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Hawai‘i State Senate Updates Leadership and Committee Assignments
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Hawai‘i State Senate Leadership and Committee Assignments

News Release from Hawai’i State Senate, January 21, 2021

LINK: Old Assignments

The Hawaiʻi State Senate recently announced new changes to its leadership and committee assignments.

Senator Jarrett Keohokalole (District 24 – Kāneʻohe, Kailua, Heʻeia and ʻĀhuimanu) will assume the positions of Majority Floor Leader and Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs. He also serves as the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and is a member of the Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts.

Senator Laura Acasio, who was appointed by Governor Ige to the Senate District 1 seat, will serve on the Senate Committees on Agriculture & Environment, Hawaiian Affairs, Human Services and Judiciary. 

“With our leadership and committee assignments now complete, we will begin to move forward and tackle the tough challenges that lay ahead in this new legislative session,” said Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi (District 8 – Kauaʻi and Niʻihau). “Each of our members bring a wealth of experience, expertise and knowledge that will be critical to the work that we do in the Senate.”

The complete list of leadership and committee assignments are posted below:

President: Ronald D. Kouchi
Vice President: Michelle N. Kidani
Majority Leader: J. Kalani English
Majority Caucus Leader: Dru Mamo Kanuha
Majority Policy Leader: LesIhara, Jr.
Majority Floor Leader: Jarrett Keohokalole
Majority Whip: Lorraine R. Inouye
Assistant Majority Whip: Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran
Assistant Majority Whip: Brian T. Taniguchi
Assistant Majority Whip: Clarence K.Nishihara
Minority Leader/ Floor Leader: Kurt Fevella

AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT (AEN)
Gabbard, Mike (Chair)
Nishihara, Clarence K. (Vice Chair)
Acasio, Laura
Rhoads, Karl
Fevella, Kurt

COMMERCE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION (CPN)
Baker, Rosalyn H. (Chair)
Chang, Stanley (Vice Chair)
Misalucha, Bennette E.
Nishihara, Clarence K.
Riviere, Gil
San Buenaventura, Joy A.
Fevella, Kurt

EDUCATION (EDU)
Kidani, Michelle N. (Chair)
Kim, Donna Mercado (Vice Chair)
Dela Cruz, Donovan M.
Kanuha, Dru Mamo
Fevella, Kurt

ENERGY, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, TOURISM, AND TECHNOLOGY (EET)
Wakai, Glenn (Chair)
Misalucha, Bennette E. (Vice Chair)
Lee, Chris
Riviere, Gil
Fevella, Kurt

GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS (GVO)
Moriwaki, Sharon Y. (Chair)
Dela Cruz, Donovan M. (Vice Chair)
Chang, Stanley
Gabbard, Mike
Fevella, Kurt

HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS (HWN)
Shimabukuro, Maile S.L. (Chair)
Keohokalole, Jarrett (Vice Chair)
Acasio, Laura
Ihara, Jr., Les
Fevella, Kurt

HEALTH (HTH)
Keohokalole, Jarrett (Chair)
Baker, Rosalyn H. (Vice Chair)
Moriwaki, Sharon Y.
San Buenaventura, Joy A.
Fevella, Kurt

HIGHER EDUCATION (HRE)
Kim, Donna Mercado (Chair)
Kidani, Michelle N. (Vice Chair)
Keith-Agaran, Gilbert S.C.
Wakai, Glenn
Fevella, Kurt

HOUSING (HOU)
Chang, Stanley (Chair)
Kanuha, Dru Mamo (Vice Chair)
Moriwaki, Sharon Y.
Rhoads, Karl
Fevella, Kurt

HUMAN SERVICES (HMS)
San Buenaventura, Joy A. (Chair)
Ihara, Jr., Les (Vice Chair)
Acasio, Laura
Misalucha, Bennette E.
Fevella, Kurt

JUDICIARY (JDC)
Rhoads, Karl (Chair)
Keohokalole, Jarrett (Vice Chair)
Acasio, Laura
Gabbard, Mike
Kim, Donna Mercado
Lee, Chris
Fevella, Kurt

LABOR, CULTURE AND THE ARTS (LCA)
Taniguchi, Brian T. (Chair)
Ihara, Jr., Les (Vice Chair)
Chang, Stanley
Keohokalole, Jarrett
Fevella, Kurt

PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL, AND MILITARY AFFAIRS (PSM)
Nishihara, Clarence K. (Chair)
English, J. Kalani (Vice Chair)
Baker, Rosalyn H.
Riviere, Gil
Fevella, Kurt

TRANSPORTATION (TRS)
Lee, Chris (Chair)
Inouye, Lorraine R. (Vice Chair)
English, J. Kalani
Shimabukuro, Maile S.L.
Fevella, Kurt

WATER AND LAND (WTL)
Inouye, Lorraine R. (Chair)
Keith-Agaran, Gilbert S.C. (Vice Chair)
Misalucha, Bennette E.
Riviere, Gil
Fevella, Kurt

WAYS AND MEANS (WAM)
Dela Cruz, Donovan M. (Chair)
Keith-Agaran, Gilbert S.C. (Vice Chair)
English, J. Kalani
Inouye, Lorraine R.
Kanuha, Dru Mamo
Kidani, Michelle N.
Moriwaki, Sharon Y.
Shimabukuro, Maile S.L.
Taniguchi, Brian T.
Wakai, Glenn
Fevella, Kurt

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