Pat Saiki

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Pat Saiki
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17th Administrator of the Small Business Administration
In office
April 16, 1991 – January 20, 1993
President George H.W. Bush
Preceded by Susan Engeleiter
Succeeded by Erskine Bowles
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Hawaii's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1991
Preceded by Neil Abercrombie
Succeeded by Neil Abercrombie
Personal details
Born (1930-05-28) May 28, 1930 (age 83)
Hilo, Hawaii
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Stanley Mitsuo Saiki
Children 5
Alma mater B.A. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Patricia Fukuda "Pat" Saiki (born May 28, 1930) is an American politician and former school teacher from Hilo in the State of Hawai'i. She served as a Republican in Congress from 1987 to 1991 and then as Administrator of the Small Business Administration under President of the United States George H. W. Bush.

Early life[edit]

Saiki, a Japanese American, graduated from Hilo High School in 1948 and received her bachelor's degree from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in 1952. Upon graduating from college, Saiki became a teacher and later a business executive.

Political career[edit]

In 1968, Saiki joined the Hawai`i Republican Party and ran successfully for a seat in the Hawai`i State House of Representatives. In 1974, she moved to the Hawai`i State Senate where she served her district until 1982. A vacancy was created by U.S. Rep. Cecil Heftel's untimely leave from Congress, and on September 20, 1986 a special election was held. Saiki lost the special election (to Democrat Neil Abercrombie) but won a separate election (over Democrat Mufi Hannemann) sending her to Congress where she served two consecutive terms. In 1988, she beat challenger Mary Bitterman, a Democrat and former head of Voice of America.

Until the election of Charles Djou on May 22, 2010,[1] Saiki was the only Republican[2] to ever hold a House seat from the state of Hawai`i and one of only two Republican Members of Congress (the other being Senator Hiram Fong) to represent the state since it gained statehood. She is also the second woman to be elected to Congress from the state of Hawai`i (the first being Patsy Mink, with whom Saiki served with for two years).

In 1990, she lost a United States Senate race to Daniel K. Akaka, then was appointed Administrator of the Small Business Administration under President George Herbert Walker Bush. In 1994, she lost a race for Governor of Hawai'i against Democratic challenger Benjamin J. Cayetano. She attributes her loss in 1994 to the third-party candidacy of maverick Mayor of Honolulu Frank F. Fasi. Saiki placed third in the race behind Fasi.[citation needed] Saiki subsequently chaired the Hawaii Presidential campaign of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in 2008 and the 2010 and 2012 congressional campaigns of Charles Djou.

Statewide Electoral History[edit]

Hawaii U.S. House of Representatives District 1 Election 1986
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Pat Saiki 99,683 59.2
Democratic Mufi Hannemann 63,061 37.45
Libertarian Blase Harris 5,633 3.35
Hawaii U.S. Senate Election 1990
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Dan Akaka (incumbent) 188,901 54.02
Republican Pat Saiki 155,978 44.61
Libertarian Ken Schoolland 4,787 1.37
Hawaii Gubernatorial Election 1994
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Ben Cayetano 134,978 36.58
Independent Frank Fasi 113,158 30.67
Republican Pat Saiki 107,908 29.24
Green Kioni Dudley 12,969 3.51

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Neil Abercrombie
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Hawaii's 1st congressional district

January 3, 1987 – January 2, 1991
Succeeded by
Neil Abercrombie
Government offices
Preceded by
Susan Engeleiter
Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
1991 – 1993
Succeeded by
Erskine Bowles