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Ka ‘Aha Kenekoa
|Hawaii State Legislature|
New session started
|January 16, 2019|
Vice President of the Senate
Length of term
|Authority||Article III, Constitution of Hawaii|
|Salary||$57,852 per year + |
$175 per diem for non-Oʻahu members, or
$10 per diem for Oʻahu members (2014)
| November 6, 2018 |
| November 3, 2020 |
|Redistricting||Hawaii Reapportionment Commission|
|State Senate Chamber|
Hawaii State Capitol
The Hawaii Senate is the upper house of the Hawaii State Legislature. It consists of twenty-five members elected from an equal number of constituent districts across the islands and is led by the President of the Senate, elected from the membership of the body, currently Ron Kouchi. The forerunner of the Hawaii Senate during the government of the Kingdom of Hawaii was the House of Nobles originated in 1840. In 1894, the Constitution of the Republic of Hawaii renamed the upper house the present senate. Senators are elected to four-year terms and are not subject to term limits.
Like most state legislatures in the United States, the Hawaii State Senate is a part-time body and senators often have active careers outside government. The lower house of the legislature is the Hawaii House of Representatives. The membership of the Senate also elects additional officers to include the Senate Vice President, Senate Chief Clerk, Assistant Chief Clerk, Senate Sergeant at Arms, and Assistant Sergeant at Arms. The Hawaii Senate convenes in the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu.
From 2016 (when Sen. Sam Slom, Hawaii's sole Republican state Senator, was defeated in his bid for reelection) to 2018, the Democratic Party held all 25 seats in the Hawaii Senate. This made the Hawaii Senate the only state legislative chamber with no opposition members (this excludes the officially nonpartisan Nebraska Legislature).
It was the first time since 1980 (when both the Alabama Senate and Louisiana Senate were all-Democratic) that any state legislative chamber had been completely dominated by a single party.
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|End of previous legislature (2018)||25||0||25||0|
|Latest voting share||96%||4%|
|President of the Senate||Ron Kouchi||Democratic||8|
|Majority Leader||J. Kalani English||Democratic||7|
|Minority Leader||Kurt Fevella||Republican||19|
|Chief Clerk||Carol T. Taniguchi|
|Assistant Chief Clerk||Jennifer T. Chow|
|Sergeant at Arms||Bienvenido C. Villaflor|
|Assistant Sergeant at Arms||C.M. Park Kaleiwahea|
|2||Russell Ruderman||Dem||Puna, Kaʻū|
|3||Dru Kanuha||Dem||Kona, Kaʻū|
|4||Lorraine Inouye||Dem||Hilo, Hāmākua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikōloa, Kona|
|5||Gilbert Keith-Agaran||Dem||Maui||Wailuku, Waiheʻe, Kahului|
|6||Rosalyn Baker||Dem||South and West Maui|
|7||J. Kalani English||Dem||Maui, Kalawao||Hāna, East and Upcountry Maui, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi and Kahoʻolawe|
|8||Ron Kouchi||Dem||Kauai||Kauaʻi, Niʻihau|
|9||Stanley Chang||Dem||Honolulu||Hawaiʻi Kai, ʻĀina Haina, Waiʻalae-Kāhala, Diamond Head|
|10||Les Ihara Jr.||Dem||Kaimukī, Kapahulu, Pālolo, Maunalani Heights, St. Louis Heights, Mōʻiliʻili, Ala Wai|
|11||Brian Taniguchi||Dem||Mānoa, Makiki, Punchbowl, Papakōlea|
|12||Sharon Moriwaki||Dem||Kakaʻako, Ala Moana, Waikīkī, McCully, Mōʻiliʻili|
|13||Karl Rhoads||Dem||Liliha, Pālama, Iwilei, Kalihi, Nuʻuanu, Pacific Heights, Pauoa, Lower Tantalus, Downtown|
|14||Donna Mercado Kim||Dem||Moanalua, ʻAiea, Fort Shafter, Kalihi Valley, Hālawa Valley|
|15||Glenn Wakai||Dem||Kalihi, Māpunapuna, Airport, Salt Lake, Āliamanu, Foster Village, Hickam, Pearl Harbor|
|16||Bennette Misalucha||Dem||Pearl City, Momilani, Pearlridge, ʻAiea, Royal Summit, ʻAiea Heights, Newtown, Waimalu, Hālawa, Pearl Harbor|
|17||Clarence Nishihara||Dem||Waipahū, Pearl City, Crestview, Mānana, Pacific Palisades|
|18||Michelle Kidani||Dem||Mililani Town, Waipiʻo Gentry, Waikele, Village Park, Royal Kunia|
|19||Kurt Fevella||Rep||ʻEwa Beach, ʻEwa by Gentry, Ocean Pointe, ʻEwa Villages, Iroquois Point|
|20||Mike Gabbard||Dem||Makakilo, Kapolei, Kalaeloa, ʻEwa, Waipahū|
|21||Maile Shimabukuro||Dem||Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko ʻOlina, Nānākuli, Māʻili, Waiʻanae, Mākaha, Mākua|
|22||Donovan Dela Cruz||Dem||Mililani Mauka, Waipiʻo Acres, Wheeler, Wahiawā, Whitmore Village, Poamoho|
|23||Gil Riviere||Dem||Kunia, Schofield Barracks, Wahiawā, Waialua, Haleʻiwa, Kahuku, Lāʻie, Kaʻaʻawa, Kāneʻohe|
|24||Jarrett Keohokalole||Dem||ʻĀhuimanu, Heʻeia, Kāneʻohe, Kāneʻohe MCAB|
|25||Laura Thielen||Dem||Kailua, Lanikai, Enchanted Lake, Keolu Hills, Maunawili, Waimānalo, Hawaiʻi Kai, Portlock|
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