House Speaker Joe Souki and the Democratic majority met in caucus briefly Wednesday afternoon before unveiling the 2015 leadership team and committee chair assignments for next legislative session, which convenes Jan. 21.

“The team that we have formed represents the kind of talents and abilities that will best serve our residents and will address the issues facing our state,” Souki said in a statement. “We look forward to engaging in meaningful discussions with Governor-elect David Ige and his administration to continue to identify ideas and solutions to help Hawaii move forward.”

The Senate organized last week, keeping Donna Mercado Kim as president, and announced its committee memberships Tuesday. There were few significant changes made in either chamber as compared to last session.

Speaker Souki and Rep. Saiki

Hawaii House Speaker Joe Souki, left, and Majority Leader Scott Saiki talk to reporters after announcing leadership positions and committee chairs for the 2015 session, Nov. 12, 2014.

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Members of the House leadership are:

  • Speaker of the House: Joseph Souki
  • Vice Speaker: John Mizuno
  • Majority Leader: Scott Saiki
  • Majority Floor Leader: Cindy Evans
  • Majority Whip: Ken Ito
  • Asst. Majority Leader: Chris Lee
  • Asst. Majority Leader: Roy Takumi
  • Speaker Emeritus: Calvin Say

2015 House Committee chairs:

  • Agriculture (AGR): Clift Tsuji, Chair; Richard Onishi, Vice Chair
  • Economic Development & Business (EDB): Derek Kawakami, Chair; Sam Kong, Vice Chair
  • Veterans, Military & International Affairs (VMI): Romy Cachola, Chair; Ken Ito, Vice Chair
  • Tourism & Culture and the Arts (TCA): Tom Brower, Chair; Takashi Ohno, Vice Chair
  • Labor & Public Employment (LAB): Mark Nakashima, Chair; Jarrett Keohokalole, Vice Chair
  • Public Safety (PBS):  Gregg Takayama, Chair; Kyle Yamashita, Vice Chair
  • Transportation (TRN): Henry Aquino, Chair; Matthew LoPresti, Vice Chair
  • Health (HLT): Della Au Belatti, Chair; Dee Morikawa, Vice Chair
  • Housing (HSG): Mark Hashem, Chair; Richard Creagan, Vice Chair
  • Human Services (HUS): Mele Carroll, Chair; Bertrand Kobayashi, Vice Chair
  • Energy & Environmental Protection (EEP): Chris Lee, Chair; Nicole Lowen, Vice Chair
  • Ocean, Marine Resources & Hawaiian Affairs (OMH): Kaniela Ing, Chair; Nicole Lowen, Vice Chair
  • Water & Land (WAL): Ryan Yamane, Chair; Ty Cullen, Vice Chair
  • Education (EDN): Roy Takumi, Chair; Takashi Ohno, Vice Chair
  • Higher Education (HED): Isaac Choy, Chair; Linda Ichiyama, Vice Chair
  • Finance (FIN): Sylvia Luke, Chair; Scott Nishimoto, Vice Chair
  • Legislative Management (LMG): Scott Nishimoto, Chair; John Mizuno, Vice Chair
  • Consumer Protection & Commerce (CPC): Angus McKelvey, Chair; Justin Woodson, Vice Chair
  • Judiciary (JUD): Karl Rhoads, Chair; Joy San Buenaventura, Vice Chair

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