Sen. Ronald D. Kouchi currently serves as vice president of the Senate, as well as Majority Caucus Leader. He represents District 8, which encompasses Kauai and Niihau.
On Sept. 7, 2010, Kouchi was appointed by then-Gov. Linda Lingle to fill the District 7 Senate Seat after Sen. Gary Hooser resigned. Before his appointment to the Senate, Kouchi served 22 years on Kauai’s County Council, 12 of them as its chairman. He was elected into Senate for his second term in the 2012 general election after defeating Republican William Georgi.
He is currently the vice chair of the Committee on Agriculture. He is also a member of the committees on Transportation and International Affairs as well as Ways and Means.
Kouchi graduated from Waimea High School on Kauai’s west side in 1975 before attending Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. One of his two sons, Dan Kouchi, is currently working in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono.