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Mazie Hirono's Biography


Full Name:

Mazie K. Hirono




Husband: Leighton; 1 Stepchild: Malia

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Fukushima, Japan

Home City:

Honolulu, HI



JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 1978

BA, Psychology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1970

Senator, United States Senate, Hawaii, 2013-present

Candidate, United States Senate, Hawaii, 2012, 2018

Representative, United States House of Representatives, Hawaii, District 2, 2007-2013

Candidate, United States House of Representatives, Hawaii, District 2, 2006, 2008, 2010

Candidate, Governor of Hawaii, 2002

Lieutenant Governor, State of Hawaii, 1994-2002

Representative, Hawaii House of Representatives, 1980-1994

Executive Board Member, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, present

Member, Congressional Bike Caucus, present

Member, Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, present

Member, Congressional Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Caucus, present

Member, Congressional Defense Communities Caucuse, present

Member, Congressional Fire Services Caucus, present

Member, Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus, present

Member, Congressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Equality Caucus, present

Member, Congressional National Parks Caucus, present

Member, Congressional Next Generation 9-1-1 Caucus, present

Member, Congressional Progressive Caucus, present

Member, Congressional Social Work Caucus, present

Co-Chair, Congressional Study Group on Japan, present

Member, Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus, present

Member, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus, present

Member, Senate Bipartisan Small Brewers Caucus, present

Member, Senate Oceans Caucus, present

Member, Senate Travel Caucus Members, present

Member, Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus, present

Member, United Service Organizations (USO) Congressional Caucus, present

Former Member, Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Tom Lantos Human Rights Caucus

Former Member, Congressional TRIO Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Vision Caucus

Former Chair, Consumer Protection and Commerce Committee, Hawaii State House of Representatives

Former Member, House Democracy Assistance Commission

Former Member, House Democratic Caucus

Former Member, House Impact Aid Coalition

Former Member, House Oceans Caucus

Former Member, House Rural Health Care Coalition

Former Member, International Conservation Caucus

Former Member, National Marine Sanctuary Caucus

Former Member, National Service Caucus

Former Member, Port Security Caucus

Former Member, Privacy, Technology and the Law Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Member, Select Committee on Intelligence, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Airland, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Energy, United States Senate

Former Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Water and Power, United States Senate

Former Attorney, Shim, Tam, Kirimitsu, Kitamura and Chang

Deputy Attorney General, State of Hawaii, 1978

Member, Democratic Rural Working Group, present

Former Member, Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition

Former Member, United States-China Working Group

Co-Founder, University Connections

Founder, Patsy T. Mink Political Action Committee, 2004

Hobbies or Special Talents:

Arts, Ceramics, E-Reader, Internet Scrabble

Pets (include names):

1 Cat: Hemic

Priority Issues:

Hirono's priority is to ensure that every American family has the opportunity to work and succeed. Her efforts to advance these goals include expanding access to early education, supporting a sustainable economy, and ensuring that we keep our promises to our seniors.

*Believes in individual choice
*Supports stem cell research
*Supports improving education programs for children
*Supports the No Child Left Behind Act
Health Care
*Supports the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
*Supports expanding health insurance for children
*Supports expanding childhood cancer programs
*Against privatized healthcare
Oil Drilling
*Opposes offshore drilling
*Opposes drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)
Same-Sex Marriage
Social Security
*Opposes raising the retirement age
*Opposes privatizing social security
*Supports reducing spending money on military defense
*Supports government spending in order for the economy to grow
*Supports giving tax reliefs to renewable energy programs
*Supports increasing income taxes for wealthy Americans
*Supports the war in Afghanistan
*Supports the United States attack on Libya
*Opposes removing U.S. troops from Afghanistan