Lauren Matsumoto

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Lauren Cheape Matsumoto
Lauren Cheape for 45.jpg
Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives
from the 45th district
Assumed office
November 6, 2012
Preceded byJo Jordan
Personal details
BornLauren Kealohilani Cheape
(1987-08-16) August 16, 1987 (age 33)
Mililani, Hawaii
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Scott Matsumoto (Married 2013)
Children2
Alma materUniversity of Hawaii
ProfessionPolitician, beauty pageant titleholder
Websitewww.RepMatsumoto.com

Lauren Kealohilani Cheape Matsumoto (born August 16, 1987) is an American politician and beauty pageant titleholder, who is a member of the Hawaii State House representing Hawaii's 45th District. Matsumoto represents Schofield, Mokuleia, Waialua, Kunia, Waipio Acres, and her hometown of Mililani in the Hawaii State House of Representatives. She holds the title of Miss Hawaii 2011, and competed in the Miss America 2012 pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada.[1] She was born and raised in Mililani, Hawaii.

Personal life[edit]

Matsumoto was born Lauren Kealohilani Cheape and raised in Mililani, where she attended Mililani Waena Elementary, was a member of the first class to attend Mililani Middle School, and graduated from Mililani High School.[citation needed] She participated in many activities, including the jump rope team, volleyball, swimming, water polo, and the symphonic ensemble.[citation needed]

Cheape graduated from University of Hawai'i Academy for Creative Media with a B.A. in film production and minored in both Business and Japanese. Her first experience with the legislature was with her documentary, Farm Grown, which helped pass the Feed Subsidy Bill. Cheape was a four-year Division I scholar-athlete at the University of Hawai‘i as a Wahine Water Polo player.[2] She was also a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and initiated the C.A.R.E. (Collegiate Athletes Reaching Everyone) program, which uses student-athletes to encourage youth to excel in academics and participate in athletics. Cheape earned an MBA from Hawaii Pacific University in May 2015.

In July 2013, Cheape married Scott Matsumoto, a firefighter for the Honolulu Fire Department, and changed her name to Lauren Matsumoto. The pair met at their church, One Love, where they are active members. Their first child, Noah, was born in August 2017.[citation needed]

Beauty pageants[edit]

Matsumoto competed at Miss Hawaii 2011 as Miss East Oahu. Her talent was a jump rope routine, which she took up after seeing a jump rope team perform at her school.[3] Her platform is C.A.R.E.: Collegiate Athletes Reaching Everyone.[4] She won the Miss Hawaii title on her fourth try. She represented Hawaii at the National Sweetheart 2010 pageant, a spot she earned by placing 2nd runner-up to Miss Hawaii 2010.[5] She was named a Quality of Life Finalist and won the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Award for most money raised in the country, which benefited Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, at the Miss America 2012 pageant.[6]

Political career[edit]

Matsumoto ran a successful campaign for election in 2012 to the newly formed District 45 of the Hawaii State House on Oahu, Hawaii. District 45 comprises Matsumoto's hometown of Mililani as well as Schofield, Wheeler, Mokuleia, and Waialua. She ran unopposed in the primaries as a Republican candidate.

Matsumoto campaigned on expanding local agriculture, strengthening education, improving the local economy, and advocating for responsible environmental policies.[citation needed]

Matsumoto was hospitalized with occupational burnout for two weeks during her first term in office.[7]

Community service and awards[edit]

Matsumoto is an active member of the Council of State Government (CSG) and was selected to attend their Western Legislative Academy program in 2014. She was then named a Toll Fellow in 2015, participating in CSG's selective leadership development program for state officials. In 2015 she was also chosen to be a part of Governing Institute inaugural class of women in government. In addition, she was elected as the Western Regional Board director on the Women In Government National Board, having previously served as the Hawaii State Director. Matsumoto also serves as a founding member of the Echelon Board of the Salvation Army - Hawaiian and Pacific Islands.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lauren Cheape crowned Miss Hawaii". KHON 2. June 4, 2011. Archived from the original on April 3, 2012.
  2. ^ "Lauren Cheape - Women's Water Polo". University of Hawai'i at Manoa Athletics. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "Miss Hawaii contestant profile: Lauren Cheape, Miss East Oahu". KHON 2. May 29, 2011.
  4. ^ "Miss East Oahu Page of Miss Hawaii 2011 Program Book". Miss Hawaii Organization. Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Retrieved June 11, 2011.
  5. ^ "National Sweetheart". Pageantopolis. Archived from the original on July 22, 2015.
  6. ^ "2012 Miss America photos: IHOP breakfast, Quality of Life finalists". Las Vegas Sun. January 6, 2012.
  7. ^ Quinn, Mattie (December 11, 2018). "A Cautionary Tale for the Newly Elected". www.governing.com. Retrieved April 6, 2019.

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Preceded by
Jalee Fuselier
Miss Hawaii
2011
Succeeded by
Skyler Kamaka