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Hawaii Senate
Ka ‘Aha Kenekoa
Hawaii State Legislature
Seal of the State of Hawaii.svg
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 16, 2019
Leadership
Ronald D. Kouchi (D)
since May 5, 2015
Vice President of the Senate
Michelle N. Kidani (D)
since November 10, 2016
Majority Leader
J. Kalani English (D)
since November 4, 2014
Minority Leader
Kurt Fevella (R)
since November 6, 2018
Structure
Seats25
Hawaii Senate Diagram 2018.svg
Political groups
Majority
  •    Democratic  (24)

Minority

Length of term
4 years
AuthorityArticle III, Constitution of Hawaii
Salary$57,852 per year +
$175 per diem for non-Oʻahu members, or
$10 per diem for Oʻahu members (2014) [1]
Elections
Last election
November 6, 2018
(12 seats)
Next election
November 3, 2020
(13 seats)
RedistrictingHawaii Reapportionment Commission
Meeting place
Hawaii State Capitol (8049670012).jpg
State Senate Chamber
Hawaii State Capitol
Honolulu, Hawaii
Website
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/senate.aspx

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.

Composition

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). [2]

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. [3]

241
DemocraticR


AffiliationParty
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature (2018)250250
Begin (2019)241250
Latest voting share

Leadership

PositionNamePartyDistrict
President of the Senate Ron Kouchi Democratic 8
Majority Leader J. Kalani English Democratic 7
Minority Leader Kurt Fevella Republican 19

Officers

PositionName
Chief ClerkCarol T. Taniguchi
Assistant Chief ClerkJennifer T. Chow
Sergeant at ArmsBienvenido C. Villaflor
Assistant Sergeant at ArmsC.M. Park Kaleiwahea

List of current members

DistrictNamePartyCounty(ies)Areas Represented
1 Kai Kahele Dem Hawaii Hilo
2 Russell Ruderman DemPuna, Kaʻū
3 Dru Kanuha DemKona, Kaʻū
4 Lorraine Inouye DemHilo, Hāmākua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikōloa, Kona
5 Gilbert Keith-Agaran [Note 1] Dem Maui Wailuku, Waiheʻe, Kahului
6 Rosalyn Baker DemSouth and West Maui
7 J. Kalani English DemMaui, 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. DemKaimukī, Kapahulu, Pālolo, Maunalani Heights, St. Louis Heights, Mōʻiliʻili, Ala Wai
11 Brian Taniguchi DemMānoa, Makiki, Punchbowl, Papakōlea
12 Sharon Moriwaki DemKakaʻako, Ala Moana, Waikīkī, McCully, Mōʻiliʻili
13 Karl Rhoads DemLiliha, Pālama, Iwilei, Kalihi, Nuʻuanu, Pacific Heights, Pauoa, Lower Tantalus, Downtown
14 Donna Mercado Kim [Note 2] DemMoanalua, ʻAiea, Fort Shafter, Kalihi Valley, Hālawa Valley
15 Glenn Wakai DemKalihi, Māpunapuna, Airport, Salt Lake, Āliamanu, Foster Village, Hickam, Pearl Harbor
16 Bennette Misalucha DemPearl City, Momilani, Pearlridge, ʻAiea, Royal Summit, ʻAiea Heights, Newtown, Waimalu, Hālawa, Pearl Harbor
17 Clarence Nishihara DemWaipahū, Pearl City, Crestview, Mānana, Pacific Palisades
18 Michelle Kidani DemMililani Town, Waipiʻo Gentry, Waikele, Village Park, Royal Kunia
19 Kurt Fevella RepʻEwa Beach, ʻEwa by Gentry, Ocean Pointe, ʻEwa Villages, Iroquois Point
20 Mike Gabbard DemMakakilo, Kapolei, Kalaeloa, ʻEwa, Waipahū
21 Maile Shimabukuro DemKalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko ʻOlina, Nānākuli, Māʻili, Waiʻanae, Mākaha, Mākua
22 Donovan Dela Cruz DemMililani Mauka, Waipiʻo Acres, Wheeler, Wahiawā, Whitmore Village, Poamoho
23 Gil Riviere DemKunia, Schofield Barracks, Wahiawā, Waialua, Haleʻiwa, Kahuku, Lāʻie, Kaʻaʻawa, Kāneʻohe
24 Jarrett Keohokalole DemʻĀhuimanu, Heʻeia, Kāneʻohe, Kāneʻohe MCAB
25 Laura Thielen DemKailua, Lanikai, Enchanted Lake, Keolu Hills, Maunawili, Waimānalo, Hawaiʻi Kai, Portlock
  1. Appointed to seat on January 7, 2013 by Governor Neil Abercrombie after Shan Tsutsui was appointed to be Lieutenant Governor. [4]
  2. Became President of the Senate on December 28, 2012, after Shan Tsutsui was appointed by Governor Neil Abercrombie to be Lieutenant Governor. [5] Ousted as Senate President in unusual mid-year leadership reorganization on May 5, 2015. [6] First Filipina, but second Filipino American, Hawaiʻi Senate President [7] [8]
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Entrance to the Hawaii State Senate chamber

Capitol

The Hawaiʻi State Senate has been meeting at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol in downtown Honolulu since March 15, 1969. Previous to the decision of Governor John A. Burns to build the new Capitol building, the Hawaiʻi State Senate met in ʻIolani Palace.

Past composition of the Senate

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