John Carroll (Hawaii politician)

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John Carroll
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Member of the Hawaii Senate
In office
Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
John Stanley Carroll

(1929-12-18) December 18, 1929 (age 89)
St. Marys, Kansas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Hawaii, Hilo
University of Hawaii, Manoa (BEd)
St. Mary's University, Texas (JD)
WebsiteCampaign website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
 United States Air Force
Years of service1951–1953 (Active)
1956–1985 (Reserve)[1]
RankUS-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Battles/warsKorean War

John Stanley Carroll (born December 18, 1929) is an American politician from the state of Hawaii. He served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1970 to 1978 and in the Hawaii State Senate from 1978 to 1980. He is a retired lawyer, having been educated at Saint Mary's University, the University of Hawaii at Hilo and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.[2][3] He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and later transferred to the United States Air Force. He graduated the Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College, became a staff judge advocate for the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard, and retired from the Air Force as a colonel.[1] After military service, he worked as a pilot for Hawaiian Airlines. From 1981 to 1982, he chaired the Hawaii Republican Party.[1]

Carroll ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Hawaii in 2002 and 2010, for the United States House of Representatives in 2002, and for the United States Senate in 2000 and 2012. In August 2016, Carroll won the Republican nomination for United States Senate for 2016. In the 2016 Primary Election, Carroll received 26,749 votes for a share of 61.7% of the votes cast by Republican voters.[4] In the 2016 General Election, Carroll received 92,653 voters for a share of 21.2% of the votes cast.[4] He lost in the general election to incumbent Democrat Brian Schatz.

In 2017, facing potential disbarment over two 2015 complaints of professional misconduct, Carroll agreed to give up his law license.[5]

Following the 2018 Hawaii false missile alert message sent by the State of Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency to hundreds of thousands of Hawaii residents via their phones on 13 January 2018, Carroll dubbed the incumbent Democratic governor David Ige "Doomsday David" and called on him to resign.[6]

He sought the Republican nomination for Governor of Hawaii in 2018.[7]

As of mid-March 2018, John Carroll was leading GOP rival Andria Tupola in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's statewide poll of likely 2018 Republican voters by a double-digit margin of 12 percentage points. The poll showing 40% of potential Republican voters supporting Carroll as opposed to 28% supporting Tupola.[8] Carroll was defeated by Tupola by a 20% margin in the August 11 primary.


  1. ^ a b c Wright, Walter (September 9, 2002). "John Carroll: Faith shaped a winding journey". The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  2. ^ "Jack Carroll's Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
  3. ^ "Former Hawaii State Senator, John S. Carroll, to Run for U.S. Senate". Hawaii Reporter. 2011-09-23. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
  4. ^ a b "Office of Elections | Results". Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  5. ^ "Disciplinary Board v. John S. Carroll". Justia.
  6. ^ "GOP rival labels Hawaii governor 'Doomsday David' after false alarm fiasco". Fox News. 2018-01-20. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  7. ^ Daverta, Jobeth (Jan 21, 2018). "Hawaii minority leader Rep. Andria Tupola enters gubernatorial race". Hawaii News Now. Retrieved Jan 26, 2018.
  8. ^ "Latest poll shows who is on top in the race for Hawaii's next Governor". Retrieved 2018-04-03.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Maria Hustace
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Hawaii
(Class 1)

Succeeded by
Cynthia Thielen
Preceded by
Campbell Cavasso
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Hawaii
(Class 3)

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