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|Hawaii State Senate|
|Hawaii State Legislature|
New session started
|January 21, 2015|
Vice President of the Senate
Length of term
|Authority||Article III, Hawaiʻi Constitution|
$175 per diem for non-Oahu members, or
$10 per diem for Oahu members (2014)
|November 4, 2014
|November 8, 2016
|Redistricting||Hawaii Reapportionment Commission|
|State Senate Chamber
Hawaiʻi State Capitol
|Official Senate Page|
The Hawaii State Senate is the upper chamber of the Hawaii State Legislature. The senate consists of twenty-five members elected from an equal number of constituent districts across the islands. The senate is led by the President of the Senate, elected from the membership of the body, currently Donna Mercado Kim. The forerunner of the Hawaii State Senate during the government of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi 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 of government. The lower chamber 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 Democratic Party holds the largest majority of any state legislative chamber in the Hawaii Senate, with 24 of 25 seats. The Hawaii Senate is also the only state legislative chamber in the United States where the minority party holds only a single seat.
See also: Politics of Hawaii
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|End of previous legislature (2014)||24||1||25||0|
|Latest voting share||96%||4%|
|President of the Senate||Donna Mercado Kim||Democratic||14|
|Majority Leader||J. Kalani English||Democratic||7|
|Minority Leader||Sam Slom||Republican||9|
|Chief Clerk||Carol T. Taniguchi|
|Assistant Chief Clerk||Jennifer T. Chow|
|Sergeant at Arms||Bienvenido C. Villaflor|
|Assistant Sergeant at Arms||Jayson M. Watts|
List of current members
|1||Kahele, GilGil Kahele||Dem||Hawaii||Hilo|
|2||Ruderman, Russell E.Russell E. Ruderman||Dem||Puna, Kaʻu|
|3||Green, JoshJosh Green||Dem||Kona, Kaʻu|
|4||Inouye, LorraineLorraine Inouye||Dem||Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa, Kona|
|5||Keith-Agaran, Gilbert S. C.Gilbert S. C. Keith-Agaran[Note 1]||Dem||Maui||Wailuku, Waiheʻe, Kahului|
|6||Baker, RosalynRosalyn Baker||Dem||South and West Maui|
|7||English, J. KalaniJ. Kalani English||Dem||Maui, Kalawao||Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Molokaʻi, Lanaʻi and Kahoʻolawe|
|8||Kouchi, Ronald D.Ronald D. Kouchi||Dem||Kauai||Kauaʻi, Niʻihau|
|9||Slom, SamSam Slom||Rep||Honolulu||Hawaiʻi Kai, ʻAina Haina, Waiʻalae-Kahala, Diamond Head|
|10||Ihara, Jr., LesLes Ihara, Jr.||Dem||Kaimuki, Kapahulu, Palolo, Maunalani Heights, St. Louis Heights, Moʻiliʻili, Ala Wai|
|11||Taniguchi, BrianBrian Taniguchi||Dem||Manoa, Makiki, Punchbowl, Papakolea|
|12||Galuteria, BrickwoodBrickwood Galuteria||Dem||Kakaʻako, Ala Moana, Waikiki, McCully, Moʻiliʻili|
|13||Chun Oakland, SuzanneSuzanne Chun Oakland||Dem||Liliha, Palama, Iwilei, Kalihi, Nuʻuanu, Pacific Heights, Pauoa, Lower Tantalus, Downtown|
|14||Kim, Donna MercadoDonna Mercado Kim[Note 2]||Dem||Moanalua, ʻAiea, Fort Shafter, Kalihi Valley, Halawa Valley|
|15||Wakai, GlennGlenn Wakai||Dem||Kalihi, Mapunapuna, Airport, Salt Lake, Aliamanu, Foster Village, Hickam, Pearl Harbor|
|16||Harimoto, BreeneBreene Harimoto||Dem||Pearl City, Momilani, Pearlridge, ʻAiea, Royal Summit, ʻAiea Heights, Newtown, Waimalu, Halawa, Pearl Harbor|
|17||Nishihara, Clarence K.Clarence K. Nishihara||Dem||Waipahu, Pearl City, Crestview, Manana, Pacific Palisades|
|18||Kidani, MichelleMichelle Kidani||Dem||Mililani Town, Waipiʻo Gentry, Waikele, Village Park, Royal Kunia|
|19||Espero, WillWill Espero||Dem||ʻEwa Beach, ʻEwa by Gentry, Ocean Pointe, ʻEwa Villages, Iroquois Point|
|20||Gabbard, MikeMike Gabbard||Dem||Makakilo, Kapolei, Kalaeloa, ʻEwa, Waipahu|
|21||Shimabukuro, MaileMaile Shimabukuro||Dem||Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko ʻOlina, Nanakuli, Maʻili, Waiʻanae, Makaha, Makua|
|22||Donovan Dela CruzDonovan Dela Cruz||Dem||Mililani Mauka, Waipiʻo Acres, Wheeler, Wahiawa, Whitmore Village, Poamoho|
|23||Riviere, GilGil Riviere||Dem||Kunia, Schofield Barracks, Wahiawa, Waialua, Haleʻiwa, Kahuku, Laʻi.e., Kaʻaʻawa, Kaneʻohe|
|24||Tokuda, Jill N.Jill N. Tokuda||Dem||ʻAhuimanu, Heʻeia, Kaneʻohe, Kaneʻohe MCAB|
|25||Thielen, LauraLaura Thielen||Dem||Kailua, Lanikai, Enchanted Lake, Keolu Hills, Maunawili, Waimanalo, Hawaiʻi Kai, Portlock|
- Appointed to seat on January 7, 2013 by Governor Neil Abercrombie after Shan Tsutsui was appointed to be Lieutenant Governor.
- Became President of the Senate on December 28, 2012, after Shan Tsutsui was appointed by Governor Neil Abercrombie to be Lieutenant Governor. First Filipino American Hawaii Senate President
The Hawaii State Senate has been meeting at the Hawaii 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 Hawaii State Senate met in ʻIolani Palace.
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Hawaii Senate Vice President Donna Mercado Kim will make history on Thursday as she is installed as the first Filipina-American State Senate President.
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- Hawaii State Legislature
- Hawaii State Legislature Legislative Reference Bureau
- State Senate of Hawaii at Project Vote Smart
- Hawaii Senate at Ballotpedia