Kim selected as Senate President

Published On: Dec 28 2012 10:38:00 AM HST

New Senate President Donna Mercado Kim.

HONOLULU -

Senate Vice President Donna Mercado Kim has been selected as the President of the Senate and will preside during the 27th Hawaii State Legislature, which will convene on January 16, 2013, according to a Senate press release.

Sen. Ronald D. Kouchi will serve as Senate Vice President.  Sen. David Ige will continue as Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, with Sen. Michelle Kidani serving as his Vice Chair.

The Senate acted quickly to organize after Maui State Senator Shan Tsutsui took the oath of office as Lieutenant Governor on Thursday.    The Senate line-up remains mostly intact to allow members continuity in their committee work as the Senate has been preparing for the upcoming session.

"We are solidified in dealing with the pressing issues facing our State.  The Senate continues to be organized in a cooperative and focused manner.  I’m humbled to receive the confidence and support of my colleagues," said Kim.

"We reached an agreement quickly so that we can continue to focus our attention on the issues and begin preparations for the 2013 session," said Kouchi.

A complete listing of Senate leadership and committee chairmanships is as follows:

PresidentDonna Mercado Kim
Vice PresidentRonald D. Kouchi
Majority LeaderBrickwood Galuteria
Assistant Majority LeaderMichelle Kidani
Ways and Means, ChairDavid Ige
Ways and Means, Vice ChairMichelle Kidani

Majority Floor LeaderWill Espero
Majority Policy LeaderLes Ihara, Jr.
Majority WhipGil Kahele
Majority WhipJill Tokuda
Judiciary and Labor, ChairClayton Hee
Commerce and Consumer Protection, ChairRoz Baker
Agriculture, ChairClarence Nishihara
Technology and The Arts, ChairGlenn Wakai
Economic Development, Government Operations and Housing, ChairDonovan Dela Cruz
Energy and Environment, ChairMike Gabbard
Education, ChairJill Tokuda
Tourism and Hawaiian Affairs, ChairBrickwood Galuteria
Health, ChairJosh Green, M.D.
Higher Education, ChairBrian Taniguchi
Human Services, ChairSuzanne Chun Oakland
Public Safety and Military Affairs, ChairWill Espero
Transportation & International Affairs, ChairJ. Kalani English
Water and Land, ChairMalama Solomon

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