“It is time for us to rise and face the challenges of the day. That requires leadership, vision and, most of all, action. That is why I am coming home to Hawai'i – to continue my public service by running for governor.”
Meet Colleen Hanabusa
A fourth-generation American of Japanese Ancestry, Colleen Hanabusa was born in Honolulu and raised in Wai‘anae, where her parents, Isao and June, ran a gas station. She attended St. Andrew’s Priory, the University of Hawaii, and the William S. Richardson School of Law.
In 1998, Colleen was elected to represent the 21st District in the Hawai‘i State Senate, and in 2007, her colleagues elected Colleen to serve as President of the Hawai‘i State Senate where she became the first woman to serve as leader of either chamber of the Hawai‘i legislature. Colleen was also the first Asian-American woman to lead either chamber of a state legislature in the United States.
In 2010, she was elected to represent the First Congressional District of Hawai‘i in the U.S. House of Representatives where she served two terms. While a member of the House, she served on the House Armed Services and Natural Resources Committees. In her second term, she was named the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs.
In 2015, Colleen began service as chair on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART), bringing much-needed leadership to the over-budget project. In November 2016, following the untimely loss of her colleague, Congressman Mark Takai, she returned to Washington for the remainder of the 114th Congress and the 115th Congress.
Colleen’s leadership experience crosses public and private sectors, as well as state and federal office, providing a sound, well-rounded perspective critical to leading the state.
Recognizing Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa as a champion of equality, equity and progress, the Patsy T. Mink Political Action Committee today endorsed Hanabusa for Governor of Hawai‘i.
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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is receiving heat from some lawmakers for greeting a Japanese American congresswoman with the phrase “Konnichiwa” after being asked a question Thursday about continuing funds for the Japanese American Confinement Sites program.
Hawaii officials have repeatedly pointed to a low-level state employee and a breakdown in his agency’s leadership as the main cause for a January missile alert that left hundreds of thousands of islanders thinking they might die in a nuclear blast.
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