Shan Tsutsui

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Shan Tsutsui
12th Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii
Assumed office
December 27, 2012
Governor Neil Abercrombie
David Ige
Preceded by Brian Schatz
12th President of the Hawaii Senate
In office
November 6, 2010 – December 27, 2012
Preceded by Colleen Hanabusa
Succeeded by Donna Mercado Kim
Member of the Hawaii Senate
In office
2003-2012
Personal details
Born (1971-08-09) August 9, 1971 (age 44)
Wailuku, Hawaii, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lyndelle Lee
Alma mater University of Hawaii, Manoa

Shan S. Tsutsui (born August 9, 1971) is an American politician who has been the 12th Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii since 2012. He was previously a member of the Hawaii Senate from 2003 to 2012, and he served as President of the Senate from 2010 to 2012.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Wailuku, Tsutsui graduated from Maui High School in 1989 and received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Hawaii in 1994.[2]

Senate[edit]

Tsutsui was a member of the Hawaii Senate from 2003 until becoming Lieutenant Governor in 2012. From 2003 to 2011, he represented district 4, which includes Waihee, Wailuku, and Kahului.[3] Subsequently he represented district 5.

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Following the death of U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, Governor Neil Abercrombie appointed Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz to replace Inouye in the U.S. Senate.[4] As president of the Hawaii Senate, Tsutsui was first in line to replace Schatz as lieutenant governor.[4] If Tsutsui had declined the position of lieutenant governor, Hawaii House Speaker Calvin Say could have accepted the position.[5] Attorney General David M. Louie would have been next in line after Say.[5] After consulting with his family, Senate leaders, and Governor Abercrombie, Tsutsui accepted the position the following day.[6] Tsutsui's successor in the Senate (who served until 2014) was selected by Governor Abercrombie from a list of three names submitted by the central committee.[6] Tsutsui's position as Senate president was filled by Senate vice president Donna Mercado Kim until Senate members voted on a new president on the opening day of the 2013 session.[6]

Personal[edit]

He has three daughters with his wife, Lyndelle.[2]

Electoral history[edit]

Hawai'i State Senate District 4 Democratic Primary Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Shan Tsutsui 4,255 53.12
Democratic Jan Yagi Buen 2,921 36.47
Democratic Thomas Cerizo 834 10.41
Hawai'i State Senate District 4 Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Shan Tsutsui n/a 100.00
Hawai'i State Senate District 4 Election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Shan Tsutsui (inc.) n/a 100.00
Hawai'i State Senate District 4 Democratic Primary Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Shan Tsutsui (inc.) 6,177 68.32
Democratic Jan Yagi Buen 2,864 31.68
Hawai'i State Senate District 4 Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Shan Tstsui (inc.) n/a 100.00
Hawai'i State Senate District 4 Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Shan Tsutsui (inc.) n/a 100.00
Hawai'i State Senate District 4 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Shan Tsutsui (inc.) 10,931 77.83
Republican Eric Seibert 3,113 22.17
Hawai'i State Senate District 5 Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Shan Tsutsui (inc.) n/a 100.00
Hawai'i Lieutenant Governor Democratic Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Shan Tsutsui (inc.) 120,779 47.36
Democratic Clayton Hee 81,255 36.11
Democratic Mary Zanakis 18,274 8.12
Democratic Miles Shiratori 2,593 1.15
Democratic Sam Puletasi 2,126 0.94

References[edit]

  1. ^ Osher, Wendy (December 14, 2012). "House Leadership to be Determined on Opening Day". Maui News. 
  2. ^ a b "Senator Shan S. Tsutsui". capitol.hawaii.gov. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "State Senate chooses Donna Kim as new president". Honolulu Star Advertiser. December 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Hawaii governor names Democrat, Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz, to succeed Inouye in US Senate". The Washington Post. Associated Press. December 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Tsutsui may be affected by choice to fill vacancy". The Maui News. December 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c Tran, Cam (December 27, 2012). "Tsutsui's promotion causes ripple effect: Senate to vote on new president on opening day". KITV. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Colleen Hanabusa
President of the Hawaii Senate
2010–2012
Succeeded by
Donna Mercado Kim
Preceded by
Brian Schatz
Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii
2012–present
Incumbent