Kim prepared to be Senate president

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Dec 28 2012 11:55:00 PM HST

New Senate President Donna Mercado Kim.

HONOLULU -

Donna Mercado Kim was picked Friday by her colleagues to become Senate president.

Senator Kim is no stranger to politics. She's been in the same halls for the last three decades. Now the seasoned lawmaker says she's ready to take on the challenge of being Senate president.

"I will have to make personal adjustments, but I'm me. I'm not going to change my stripes. I mean I will continue to be the champion for accountability and transparency and efficiency in government. I've always done that," said Senator Kim.

Her no-nonsense demeanor made headlines during the state Senate's "wonder blunder" hearings, as she grilled University of Hawaii leaders.

Senator Kim said she has a passion for politics, and said she's thorough.

"I'm a very hands-on kind of person.  I'm very detail oriented.  I like to make sure that the I's are dotted and the T's are crossed," said Senator Kim.

One of her primary duties as Senate president is making sure things get done, and getting fellow lawmakers to compromise.

"I'm also a consensus builder. I'd like to make sure that you can't please everybody, but will try to get as many people together. But I'm a realist and common sense has to prevail," said Kim.

She still has the 14th District to represent, she plans to fight for them while balancing the interests of the Senate as a whole.

Officially, senators must vote for her to fill the position once the legislature convenes in mid-January.

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