BREAKING: House Leadership and Committees

From Derrick DePledge (

“State House Democrats have ended their leadership fight and have settled on leadership and committee assignments for the session that opens on Wednesday.

Rep. Scott Saiki, who will become majority leader, outlined the lineup in a memo to lawmakers on Monday.

Here is the lineup:

Speaker Joseph Souki

Vice Speaker John Mizuno

Majority Leader Scott Saiki

Majority Floor Leader Karen Awana

Majority Whip Romy Cachola

Majority Whip Sharon Har

Majority Whip Ken Ito

Speaker Emeritus Calvin Say

House Minority Leader Aaron Ling Johanson

House Minority Floor Leader Beth Fukumoto

House Minority Leader Emeritus Gene Ward

Assistant Minority Leader Cynthia Thielen

Minority Whip Lauren Cheape

Minority Whip Richard Fale

Minority Whip Bob McDermott

House Finance Committee
Rep. Sylvia Luke, chairwoman

Rep. Scott Nishimoto, vice chairman

*Rep. Aaron Johanson, vice chairman

House Judiciary Committee
Rep. Karl Rhoads, chairman

Rep. Sharon Har, vice chairwoman

House Legislative Management and Government Operations Committee
Rep. Scott Nishimoto, chairman

Rep. John Mizuno, vice chairman

House Consumer Protection and Commerce Committee
Rep. Angus McKelvey, chairman

Rep. Derek Kawakami, vice chairman

House Education Committee
Rep. Roy Takumi, chairman

Rep. Takashi Ohno, vice chairman

House Water and Land Committee
Rep. Cindy Evans, chairwoman

Rep. Nicole Lowen, vice chairwoman

House Energy and Environmental Protection Committee
Rep. Chris Lee, chairman

*Rep. Cynthia Thielen, vice chairwoman

House Higher Education Committee
Rep. Isaac Choy, chairman

Rep. Linda Ichiyama, vice chairwoman

House Ocean Management and Hawaiian Affairs Committee
Rep. Faye Hanohano, chairwoman

Rep. Ty Cullen, vice chairman

House Transportation Committee
Rep. Ryan Yamane, chairman

Rep. Linda Ichiyama, vice chairwoman

House Public Safety Committee
Rep. Henry Aquino, chairman

Rep. Kaniela Ing, vice chairman

House Health Committee
Rep. Della Au Belatti, chairwoman

Rep. Dee Morikawa, vice chairwoman

House Housing Committee
Rep. Rida Cabanilla, chairwoman

**Newly appointed Maui representative, vice chair

House Labor Committee
Rep. Mark Nakashima, chairman

Rep. Mark Hashem, vice chairman

House Human Services Committee
Rep. Mele Carroll, chairwoman

Rep. Bert Kobayashi, vice chairman

House Tourism Committee
Rep. Tom Brower, chairman

Rep. Romy Cachola, vice chairman

House Agriculture Committee
Rep. Jessica Wooley, chairwoman

Rep. Richard Onishi, vice chairman

House Economic Development and Business Committee
Rep. Clift Tsuji, chairman

*Rep. Gene Ward, vice chairman

House Veterans, Military Affairs, International Affairs, and Culture and the Arts Committee
Rep. K. Mark Takai, chairman

Rep. Ken Ito, vice chairman

*Republicans were given the vice chairmanships of three committees.

**Gov. Neil Abercrombie will fill the vacant Maui House seat created by Gilbert Keith-Agaran’s appointment to the state Senate.”


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