Hawaii's 2nd congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Hawaii. It is currently represented by Kai Kahele, who succeeded Tulsi Gabbard following the 2020 election. The district encompasses all rural and most suburban areas of Oahu/ Honolulu County, as well as the entire state outside of Oahu. Besides Honolulu, the district includes the counties of Kauai, Maui, Kalawao, and Hawaii ("the Big Island"). The district spans 331 miles. The most populous community entirely within the district is Hilo. Major segments of the economy include tourism, ranching, and agriculture.
U.S. Constitution, a candidate for this district only has to be a resident of Hawaii, but does not have to live in the district itself. The first non-resident to be elected to this U.S. House seat was Ed Case, a Honolulu attorney, though Case was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii. The home state office of the Second Congressional District is at the Prince Kuhio Federal Building near Honolulu Harbor.
History [ edit ]
When Hawaii and Alaska were admitted to the Union in 1959, both new states were granted one
at-large Representative to Congress pending the next United States Census. In the reapportionment following the 1960 U.S. Census, Hawaii was entitled to a second U.S. Representative. Instead of creating two congressional districts, the state continued to elect its U.S. Representatives at-large. Two representatives were first elected in 1962 and Hawaii was first represented by two U.S. Representatives on January 2, 1963, upon the convening of the 88th Congress. The 2nd Congressional District was created in 1971 when Hawaii began electing its representatives from districts instead of electing an at-large U.S. Representative statewide.
The 2nd Congressional District has a
Cook Partisan Voting Index of D+19. The district has supported the Democratic candidate in every presidential election since 1988, and has never elected a Republican House representative. In October 2019, representative Tulsi Gabbard announced that she would not seek re-election, instead choosing to focus on her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In January 2019,
Hawaii state senator Kai Kahele announced he would run for the seat in 2020. Other Democrats that announced are David Cornejo, Brian Evans (a self-described "  Berniecrat" who ran for the seat as a Republican in 2018), Noelle Famera, and Ryan Meza. Republicans Joseph Akana and Jonathan Hoomanawanui also announced. Kahele won the Democratic nomination on August 8, 2020, and the subsequent general election on November 3, 2020.
Recent results from statewide races [ edit ]
List of members representing the district [ edit ]
January 3, 1971 —
January 3, 1977
92nd 93rd 94th
Redistricted from the and at-large district re-elected in 1970. Re-elected in 1972. Re-elected in 1974. Retired to run for U.S. senator.
January 3, 1977 —
May 15, 1990
95th 96th 97th 98th 99th 100th 101st
Elected in 1976. Re-elected in 1978. Re-elected in 1980. Re-elected in 1982. Re-elected in 1984. Re-elected in 1986. Re-elected in 1988. Resigned when appointed U.S. senator.
May 15, 1990 —
September 22, 1990
September 22, 1990 —
September 28, 2002
101st 102nd 103rd 104th 105th 106th 107th
Elected to finish Akaka's term. Re-elected in 1990. Re-elected in 1992. Re-elected in 1994. Re-elected in 1996. Re-elected in 1998. Re-elected in 2000. Died. Re-elected posthumously in 2002.
September 28, 2002 —
November 30, 2002
November 30, 2002 —
January 3, 2003
Elected to finish Mink's term in the 107th Congress. Had not been a candidate for the next term.
January 3, 2003 —
January 4, 2003
January 4, 2003 —
January 3, 2007
Elected to finish Mink's term in the 108th Congress. Re-elected in 2004. Retired to run for U.S. senator.
January 3, 2007 —
January 3, 2013
110th 111th 112th
Elected in 2006. Re-elected in 2008. Re-elected in 2010. Retired to run for U.S. senator.
January 3, 2013 —
January 3, 2021
113th 114th 115th 116th
Elected in 2012. Re-elected in 2014. Re-elected in 2016. Re-elected in 2018. Retired to run for U.S. president.
January 3, 2021 —
Elected in 2020. Retiring to run for Governor of Hawaii.
Election results [ edit ]
1990 (Special) [ edit ]
2002 (Special) [ edit ]
2003 (Special) [ edit ]
Historical district boundaries [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
"United States Census" . Retrieved . July 22, 2014
"My Congressional District". United States Census Bureau . Retrieved . December 28, 2018
"Introducing the 2021 Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index". The Cook Political Report. April 15, 2021 . Retrieved . April 15, 2021
Cocke, Sophie (November 18, 2019). "Former Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho endorses Kai Kahele for Congress". Honolulu Star-Advertiser . Retrieved . November 28, 2019
^ Hawaii Office of Elections:
Election results separated by year. Accessed February 11, 2015.
1970 Election Results
1972 Election Results
1974 Election Results
1976 Election Results
1978 Election Results
1980 Election Results
1982 Election Results
1984 Election Results
1986 Election Results
1988 Election Results
1990 Special Election Results
1990 Election Results
1992 Election Results
1994 Election Results
1996 Election Results
1998 Election Results
2000 Election Results
2002 Election Results
2002 Special Election Results
2003 Special Election Results
2004 Election Results
2006 Election Results
2008 Election Results
2010 Election Results
2012 Election Results
"Hawaii General Election 2014" (PDF). Hawaii Office of Elections. November 4, 2014 . Retrieved . December 18, 2014
"PRIMARY ELECTION 2016 – State of Hawaii – Statewide". State of Hawaii Office of Elections. August 16, 2016. p. 1 . Retrieved . November 18, 2016
"Statewide Summary" (PDF). Office of Elections. State of Hawaii . Retrieved . November 20, 2018
Coordinates: 19°48′35″N 155°30′22″W / 19.80972°N 155.50611°W