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|Hawaii State Senate|
|Hawaii State Legislature|
New session started
|January 21, 2015|
Vice President of the Senate
Length of term
|Authority||Article III, Hawaiʻi Constitution|
$175 per diem for non-Oʻahu members, or
$10 per diem for Oʻahu members (2014)
|November 8, 2016
|November 6, 2018
|Redistricting||Hawaii Reapportionment Commission|
|State Senate Chamber
Hawaiʻi State Capitol
The Hawaiʻi State Senate is the upper chamber of the Hawaii State Legislature. The senate consists of twenty-five members elected from an equal number of constituent districts across the islands. The senate is led by the President of the Senate, elected from the membership of the body, currently Ron Kouchi. The forerunner of the Hawaii State Senate during the government of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi was the House of Nobles originated in 1840. In 1894 the Constitution of the Republic of Hawaii renamed the upper house the present senate. Senators are elected to four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Like most state legislatures in the United States, the Hawaii State Senate is a part-time body and senators often have active careers outside government. The lower chamber of the legislature is the Hawaiʻi House of Representatives. The membership of the Senate also elects additional officers to include the Senate Vice President, Senate Chief Clerk, Assistant Chief Clerk, Senate Sergeant at Arms and Assistant Sergeant at Arms.
Since 2016, when Hawaii's sole Republican state Senator was defeated in his bid for reelection, the Democratic Party has held all 25 seats in the Hawaii Senate. This makes the Hawaii Senate the only state legislative chamber with no opposition members (excluding the officially nonpartisan Nebraska Legislature). This was the first time that any state legislative chamber was completely dominated by a single party since 1980 (when the Alabama Senate and Louisiana Senate were all-Democratic).
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|End of previous legislature (2016)||24||1||0||25|
|Latest voting share||100%||0%|
|President of the Senate||Ron Kouchi||Democratic||8|
|Majority Leader||J. Kalani English||Democratic||7|
|Chief Clerk||Carol T. Taniguchi|
|Assistant Chief Clerk||Jennifer T. Chow|
|Sergeant at Arms||Bienvenido C. Villaflor|
|Assistant Sergeant at Arms||C.M. Park Kaleiwahea|
|1||Kahele, Kaiali‘iKaiali‘i Kahele||Dem||Hawaii||Hilo|
|2||Ruderman, Russell E.Russell E. Ruderman||Dem||Puna, Kaʻu|
|3||Green, JoshJosh Green||Dem||Kona, Kaʻu|
|4||Inouye, LorraineLorraine Inouye||Dem||Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa, Kona|
|5||Keith-Agaran, Gilbert S. C.Gilbert S. C. Keith-Agaran[Note 1]||Dem||Maui||Wailuku, Waiheʻe, Kahului|
|6||Baker, RosalynRosalyn Baker||Dem||South and West Maui|
|7||English, J. KalaniJ. Kalani English||Dem||Maui, Kalawao||Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Molokaʻi, Lanaʻi and Kahoʻolawe|
|8||Kouchi, Ronald D.Ronald D. Kouchi||Dem||Kauai||Kauaʻi, Niʻihau|
|9||Chang, StanleyStanley Chang||Dem||Honolulu||Hawaiʻi Kai, ʻAina Haina, Waiʻalae-Kahala, Diamond Head|
|10||Ihara, Jr., LesLes Ihara, Jr.||Dem||Kaimuki, Kapahulu, Palolo, Maunalani Heights, St. Louis Heights, Moʻiliʻili, Ala Wai|
|11||Taniguchi, BrianBrian Taniguchi||Dem||Manoa, Makiki, Punchbowl, Papakolea|
|12||Galuteria, BrickwoodBrickwood Galuteria||Dem||Kakaʻako, Ala Moana, Waikiki, McCully, Moʻiliʻili|
|13||Chun Oakland, SuzanneSuzanne Chun Oakland||Dem||Liliha, Palama, Iwilei, Kalihi, Nuʻuanu, Pacific Heights, Pauoa, Lower Tantalus, Downtown|
|14||Kim, Donna MercadoDonna Mercado Kim[Note 2]||Dem||Moanalua, ʻAiea, Fort Shafter, Kalihi Valley, Halawa Valley|
|15||Wakai, GlennGlenn Wakai||Dem||Kalihi, Mapunapuna, Airport, Salt Lake, Aliamanu, Foster Village, Hickam, Pearl Harbor|
|16||Harimoto, BreeneBreene Harimoto||Dem||Pearl City, Momilani, Pearlridge, ʻAiea, Royal Summit, ʻAiea Heights, Newtown, Waimalu, Halawa, Pearl Harbor|
|17||Nishihara, Clarence K.Clarence K. Nishihara||Dem||Waipahu, Pearl City, Crestview, Manana, Pacific Palisades|
|18||Kidani, MichelleMichelle Kidani||Dem||Mililani Town, Waipiʻo Gentry, Waikele, Village Park, Royal Kunia|
|19||Espero, WillWill Espero||Dem||ʻEwa Beach, ʻEwa by Gentry, Ocean Pointe, ʻEwa Villages, Iroquois Point|
|20||Gabbard, MikeMike Gabbard||Dem||Makakilo, Kapolei, Kalaeloa, ʻEwa, Waipahu|
|21||Shimabukuro, MaileMaile Shimabukuro||Dem||Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko ʻOlina, Nanakuli, Maʻili, Waiʻanae, Makaha, Makua|
|22||Donovan Dela CruzDonovan Dela Cruz||Dem||Mililani Mauka, Waipiʻo Acres, Wheeler, Wahiawa, Whitmore Village, Poamoho|
|23||Riviere, GilGil Riviere||Dem||Kunia, Schofield Barracks, Wahiawa, Waialua, Haleʻiwa, Kahuku, Laʻie, Kaʻaʻawa, Kaneʻohe|
|24||Tokuda, Jill N.Jill N. Tokuda||Dem||ʻAhuimanu, Heʻeia, Kaneʻohe, Kaneʻohe MCAB|
|25||Thielen, LauraLaura Thielen||Dem||Kailua, Lanikai, Enchanted Lake, Keolu Hills, Maunawili, Waimanalo, Hawaiʻi Kai, Portlock|
The Hawaiʻi State Senate has been meeting at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol in downtown Honolulu since March 15, 1969. Previous to the decision of Governor John A. Burns to build the new Capitol building, the Hawaiʻi State Senate met in ʻIolani Palace.
Hawaiʻi Senate Vice President Donna Mercado Kim will make history on Thursday as she is installed as the first Filipina-American State Senate President.
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