Jean King

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Jean King
6th Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii
In office
December 2, 1978 – December 2, 1982
Governor George Ariyoshi
Preceded by Nelson Doi
Succeeded by John D. Waihee III
Personal details
Born (1925-12-06)December 6, 1925
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Died November 24, 2013(2013-11-24) (aged 87)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Political party Democratic

Jean Sadako King, née McKillop (December 6, 1925 – November 24, 2013) was the sixth Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, the state's first woman to be elected as such, from 1978 to 1982[1][2] in the administration of Governor George Ariyoshi.


The daughter of a Caucasian father and a Japanese mother, King received her B.A. and M.F.A. degrees from the University of Hawaii and her masters degree of arts from the New York University.[3]

Political career[edit]

Before becoming Lieutenant Governor King had served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1972 to 1974 and the Hawaii Senate from 1974 to 1978.[2] In 1982 King was defeated in the Democratic primary election for Governor and retired from politics.[2][3]


According to her granddaughter, King died at age 87 from pancreatic cancer on November 24, 2013.[4]


  1. ^ Search via Google Books
  2. ^ a b c Schultz, Jeffrey D. (2000). Encyclopedia of Minorities in American Politics: African Americans and Asian Americans. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 295. ISBN 1-57356-148-7. 
  3. ^ a b "Former Hawaii Lt. Gov. Jean King dies at age 87". 2013-11-25. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  4. ^ Hawaii's first female lieutenant governor, Jean King, dies in Honolulu at age 87,; accessed December 26, 2013.[dead link]
Political offices
Preceded by
Nelson Doi
Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii
1978 - 1982
Succeeded by
John D. Waihee III