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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Renegade? DINO?

  • Gima, Craig. Case veers away from party lines in political stances Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 17, 2003.
  • Gronning, Don. U.S. Rep. Ed Case: Democrat in name only? Haleakala Times, October 25, 2005.

Congressional issues

  • Gamboa, Suzanne. House cracks down on illegal immigrants -- Hawaii's representatives split on a measure that would limit driver's licenses Honolulu Star-Bulletin, February 11, 2005.
  • Abrams, Jim. U.S. Senate panel to vote on Akaka bill next week -- Lingle and other isle officials testify for Hawaiian recognition Honolulu Star-Bulletin, March 2, 2005.
  • Case, Ed. Northwestern Hawaiian Islands should be ‘Yellowstone of Oceans’ -- This precious marine resource needs our protection Honolulu Star-Bulletin, May 22, 2005.
  • Flag proposal would weaken free speech THE ISSUE: The U.S. House has passed a proposed constitutional amendment giving Congress the authority to ban desecration of the flag. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, June 25, 2005.
  • Bernardo, Rosemarie. Case defends U.S. prison -- A Guantanamo tour leaves him convinced there is no abuse Honolulu Star-Bulletin, June 27, 2005.
  • Thompson, Rod. Isles’ reps split on change to nature law -- The Endangered Species Act changes drop critical habitat Honolulu Star-Bulletin, September 30, 2005.
  • Borreca, Richard. Isle congressmen split on Iraq strategy Honolulu Star-Bulletin, December 1, 2005.
  • Borreca, Richard. Case sees Iraq war in a new light now -- He says his earlier support was based on the faulty WMD threat Honolulu Star-Bulletin, June 27, 2006.

2006 bid for Akaka's senate seate

  • Boylan, Dan. Which Way will Ed Run? Midweek, February 23, 2005.
  • Case to Oppose Akaka Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 20, 2006.
  • Case's bid for Senate shakes up Democrats. Honolulu Advertiser, January 20, 2006.
  • Boylan, Dan. Election Year 2006: All Shook Up Midweek, January 25, 2006.
  • Borreca, Richard. Obama comes down on Akaka's side -- The Illinois senator will not support U.S. Rep. Ed Case's bid Honolulu Star-Bulletin, February 3, 2006.
  • Camire, Dennis. Hawai'i lawmakers critical of budget Honolulu Star-Bulletin, February 7, 2006.
  • Serving in Washington is all about the power to make things happen Honolulu Star-Bulletin, February 14, 2006.
  • DePledge, Derrick. ELECTION 2006: Votes over Arctic oil crucial to Senate race Honolulu Advertiser, May 27, 2006.
  • Hawaii Senate: September's Primary Shaping Up to be a Showdown Rassmussen Reports, August 11, 2006.
  • Isle race for Senate does not resemble Connecticut THE ISSUE: U.S. Senate contenders faced off as Sen. Joe Lieberman lost to challenger Ned Lamont in the Democratic primary in Connecticut. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, August 13, 2006.
  • Akaka campaign allows distortion of Case views THE ISSUE: A law partner of Senator Akaka's re-election campaign chairman has accused Rep. Ed Case of supporting anti-Hawaiian legislation. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, August 18, 2006.
  • DePledge, Derrick. Challenger advocates change despite feeling party's disapproval Honolulu Advertiser, August 27, 2006.
  • Reyes, B.J. Challenge to Democrats inspired new generation Honolulu Star-Bulletin, December 29, 2006.

2012 Senate Race

  • Borecca, Richard. Case still has taste for politics -- The ex-congressman believes his skills are best suited for another career on Capitol Hill Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 4, 2007.
  • Borecca, Richard. Case sets his sights on Akaka in 2012 -- Though a loser just last year, he already is seeking money Honolulu Star-Bulletin, July 19, 2007.
  • OUR OPINION: Dems should welcome future Case Senate bid THE ISSUE: Former U.S. Rep. Ed Case has filed as a candidate in 2012 for a Senate seat he sought last year against Sen. Daniel Akaka. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, July 20, 2007.

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