2016
Years in position 5
Vice President of the Senate
Majority Caucus Leader
Base salary$46,272/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
AppointedSeptember 7, 2010
Appointed byLinda Lingle
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kaua'i County Council
High schoolWaimea High School
Bachelor'sDrake University, Des Moines, IA
Personal website
Campaign website
Ronald Kouchi is a Democratic member of the Hawaii State Senate, representing District 8. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. He has served as Vice President of the Senate since 2013. He served as Majority Caucus Leader from 2011 to 2013.

Kouchi was temporarily appointed by Gov. Linda Lingle on September 7, 2010 to fill the District 7 (Kauai) Senate seat of Gary Hooser. [1] Hooser unsuccessfully ran for lieutenant governor. [2]

Committee assignments


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

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture, Vice Chair
Transportation and International Affairs
Ways and Means


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


Campaign themes


Kouchi's campaign website lists the following issues:[3]

  • "Ron is a fiscal conservative who works for cost-effective approaches to government services.
  • He advocates 'smart growth' principles, which provide for sound planning and economic advancement while protecting our environment.
  • He has been active in support of affordable housing solutions.
  • He wants to see a new landfill for Kaua'i sited and to support better recycling programs.
  • He will work for better parks and recreational programs."



See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2012

Kouchi won re-election in the 2012 election for Hawaii State Senate District 8. Kouchi ran unopposed in the August 11 Democratic primary and defeated William Georgi (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Hawaii State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRonald Kouchi Incumbent 77.7% 17,887
     Republican William Georgi 22.3% 5,138
Total Votes 23,025


See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2010

Kouchi defeated John Sydney Yamane in the September 18 primary. He defeated Republican candidate David Hamman and Nonpartisan candidate Alfred Darling in the general election on November 2, 2010.[7]

Hawaii State Senate, District 7
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ronald Kouchi (D) 14,438 62.7%
David Hamman (R) 6,245 27.1%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kouchi is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Kouchi raised a total of $194,652 during that time period. This information was last updated on 6/24/2013.[8]

Ronald Kouchi's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State Senate, District 8 Won $133,705
2010 Hawaii State Senate, District 7 Won $60,947
Grand Total Raised $194,652


Kouchi won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Kouchi raised a total of $133,705.


Kouchi won election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Kouchi raised a total of $60,947.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Samuel Slom (R)
Hawaii State Senate District 8
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Gary Hooser (D)
Hawaii State Senate District 7
September 7, 2010-2012
Succeeded by