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Ed Case

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Ed Case, a member of the Democratic Party, represented Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District (HI-02) from 2003 to 2006. Case is presently running for the 1st Congressional District (HI-01) seat vacated by Rep. Neil Abercrombie in his bid for the Hawaii governorship in 2010.

Case had won a special election on January 4, 2003 to replace the late Rep. Patsy Mink, who easily won re-election weeks after dying of viral pneumonia. Case won a second two-year term to the US House of Representatives in the 2004 elections. Case's principal challenger in the 2004 general election was freshman Honolulu City Council member Mike Gabbard, a Republican who surfaced in the 1990's as a leader in the religious right's campaign to ban gay marriages in the islands.

On January 19, 2006, Case shocked the Hawaii Democratic Party by declared his intent to run for the senate seat held by Senator Daniel Akaka. Case lost the September 23, 2006 primary election.

In a Star-Bulletin article on January 20, the following was reported:

Case, who had previously said he would run for re-election, but always kept open the possibility of running for another office, said yesterday he was running for the Senate because Hawaii had to prepare for a new generation in Congress.

"For me, it is exactly the right thing to do, not just for me, for Hawaii. I don't look at it as a gamble; I look at it as the right thing to do," Case said, flanked by wife Audrey at a news conference.

"I have been thinking about it for the last year," Case said, adding that he had hoped that Akaka, 81, would retire and not run.

"I was hoping this would not be a campaign against Dan Akaka. The last thing I want to do is run against Sen. Akaka. This is not, please, this is not comfortable. It is unfortunate."

Case says he is running because "the reality of life is that we will not have our two current senators for an indefinite period into the future, and we have to think how we will move on, we want to have control how we move forward." [1]

An insight into the character of Ed Case, in a Midweek article dated January 25, 2006, Dan Boylan wrote:

Few would call Case a good party man. Case is a Case man. Following his narrow loss to Mazie Hirono in the Democrats’ 2002 gubernatorial contest, he concentrated on his own congressional run and offered Hirono little support. She does not speak highly of him. [2]



Case was born and raised in Hilo, on the island of Hawai'i. Case is the eldest of six children.


He attended public schools in Hilo and graduated in 1970 from the private Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy in Kamuela. In 1975, Case graduated with a BA from Williams College in Massachusetts. He then worked for three years (1975-1978) for Congressman Spark Matsunaga. In 1985, Rep. Case earned his Juris Doctor from the Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.


Case worked for almost twenty years with the law firm of Carlsmith Ball in Honolulu. He also was a law clerk to Hawai‘i Supreme Court Chief Justice William S. Richardson, and with Hawai‘i’s State Department of Labor.


From 1985 to 1989, he served on the Manoa Neighborhood Board in Honolulu.

Ed Case was elected to the Hawaii State House of Representatives 1994. In 1999 to 2000, he was elected and served as Majority Leader in Hawaii's lower house. But as Majority Leader, Case felt increasing discord between him and more senior members of the Democratic Party in the House. Case pressed hard for reform of the way the legislature spent state money. With calls for Case's replacement as Majority Leader, Case retired in protest.

In the 2002 primary election, Ed Case lost to Mazie Hirono in Hawaii's gubernatorial race. Republican Linda Lingle, ultimately defeated Mazie Hirono in the bid for the Hawaii governorship.

Ed Case caused a stir in the Democratic Party by running against Sen. Daniel Akaka in the 2006 elections. He lost his bid to unseat Daniel Akaka.

Ed Case's cousin is Stephen M. Case, former AOL CEO.


Some have labeled Case as a DINO. However, he recently came out in favor of the healthcare reform effort moving through the House. On the Issues, rated Case as a moderate liberal [3], and Americans for Democratic Action have given him relatively high ratings (85% in 2005, 90% in 2004, 95% in 2003). He is, however, conservative on fiscal issues and national defense.

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This page was last modified 19:30, 19 March 2010 by dKosopedia user Alohaboy. Based on work by dKosopedia user(s) Jbet777, Powerofpie, Allamakee Democrat, Pandora and Kagro X. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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