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State senators from Maui earn leadership roles and committee assignments for 2024 : Maui Now

Sen. Lynn DeCoite (Aug. 22, 2023) – 1st Special Floor Session – Judicial Confirmations. PC: Hawaiʻi Senate Majority

The Hawaiʻi State Senate announced its finalized leadership and committee assignments ahead of the 32nd Legislature to continue on Jan. 17, 2024.

Maui lawmakers are among those selected for leadership roles in the upcoming legislative session. Sen. Lynn DeCoite was named Assistant Majority Floor Leader and Sen. Troy Hashimoto was selected as one of five Assistant Majority Whips.

Sen. DeCoite will also serve as Chair of the Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism committee; and a member of the Agriculture and Environment and Ways and Means committees.

Sen. Hashimoto will serve as Vice Chair of the Housing committee; and a member of the Higher Education, Transportation and Culture & Arts and Ways and Means committees.

Sen. Angus McKelvey will serve as Chair of the Government Operations committee; and member of the Commerce and Consumer Protection and Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs committees.

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Leadership and committee assignments of the 15 standing committees are as follows:

Leadership:

  • President: Ronald D. Kouchi                                                      
  • Vice President: Michelle N. Kidani                          
  • Majority Leader: Dru Mamo Kanuha      
  • Majority Floor Leader: Glenn Wakai                       
  • Assistant Majority Floor Leader: Lynn DeCoite 
  • Majority Policy Leader: Les Ihara, Jr.
  • Majority Whip: Lorraine R. Inouye
  • Assistant Majority Whip: Henry J.C. Aquino                      
  • Assistant Majority Whip: Troy N. Hashimoto
  • Assistant Majority Whip: Jarrett Keohokalole
  • Assistant Majority Whip: Chris Lee
  • Assistant Majority Whip: Herbert M. “Tim” Richards, III

Committee Assignments:

Agriculture and Environment (AEN)

  • Gabbard, Mike (Chair)
  • Richards, III, Herbert M. “Tim” (Vice Chair)
  • DeCoite, Lynn
  • Rhoads, Karl
  • Awa, Brenton

Commerce and Consumer Protection (CPN)

  • Keohokalole, Jarrett (Chair)
  • Fukunaga, Carol (Vice Chair)
  • McKelvey, Angus L.K.
  • Richards, III, Herbert M. “Tim”
  • Awa, Brenton
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Education (EDU)

  • Kidani, Michelle N. (Chair)
  • Kim, Donna Mercado (Vice Chair)
  • Kanuha, Dru Mamo
  • Richards, III, Herbert M. “Tim”
  • Fevella, Kurt

Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism (EET)

  • DeCoite, Lynn (Chair)
  • Wakai, Glenn (Vice Chair)
  • Fukunaga, Carol
  • Kim, Donna Mercado
  • Fevella, Kurt

Government Operations (GVO)

  • McKelvey, Angus L.K. (Chair)
  • Gabbard, Mike (Vice Chair)
  • San Buenaventura, Joy A.
  • Wakai, Glenn
  • Awa, Brenton

Hawaiian Affairs (HWN)

  • Shimabukuro, Maile S.L. (Chair)
  • Fevella, Kurt (Vice Chair)
  • Ihara, Jr., Les
  • Keohokalole, Jarrett
  • Richards, III, Herbert M. “Tim”

Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • San Buenaventura, Joy A. (Chair)
  • Aquino, Henry J.C. (Vice Chair)
  • Keohokalole, Jarrett
  • Shimabukuro, Maile S.L.
  • Awa, Brenton
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Higher Education (HRE)

  • Kim, Donna Mercado (Chair)
  • Kidani, Michelle N. (Vice Chair)
  • Fukunaga, Carol
  • Hashimoto, Troy N.
  • Fevella, Kurt

Housing (HOU)

  • Chang, Stanley (Chair)
  • Hashimoto, Troy N. (Vice Chair)
  • Aquino, Henry J.C.
  • Kanuha, Dru Mamo
  • Awa, Brenton

Judiciary (JDC)

  • Rhoads, Karl (Chair)
  • Gabbard, Mike (Vice Chair)
  • Elefante, Brandon J.C.
  • San Buenaventura, Joy A.
  • Awa, Brenton

Labor and Technology (LBT)

  • Aquino, Henry J.C. (Chair)
  • Moriwaki, Sharon Y. (Vice Chair)
  • Ihara, Jr., Les
  • Lee, Chris
  • Fevella, Kurt

Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs (PSM)

  • Wakai, Glenn (Chair)
  • Elefante, Brandon J.C. (Vice Chair)
  • Fukunaga, Carol
  • McKelvey, Angus L.K.
  • Awa, Brenton

Transportation and Culture & Arts (TCA)

  • Lee, Chris (Chair)
  • Inouye, Lorraine R. (Vice Chair)
  • Elefante, Brandon J.C.
  • Hashimoto, Troy N.
  • Awa, Brenton

Water and Land (WTL)

  • Inouye, Lorraine R. (Chair)
  • Elefante, Brandon J.C. (Vice Chair)
  • Chang, Stanley
  • Rhoads, Karl
  • Fevella, Kurt

Ways and Means (WAM)

  • Dela Cruz, Donovan M. (Chair)
  • Moriwaki, Sharon Y. (Vice Chair)
  • Aquino, Henry J.C.
  • DeCoite, Lynn
  • Hashimoto, Troy N.
  • Inouye, Lorraine R.
  • Kanuha, Dru Mamo
  • Kidani, Michelle N.
  • Kim, Donna Mercado
  • Lee, Chris
  • Shimabukuro, Maile S.L.
  • Wakai, Glenn
  • Fevella, Kurt
Source: Maui News

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