Andria Tupola

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Andria Tupola
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Minority Leader of the Hawaii House of Representatives
In office
February 1, 2017 – November 6, 2018
Preceded byBeth Fukumoto
Succeeded byGene Ward
Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives
from the 43rd district
In office
November 4, 2014 – November 6, 2018
Preceded byKaren Awana
Succeeded byStacelynn Kehaulani Eli
Personal details
Born (1980-12-06) December 6, 1980 (age 38)
Oahu, Hawaii, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Education

Andria Tupola (born December 6, 1980) is an American politician and a Republican member of the Hawaii House of Representatives since December 2014 representing District 43 (Māʻili, Nānākuli, Ko Olina, Honokai Hale, Kalaeloa, Ewa). In 2015, she served as the minority floor leader for one year. She served as the State House Minority Leader making her the first Samoan woman to serve in that position. In 2018, she was the Republican nominee for Governor of Hawaii, but lost to incumbent Governor David Ige.

Early life[edit]

Tupola was born at Kahuku hospital to Bode Uale and Beth Parker on the island of Oʻahu. Her father was the first Samoan judge in the United States of America and a third generation immigrant from Samoa. Her mother is the daughter of the Grandmaster of Kenpo Karate, Ed Parker, and was named mother of the year in 2004.[1] The Parker family has roots in the Waimea and Kohala area especially at the Parker Ranch on Hawaii Island.[2]

Education[edit]

Tupola is a 1998 graduate of Kamehameha Schools in Kapālama, Honolulu. In 2005, she earned her bachelor's degree in music education from Brigham Young University. She served a year and a half mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Venezuela.[3] She earned her M.A. in music education in from the University of Hawaii, Manoa in 2011, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D in music education there with an anticipated graduation date of 2019.[4]

Elections[edit]

In 2014, Tupola was unopposed for the Republican primary in District 43, winning with 771 votes.[5] In the general election, she faced incumbent Democrat Karen Awana and won with 56% of the vote, unseating the only incumbent in the 2014 general election.[6]

In 2016, Tupola was unopposed for the Republican primary in District 43, winning with 747 votes. In the general election, she faced Stacelynn Eli, a former employee of Karen Awana. Tupola won by 65% with 3,859 votes.

In 2018, she ran as a candidate in the election for Governor of Hawaii.[7] On August 11, 2018 she won the Republican primary receiving 53.0% of the vote, 17,282 votes. Other candidates John Carroll and Ray L'Heureux received 33.7% and 8.8% respectively.[8] She garnered 33% of the vote in the 2018 General election with 131,719 votes. She was the youngest candidate and only native woman running for governor as a Republican in the 2018 cycle.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Honolulu Star-Bulletin Features". archives.starbulletin.com. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  2. ^ "History of Parker Ranch | Parker Ranch". parkerranch.com. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  3. ^ Honolulu Civil Beat May 4, 2017
  4. ^ Official legislative biography
  5. ^ "Primary Election 2014 - State of Hawaii – Statewide" (PDF). August 20, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 12, 2016. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  6. ^ "General Election 2014 - State of Hawaii – Statewide" (PDF). November 18, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  7. ^ "2018 Candidates on Ballot Report". State of Hawaii - Office of Elections. August 11, 2018. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  8. ^ "Primary Election 2018 - State of Hawaii – Statewide Final Summary Report" (PDF). State of Hawaii - Office of Elections. August 12, 2018. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  9. ^ https://www.hcn.org/articles/election-2018-here-are-the-native-americans-running-for-office-2018

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Hawaii House of Representatives
Preceded by
Beth Fukumoto
Minority Leader of the Hawaii House of Representatives
2017–2018
Succeeded by
Gene Ward
Party political offices
Preceded by
Duke Aiona
Republican nominee for Governor of Hawaii
2018
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