Robert Bunda

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Robert Bunda
Member of the Hawaii Senate
from the 22nd district
In office
Personal details
Born (1947-04-25) April 25, 1947 (age 71)
Waialua, Hawaii
Political partyDemocratic

Robert "Bobby" Bunda (born April 25, 1947) is a former Democratic member of the Hawaii Senate, representing the 22nd District from 1994 through 2010, when he resigned his position in an unsuccessful bid for Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii.[1] Previously he was a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1983 through 1994.

He is the first Filipino American to attain the presidency of any state legislature in the United States.

He attended Ludwigsburg American High School in Stuttgart, Germany, Leilehua High School, Texas Wesleyan College where he earned his Bachelor of Science in 1974, and the University of Dallas for his graduate studies.

The 2009 Achievement Award for Public Affairs was conferred to Bunda by Filipinas Magazine.[2] The magazine, self-described as "the Magazine for Filipinos Worldwide" named Bunda as among the "brightest lights" of the Filipino community.[3]

Bunda announced on October 13, 2009, that he had entered the 2010 race for Lieutenant Governor for the State of Hawaiʻi.[1] Bunda subsequently lost the election to former state legislator and state party chairman Brian Schatz.


  1. ^ a b Sample, Herbert A. (September 15, 2010). "11 vying for Hawaii's second highest post". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Associated Press. Retrieved 2011-02-04.
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