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State Senate confirms committee leadership


The State Senate has confirmed the chairs for all 14 committees under Senate President Ron Kouchi.

“This lineup of committee leadership is a thoughtful and effective placement of our Senators,” said Senate President, Sen. Ronald Kouchi (Kauai, Niihau). “With these new configured committees, we believe we are able to better address the important issues that face our State.”

The following are the new committees and the assigned Chairs:

Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health (CPH)

Chair: Sen. Rosalyn Baker

Vice Chair: Sen. Michelle Kidani

Economic Development, Environment, and Technology (EET)

Chair: Sen. Glenn Wakai

Vice Chair: Sen. Sam Slom

Education (EDU)

Chair: Sen. Michelle Kidani

Vice Chair: Sen. Breene Harimoto

Government Operations (GVO)

Chair: Sen. Donna Mercado Kim

Vice Chair: Sen. Les Ihara, Jr.

Hawaiian Affairs (HWN)

Chair: Sen. Maile S.L. Shimabukuro

Vice Chair: Sen. J. Kalani English

Human Services (HMS)

Chair: Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland

Vice Chair: Sen. Gil Riviere

Higher Education and the Arts (HEA)

Chair: Sen. Brian Taniguchi

Vice Chair: Sen. Gilbert Kahele

Housing (HOU)

Chair: Sen. Breene Harimoto

Vice Chair: Sen. Brickwood Galuteria

Judiciary and Labor (JDL)

Chair: Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran

Vice Chair: Sen. Maile S.L. Shimabukuro

Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs (PSM)

Chair: Sen. Clarence K. Nishihara

Vice Chair: Sen. Will Espero

Tourism and International Affairs (TSI)

Chair: Sen. Gilbert Kahele

Vice Chair: Sen. J. Kalani English

Transportation and Energy (TRE)

Chair: Sen. Lorraine R. Inouye

Vice Chair: Sen. Mike Gabbard

Water, Land, and Agriculture (WLA)

Chair: Sen. Mike Gabbard

Vice Chair: Sen. Clarence K. Nishihara

Ways and Means (WAM)

Chair: Sen. Jill N. Tokuda

Vice Chair: Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz

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