Mazie Hirono (1947 – )

U.S. Senator from Hawaii (D), 2013 – Present

Mazie Hirono has been serving as U.S. Senator from Hawaii since 2013. Hirono is the first female elected female senator from Hawaii, the first Asian American female senator, the first U.S. senator to be born in Japan, and the first Buddhist U.S. Senator.

Hirono founded the Patsy T. Mink PAC in 2004 to help other women running for office. Her previous elected positions include Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii (1994 – 2002), U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district (2007 – 2013), and member of the Hawaii House of Representatives (1981 – 1994).

As a member of the Senate Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committee, Hirono works on legislation that supports Hawaii’s critical role in the Asia-Pacific region and honors Filipino World War II veterans, families of service members, and small business owners.

Sources:

“About Mazie | Mazie K. Hirono – A Voice for Hawai’i in the U.S. Senate,” http://www.hirono.senate.gov, n.d., https://www.hirono.senate.gov/about.

“Mazie Hirono,” Ballotpedia, n.d., https://ballotpedia.org/Mazie_Hirono.

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