Mazie Hirono

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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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  • GovTrack: Mazie Hirono (GovTrack)
  • OpenCongress: Rep. Mazie Hirono (OpenCongress)
  • Mazie for Congress
  • DailyKos => HI-02
  • MAZIE HIRONO:Her past, present and future Honolulu Star-Bulletin, December 1, 2002.
  • Dayton, Kevin. Mazie Hirono: From poverty to quiet power Honolulu Advertiser, September 4, 2002.
  • Young, Katie. Mazie Hirono Midweek, March 30, 2005.
  • EMILY’s List Announces Endorsement of Mazie Hirono for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District Emily's List, June 14, 2006.
  • Reyes, B.J. Hanabusa gasses up campaign -- The Waianae attorney formally launches her bid for Congress Honolulu Star-Bulletin, June 15, 2006.
  • Reyes, B.J. Schatz criticizes Hirono's inactivity -- Rep. Schatz, running for U.S. House, says she has not made much difference Honolulu Star-Bulletin, August 3, 2006.
  • Thomas, Christine. What is US Representative-elect Mazie Hirono Reading? Literary Lotus, November 11, 2006.
  • Hirono picks key staffers Hawaii Tribune-Herald, December 11, 2006.
  • Dennis Camire and Bill Theobald. Faith may be factor in diverse Congress Honolulu Advertiser, December 26. 2006.
  • Burris, Jerry. Time of political change Honolulu Advertiser, January 4, 2007.
  • Borreca, Richard. Hirono's D.C. debut full of cheer -- Pelosi's leadership is an inspiration to girls, the new U.S. rep says Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 5, 2007.
  • Borreca, Richard. Shift in Congress should boost Hawaii -- Three of the state's four lawmakers will hold important posts Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 7, 2007.
  • Borreca, Richard. Hirono learning the ropes -- First-term lawmakers have to know their place in the Capitol pecking order Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 11, 2007.
  • Boylan, Dan. Opposing Bush’s War Escalation Midweek, January 17, 2007.
  • Borreca, Richard. Hawaii delegation criticizes Iraq war Honolulu Star-Bulletin, February 16, 2007.
  • McAvoy, Audrey. Filipino WWII vets seeking VA benefits -- Rep. Hirono is also being lobbied to shorten waits for family reunification Honolulu Star-Bulletin, February 28, 2007.
  • Boylan, Dan. The Immigrant Congresswoman Midweek, March 21, 2007.
  • Midweek staff. Mazie’s Amazing Windward Break Midweek, April 25, 2007.
  • Abrams, Jim. Hawaiian housing bill earns U.S. House’s OK in second try Honolulu Star-Bulletin, March 29, 2007.
  • Au, Laurie. Funding for Bellows cleanup is requested Honolulu Star-Bulletin, April 12, 2007.
  • Reyes, B.J. on aliens concerns delegates -- Family issues rule isle focus on immigration legislation Honolulu Star-Bulletin, May 28, 2007.
  • Mink's Title IX work celebrated Honolulu Star-Bulletin, June 19, 2007.
  • raatz. Hirono: A Progressive in Paradise (HI-02) Daily Kos, July 8, 2007.

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