By Richard Borreca
The state House Democrats have finished naming representatives to committee leadership positions. There are few major changes.
Here is the release from the House Majority office:
Honolulu, Hawaii. Speaker of the House Calvin Say today announced the House of Representatives leadership team and the Committee chairmanships for the 25th Legislature. They are:
House Leadership Team
Speaker: Calvin K.Y. Say (District 20 – St. Louis Heights, Palolo Valley, Maunalani Heights, Wilhelmina Rise, Kaimuki)
Vice Speaker: Michael Magaoay (District 46 – Kaena Point, Schofield, Mokuleia, Waialua, Haleiwa, Waimea, Pupukea, Sunset, Kahuku)
Majority Leader: Blake Oshiro (District 33 – Aiea, Halawa Valley, Halawa Heights, Aiea Heights)
Majority Floor Leader: Cindy Evans (District 7 – North Kona, South Kohala)
Majority Whip: Pono Chong (District 49 – Maunawili, Olomana, Enchanted Lake, Kaneohe)
Speaker Calvin Say remains as Speaker of the House, a position he has held since 1998. Say was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1976, and has served on virtually every committee, including as Finance Chair from 1993 – 1998. He is President of Kotake Shokai, Ltd., an import business.
Vice Speaker Michael Magaoay was first elected to the House in 2000 and most recently served as Chair of the Legislative Management Committee. He was born and raised in Waialua and grew up in sugar plantation housing. He is a Senior Project Engineer by profession.
Majority Leader Blake Oshiro was first elected to the House in 2000 and most recently served as Majority Floor Leader and Vice Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. He graduated from the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, and is an associate attorney with the law firm Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing.
Majority Floor Leader Cindy Evans was first elected to the House in 2002 and most recently served as Chair of the Public Safety and Military Affairs Committee. She has a background in state government and is active in various West Hawaii organizations.
Majority Whip Pono Chong was first elected to the House in 2004 and most recently served as Vice Speaker. He has a background in state government, international affairs, and teaching.
Chair: Clift Tsuji Vice Chair: James Tokioka
Consumer Protection and Commerce
Chair: Robert Herkes Vice Chair: Glenn Wakai
Economic Revitalization, Business, and Military Affairs
Chair: Angus McKelvey Vice Chair: Isaac Choy
Chair: Roy Takumi Vice Chair: Lyla Berg
Energy and Environmental Protection
Chair: Hermina Morita Vice Chair: Denny Coffman
Chair: Marcus Oshiro Vice Chair: Marilyn Lee
Chair: Mele Carroll Vice Chair: Maile Shimabukuro
Chair: Ryan Yamane Vice Chair: Scott Nishimoto
Chair: Jerry Chang Vice Chair: Mark Nakashima
Chair: Rida Cabanilla Vice Chair: Roland Sagum
Chair: John Mizuno Vice Chair: Tom Brower
Chair: Jon Riki Karamatsu Vice Chair: Ken Ito
Chair: Karl Rhoads Vice Chair: Bob Nakasone
Chair: James Tokioka Vice Chair: Blake Oshiro
Chair: Faye Hanohano Vice Chair: Henry Aquino
Tourism, Culture and International Affairs
Chair: Joey Manahan Vice Chair: James Tokioka
Chair: Joe Souki Vice Chair: Karen Awana
Water, Land and Ocean Resources
Chair: Ken Ito Vice Chair: Sharon Har