State Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom, the only Republican in the Senate, will serve as vice chairman of the newly formed Senate Economic Development and Housing Committee.
Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz (D, Wheeler-Wahiawa-Schofield) is the committee’s chairman.
Slom (R, Diamond Head-Kahala-Hawaii Kai) said the post would not temper his opposition to Dela Cruz initiatives such as the Public Land Development Corp. and transit oriented development. He said he was initially surprised that Senate leadership offered him the position. He said he also spoke with Dela Cruz.
He reminded me that, in fact, we did have a lot of things in common that we had supported or had spoken up for. And so I said, well, if that’s the situation I’m fine with it and I look forward to working with you.
I respect anybody that has strong views, which he does, and also the right to debate those views in public. So I’m looking forward to that role and being able to do that. And he brought me a pumpkin pie today, so I think that’s a good beginning.