Hawaii State Senate organizes following election results November 7, 2012 HONOLULU, Hawaii: The Hawaii State Senate acted quickly to organize after the November 6 general election, once again electing Maui State Senator Shan S. Tsutsui (Sen. District 5) as the President. Senator Donna Mercado Kim (Sen. District 14) returns as Senate Vice President and Chair of the Senate Committee on Tourism and Government Operations and Special Committee on Accountability. Senator David Ige (Sen. District 16) will continue as Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, with Senator Michelle Kidani (Sen. District 18) serving as his Vice Chair. The quick establishment of leadership was done “with a primary goal of promoting an environment of cooperation and shared leadership and authority”, according to this State Senate media release: While much of leadership and committee chairmanships remained unchanged from the 26th Legislature, additional standing committees were established to provide greater scrutiny over important subject matter areas, as well as to provide a greater number of Senators the experience and authority to preside as committee chairs and vice chairs. Here is complete listing of Senate Leadership and Committee Chairmanships: President: Shan S. Tsutsui Vice President: Donna Mercado Kim Majority Leader: Brickwood Galuteria Ways and Means, Chair: David Ige Ways and Means, Vice Chair: Michelle Kidani Majority Floor Leader: Will Espero Majority Caucus Leader: Ron Kouchi Majority Policy Leader: Les Ihara, Jr. Majority Whip: Gil Kahele Majority Whip: Jill Tokuda Judiciary and Labor, Chair: Clayton Hee Commerce and Consumer Protection, Chair: Roz Baker Agriculture, Chair: Clarence Nishihara Arts and Technology, Chair: Glenn Wakai Economic Development and Housing, Chair: Donovan Dela Cruz Energy and Environment, Chair: Mike Gabbard Education, Chair: Jill Tokuda Hawaiian Affairs, Chair: Brickwood Galuteria Health, Chair: Josh Green, M.D. Higher Education, Chair: Brian Taniguchi Human Services, Chair: Suzanne Chun Oakland Public Safety and Military Affairs, Chair: Will Espero Special Committee on Accountability, Chair: Donna Mercado Kim Tourism and Government Operations, Chair: Donna Mercado Kim Transportation & International Affairs, Chair: J. Kalani English Water and Land, Chair: Malama Solomon 27th Hawaii State Legislature will convene on January 16, 2013.