Gary Hooser

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Gary Hooser
Gary Hooser.jpg
Member of the Hawaii Senate
from the 7th district
In office
Member of the Kauaʻi County Council
In office
Personal details
Born (1954-01-19) January 19, 1954 (age 65)
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceWailua Homesteads, Kauaʻi
Alma materUniversity of Hawaii–West Oahu
WebsiteFriends of Gary Hooser

Gary L. Hooser (born January 19, 1954) is an American politician and the former State Senate Majority Leader representing Kauaʻi and Niʻihau since 2002. He formerly served on the Kauaʻi County Council for 4 years before becoming a Senator.

In the summer of 2010, Hooser resigned his Senate seat to run for the office of Lieutenant Governor of Hawaiʻi.[1][2] He was defeated on September 18, 2010 in the Democratic primary by Brian Schatz.[3] He served on the Kaua'i County Council from 2014-2016 until defeated by Mason Chock.[4] Hooser currently is president of Hawaii' Alliance for Progressive Action advocacy group.[5]


Gary Hooser and his wife, Claudette, have two children: Kelli-Rose and Dylan Hooser. He has lived on Kaua'i for more than 30 years. Hooser graduated from Radford High School in 1972, followed by the Hawaiʻi Entrepreneur Training and Development Institute. He went on to graduate from Kauaʻi Community College and the University of Hawaiʻi--West Oʻahu with a bachelor's degree in public administration.

Political career[edit]

Gary Hooser has been active in the community for many years serving in a variety of capacities for numerous community organizations including renewable energy, shoreline access, affordable housing, and agriculture. He previously also served two terms on the Kauaʻi County Council, before becoming a state senator in 2002. Serving in the State Senate, Gary Hooser represented the 7th Senatorial District, which includes the islands of Kauaʻi and Niʻihau. As the majority leader and member of the Committee on Ways and Means, he held one of the top leadership positions in the Hawaiʻi State Legislature. Hooser was a member of the Energy and Environment Committee and also previously co-chaired the Senate Affordable Housing Task Force. Hooser, as the incumbent in 2004, defeated former Kauaʻi Mayor Maryanne Kusaka to retain his seat [6]


One of Hooser's most notable accomplishments introducing and passing into law the nation's first solar hot water heating system requirement for new homes.[7] Hooser was the only elected official, of 18 asked, who said, “yes” to supporting Defend Oahu Coalition’s “Keep the Country, Country” campaign.[8] Hooser was the first legislator to speak out against the furloughs and proposed its solution to utilize Hurricane Funds, which was ultimately used by Governor Lingle in May 2010.[9][10] Hooser was also the leading advocate in the Hawaiʻi State Senate for the Civil Unions Bill- HB444 [11][12]

2010 Campaign for Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii[edit]

In 2009, he announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Hawaiʻi.[2]

Various statewide agencies and unions endorsed Hooser's candidacy for Lieutenant Governor, including:

Business career[edit]



  1. ^ "Dela Cruz quits mayoral run, joins Senate race - Hawaii News". 2010-07-30. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  2. ^ a b c Paul C. Curtis - The Garden Island (2010-07-16). "Hooser resigns, has to wait to Monday to file lt. gov. papers". Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  3. ^ "Schatz, Finnegan take primaries for Hawaii lieutenant governor - Hawaii News". Retrieved 2010-09-20.
  4. ^ Hooser loses Kauai County Council seat, By Timothy Hurley, Hawaii Star Advertiser, November 8, 2016.
  5. ^ HAPA Website, accessed March 6, 2018.
  6. ^ "Senate Members". 1954-01-19. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  7. ^ "SB390.DOC". Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  8. ^ "Defend Oahu Coalition". Defend Oahu Coalition. 2006-01-23. Archived from the original on 2010-08-01. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  9. ^ "Dead Last: Hawaii Gets an "F" in Education". t r u t h o u t. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  10. ^ Eagle, Nathan (2009-11-16). "Lingle unveils plan to end school furloughs". Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  11. ^ "Lingle vetoes civil unions bill - Hawaii News". 2010-07-06. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  12. ^ "6]". Retrieved 2010-09-18.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Hawaii Sierra Club endorsing Hanabusa, Hirono and Hooser - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL Home". Hawaii News Now. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  14. ^ "HSTA endorses Gary Hooser for lieutenant governor - The Hawaii Independent :€Â" News · Culture · Community". The Hawaii Independent. 2010-08-10. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  15. ^ "Local 5 endorses Kauai Senator Gary Hooser for Lt. Governor | KHON2 Hawaii's News Channel". Archived from the original on 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  16. ^ "Hawaii nurses endorse Hooser in Hawaii LG race - "experience you can count on" - iContact Community". 2010-03-22. Retrieved 2010-09-18.[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ Hooser’s LG Campaign Gathering Momentum: Sierra Club’s Latest Endorsement « The Hooser Hui
  18. ^ "Labor Endorses Hooser". Aloha Politics. 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  19. ^ "Hawaii Progressives target Gabbard, express "enthusiasm" for molester's buddy Rep. Joe Bertram > Hawaii Free Press > Articles Main". Hawaii Free Press. 2010-08-16. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  20. ^ "Got Windmills?: Vote For Gary Hooser For Lt. Governor". 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
  21. ^ "Friends of Gary Hooser - Photo Album". Retrieved 2010-09-18.

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