U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono was first in earmarks in the House during fiscal year 2010, while then-U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie — now governor — was third, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Hirono had 67 earmarks worth more than $149 million. Abercrombie had 51 earmarks worth more than $138 million. But most of the earmarks from the Hawaii Democrats were co-sponsored with other lawmakers. Hirono had only four earmarks worth $1.1 million where she was the sole sponsor. Abercrombie had seven earmarks worth $13.3 million where he was the sole sponsor
U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, was second in earmarks in the Senate. The Senate President Pro Tempore had 158 earmarks worth more than $392 million. The senior senator had 66 earmarks worth $251 million where he was the sole sponsor, second only to the late U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W. Va.