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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.