State House Republicans have chosen Rep. Aaron Johanson as their new minority leader.
Johanson replaces Rep. Gene Ward, who has led House Republicans for the past two years.
Johanson (R, Mapunapuna-Aiea), who was elected two years ago, will preside over a caucus where four of seven lawmakers — including Johanson — are under the age of 33. Republicans lost a seat in Tuesday’s elections, so Democrats have a 44 to 7 advantage.
“There’s a lot of youth and energy coming into the caucus,” he said.
Johanson said the challenge for Republicans is to “provide a different perspective and add to the dialogue so that the people of Hawaii get the best possible legislation and policy outcomes for maximum benefit.”