Donna Mercado Kim

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Donna Mercado Kim
13th President of the Hawaiʻi Senate
In office
December 28, 2012 – May 5, 2015
Preceded by Shan Tsutsui
Succeeded by Ron Kouchi
Member of the Hawaii Senate
from the 14th district
Assumed office
December 2000
Preceded by  ???
Personal details
Born Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Children Micah
Alma mater University of Hawaii, Manoa
Washington State University
Website Senate website

Donna Mercado Kim is a Democratic politician.

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 2013-2015, she served as President of the Hawaiʻi Senate, before being ousted in an unsual mid-year leadership reorganization.[1] She replaced Shan Tsutsui who left the position to become Lieutenant Governor.[2] As President, she earned $53,773 annually.[3] She was involved in a minor controversy when she was accused of pressuring the President of the University of Hawaiʻi to accept her son's application to the William S. Richardson School of Law.[4]

From 1986-2000, Kim served on the Honolulu City Council.[5] From 1982-1984, Kim was a member of the Hawaiʻi House of Representatives. She is a graduate of Washington State University, although she also attended the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is a Filipino American.[6]


  1. ^ Dayton, Kevin (5 May 2015). "Kauai's Kouchi replaces Kim as Senate president". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Donna Mercado Kim chosen Hawaiʻi Senate president". Hawaiʻi Tribune Herald (Honolulu). 29 December 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Kerr, Keoki (28 December 2012). "Donna Mercado Kim named Hawaiʻi State Senate President". Hawaiʻi News Now (Honolulu). Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  4. ^ DePledge, Derrick (22 May 2013). "Kim disputes Greenwood's account of pressure". Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Honolulu). Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Office of the City Clerk (24 April 2014). "COUNCILMEMBERS of the HONOLULU CITY COUNCIL 1961–Present". City and County of Honolulu. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Medina, Andrei (4 January 2013). "Donna Mercado Kim becomes first Fil-Am to head Hawaiʻi Senate". GMA News Online (Honolulu). Retrieved 5 May 2015. 

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