Donna Mercado Kim

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Donna Mercado Kim
13th President of the Hawaii Senate
Assumed office
Preceded by Shan Tsutsui
Member of the Hawaii Senate (District 14)
Assumed office
Personal details
Born Honolulu, Hawaii
Political party Democratic
Children Micah
Residence Honolulu, Hawaii
Alma mater Washington State University (BA, 1974)
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Donna Mercado Kim is a Democratic politician and current 13th President of the Hawaii Senate (replacing Shan Tsutsui who left the position to become Lieutenant Governor).[1] As President, she earns $53,773 annually.[2] She was involved in a minor controversy when she was accused of pressuring the President of the University of Hawaii to accept her son's application to the William S. Richardson School of Law.[3]

Elected to the Senate in 2000, she has chaired the Committee on Tourism, the Committee on Ways and Means, the Special Committee on Accountability, and the Task Force on Reinventing Government. From 2003-2008 and 2011-2013, Kim was the Vice President of the Senate. From 1984-2000, Kim served on the Honolulu City Council.[4] From 1982-1984, Kim was a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives. She is a graduate of Washington State University, although she also attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is a Filipino American.[5][6][7][8]


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