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Shan Tsutsui
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Hawaii State Senate District 5
In office
2002 - Present
Term ends
November 8, 2016
Years in position 12
Senate President
2011 - Present
Base salary$46,272/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
High schoolMaui High School (1989)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Hawaii-Manoa (1994)
BirthdayAugust 9, 1971
Place of birthWailuku, Hawaii
Office website
Shan Tsutsui (b. August 9, 1971) is a Democratic member the Hawaii State Senate, representing District 5 since 2021. He previously represented District 4 from 2002 to 2012.

Tsutsui joined the Hawaii State Senate in 2002 and has served in that position since. He is currently Senate President and has served as the Majority Caucus Leader in the past.[1]

Tsutsui was a Financial Advisor for Manulife Financial from 1994 to 1996, for Prudential Securities from 1996 to 1998, and for the Union Bank of Switzerland Paine Webber from 1998 to 2004. Tsutsui has been Co Owner/Operator for Keiki Time since 2001. He has also been a Director of Marketing/Partner for Hawaii Investment Securities since 2005. He has worked as a Business Consultant for Atlas Insurance Agency, Incorporated from 2008 to present.

Tsutsui earned his BA in Economics from the University of Hawaii-Manoa in 1994.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Tsutsui has been appointed to these committees:

  • Legislative Federal Economic Stimulus Program Oversight Commission
  • Joint Legislative Investigating Committee to Oversee the Investigation of the Department of Budget and Finance’s Handling of the State’s Investment in Student Loan Auction Rate Securities


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



See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2012

Tsutsui won re-election in the 2012 election for Hawaii State Senate District 5. Tsutsui ran unopposed in the August 11 Democratic primary and ran unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. [2][3]


See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2010

Tsutsui won re-election to the 4th District Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition on September 18, 2010. Tsutsi defeated Eric Seibert (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Hawaii State Senate, District 4
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Shan Tsutsui (D) 10,931 73.7%
Eric Seibert (R) 3,113 21.0%


On November 7, 2006, Tsutsui won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate from Hawaii's 4th Senate District. Tsutsui ran unopposed in the general election. He raised $82,210 for his campaign.[5]

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Tsutsui was up for re-election, he collected $89,606 in donations.[6]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Hawaii State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Shan Tsutsui's campaign in 2010
Park, Moon Soo$4,300
Stone, Lorrie$2,000
Hawaii Operating Engineers$2,000
Hawaii State Teachers Association$2,000
Hawaii Association Of Realtors$2,000
Total Raised in 2010 $89,606


In 2008, a year in which he was not up for re-election, Tsutsui collected $29,581 in campaign donations.[7] The top five contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Electrical Workers Local 1186 $2,700
Glen I. Sakagawa $2,500
Hawaii Operating Engineers $2,000
Plumbers and Pipefitters $2,000
Hawaii Association of Realtors $2,000


In 2006, Tsutsui collected $82,210 in campaign contributions.[8] The six largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Brigadier General Glen I. Sakagawa $4,000
Hawaii Association of Realtors $3,800
University of Hawaii Professional Assembly $3,750
Hawaii Optometric Association $2,000
Dr. Barry Shitamoto $2,000
Sterling J. Kim $2,000

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Tsutsui and his wife, Lyndelle, have three children.

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Preceded by
Rosalyn Baker (D)
Hawaii State Senate District 5
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Hawaii State Senate District 4
Succeeded by
Malama Solomon (D)