State Sen. Donna Mercado Kim announced Friday that she will submit her name for consideration to fill the late Daniel K. Inouye's U.S. Senate seat.
Kim was first elected to the State House of Representatives in 1982, representing Salt Lake and Moanalua. In 1985, she won a special election for the Honolulu City Council and served until 2000, chairing the Zoning Committee for 12 years.
Kim has represented Hawaii's 14th Senatorial District since 2000. In 2004, she participated in the Congressional Mentorship Program sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies. Kim shadowed Congresswoman Shelley Berkley and gained insights into congressional policies and procedures.
The senator is vice president of the State Senate as well as the heads of the Committee on Tourism and Government Operations and the Special Committee on Accountability. She is a member of the Commmittee on Ways and Means, Committee on Transportation and International Affairs, and Committee on Higher Education.
Kim joins Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who announced this week they will also apply for the vacancy.
Inouye, in a letter to Gov. Neil Abercrombie, said his last wish was for Hanabusa to succeed him.
Abercrombie will choose Inouye's replacement from a list of three candidates sent to him by the state Democratic party. The party's central committee plans to meet Dec. 28. The deadline for applications is Monday.