David Pendleton

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David Pendleton
Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives
from the 49th[2] district
In office
1996[1] – 2004[1]
Succeeded byPono Chong[2]
Personal details
Born (1967-02-02) February 2, 1967 (age 52)[3]
Glendale, California[1]
Political partyRepublican[4]
Alma materLa Sierra University
Loma Linda University
University of Southern California
Marine Corps Command and Staff College[1]
University administrator[1]
Administrative law judge[7]

David A. Pendleton[3] (born February 2, 1967) is a former Minority Floor Leader of the Hawaii House of Representatives,[1] from 1998 until 2002.[8] As a member of the Republican Party, he served four two-year terms (1996-2004) as a state representative for Kailua and Kaneohe.[1]


Early life and education[edit]

Pendleton, whose grandmother immigrated from Ilocos Norte to Hawaii in 1930,[4] was born in California before moving to Hawaii while in preschool.[1] Attending Hawaiian Mission Academy, he initially pursued a pre-medicine curriculum before settling on a double major in both history and political science at La Sierra University.[1] He graduated from La Sierra in the Honors Program and Magna Cum Laude.[3] Earning a Master of Arts in Religion from Loma Linda University, becoming a minister before earning a Juris Doctor from USC and was admitted to the bar in California and Hawaii.[1][3]

Early work[edit]

In 1985, Pendleton started his experience with public service by interned with the Hawaii Lieutenant Governor's Office.[3] After graduating from USC he taught at San Gabriel Academy, before becoming the Associate Vice President for Student Life at La Sierra University.[3] Beginning in 1995, Pendleton practiced law in Hawaii with two plaintiffs firms before serving as an administrator and in-house counsel to a non-profit.[1][3]

Political office[edit]

Starting in 1996, Pendleton served as the Representative of the 49th District (which was originally the 50th District) in the Hawaii House of Representatives;[3] while in the House, Pendleton was the Minority Whip, Assistant Minority Leader, and finally the Minority Floor Leader.[1]

In 2000, along with Governor Lingle, Pendleton sued the Hawaii State Legislature to open closed-door conference committee meetings so that the public could attend.[9] Later in 2000, Pendleton was a delegate at the Republican National Convention.[3][10] In 2002, Pendleton was thought to be a potential candidate for the office of Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii,[11] and joined the Legislative Advisory Board of the Heartland Institute.[12] In 2004, Pendleton lost his reelection by 123 votes,[2][13] who was the target of negative mailers that Noemi Pendleton called "dirty campaigning".[14]

Later work[edit]

Pendleton later worked on Governor Lingle's staff, and was appointed to the Labor and Industrial Relations Appeals Board for a ten-year term beginning in 2006.[1][7][15][16] Despite formally being a Seventh-day-Adventists minister, Pendleton converted to Catholicism in 2008.[17]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "David Pendleton: Former State Representative of Hawaii, Board Member, Hawaii Labor and Industrial Relations Appeals Board". Asian Journal. 1 September 2009. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Derrick DePledge; Gordon Y.K. Pang (4 November 2004). "Rest of Lingle's term may be rough". Homolulu. Retrieved 20 January 2013. State Rep. David Pendleton, R-49th (Kane'ohe, Maunawili, Enchanted Lake), who lost to Democrat Pono Chong by 123 votes, was already clearing out his Capitol office yesterday morning.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "David 'Kawika' A. Pendleton's Biography". Project Vote Smart. One Common Ground. 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  4. ^ a b Dan Nakaso (17 September 2002). "GOP strives to attract Filipinos". Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Political File". Honolulu Star Bulletin. 10 June 2002. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  6. ^ Crystal Kua (26 July 2000). "Candidates answer opportunity's knock". Honolulu Star Bulletin. Retrieved 20 January 2013. Two are seeking other offices, and at-large board member Noemi Pendleton, a GOP state party official and wife of Republican state Rep. David Pendleton, is not running for the board or any other office.
  7. ^ a b "Class Notes for 1993". USC Gould School of Law. University of Southern California. 18 July 2007. Retrieved 20 January 2013. David Pendleton (USC law '93) was recently appointed by the Governor of Hawaii and confirmed by the State of Hawaii to become an administrative law judge for a term to begin July 1, 2006 and end on June 30, 2016
  8. ^ Pat Omandam (12 January 2002). "Pendleton steps down as House GOP leader". Honolulu Star Bulletin. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  9. ^ Suzanne Tswei (13 March 2000). "Lingle files suit to open meetings". Honolulu Star Bulletin. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  10. ^ Steven Patrick (28 July 2000). "GOP Delegation: Hawaii". Washington Post. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  11. ^ Staff (21 May 2001). "Lingle: road to GOP victory in 2002". Pacific Business News. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  12. ^ "Political File". Honolulu Star Bulletin. 13 May 2002. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  13. ^ Gordon Y.K. Pang (3 November 2004). "Democrats gain seats in House". Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  14. ^ Malia Zimmerman (9 July 2012). "Will Political Ties Secure a Federal Judge Appointment?". Hawaii Reporter. Retrieved 20 January 2013. The Democrats’ coordinated campaign also successfully targeted Rep. David Pendleton with negative tactics. David’s wife Noemi – once a member of the state school board - wrote a letter to constituents in response to the 2002 mailer. “My husband David has been the target of vicious attack advertisements and hit pieces sent out by the Democrats in support of Pono Chong. My husband runs a clean campaign. Unfortunately, Pono must think running a clean campaign means allowing the Democratic Party to do his dirty campaigning for him.” The mailers just kept coming.
  15. ^ Smith, Linda; Klompus, Lenny; Pang, Russell (13 January 2005). "David Pendleton Joins Governor Lingle's Policy Team". Governor Linda Lingle Archive. State of Hawaii. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  16. ^ Klompus, Lenny; Pang, Russell (17 March 2006). "Governor Lingle Nominates Roland Thom and David Pendleton to Labor and Industrial Relations Appeals Board a". Governor Linda Lingle Archive. State of Hawaii. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  17. ^ Anna Weaver (21 March 2008). "Former state representative and Seventh-day Adventist minister will be received into the Catholic church this Easter Vigil". Hawaii Catholic Herald. Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu.

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