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Mazie Hirono, a member of the Democratic Party, was lieutenant governor of a state of Hawaii under Gov. Benjamin J. Cayetano from 1994 to 2002. Hirono ran against Linda Lingle for Governor of Hawaii in 2002, one of the few gubernatorial races in United States history where two major parties nominated women to challenge each other. Hirono won the 2006 election for Hawaii's 2nd congressional seat, vacated by Ed Case, see Hawaii U.S. House election, 2006.

Political History

Before her tenure as Lieutenant Governor, Hirono served in the Hawaii State Legislature from 1980 to 1994.

In 2002, Hirono planned to run for Mayor of Honolulu when then Mayor Jeremy Harris ran for Governor of Hawaii. However, Harris abruptly dropped out of the race for Governor despite high polling numbers. Hirono scrapped her mayoral intent and jumped into gubernatorial race. She was able to beat former Hawai'i State House of Representatives Majority Leader Ed Case and former Republican Chairman D. G. Anderson for the Democratic spot in the general election. Hirono's running mate for the Lt. Governor's spot was Matt Matsunaga, the son of the late US Senator, Spark Matsunaga. The Hirono/Matsunaga ticket went on to lose to former Republican Mayor of Maui Linda Lingle and her running mate James Aiona, Jr. in the 2002 general election.

Personal History

In 1955, Hirono's mother escaped an abusive marriage by emigrating to the United States with her children. Raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Hirono graduated from Kaimuki High School with honors in 1966. She received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She left Hawai'i briefly to attend Georgetown University Law School, where she graduated phi beta kappa and obtained her doctorate of jurisprudence in 1978. Hirono returned to Honolulu to work as Deputy Attorney General for the State of Hawaii in its Anti-Trust Division from 1978 to 1980. She is one of the first two Buddhists elected to Congress (the other is Hank Johnson).

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This page was last modified 15:25, 6 December 2008 by Andrew Sylvia. Based on work by dKosopedia user(s) Jbet777, Corncam and Allamakee Democrat. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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