Sylvia Luke

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Rep. Sylvia Luke is the chair of the House Finance Committee. She represents Makiki, Punchbowl, Nuuano, Dowsett Highlands, Pacific Heights and Pauoa since 1998. The 2013 session marks her seventh term as a House representative.

Luke, a Democrat, has served in a number of positions in the Legislature, including vice speaker of the House, vice chair of the House Committee on Legislative Management, vice chair of the House Committee on Economic Development and Business Concerns and chair of the Select Committee on War Preparedness.

She won the Humane Society of the United States Humane State Legislator Award in 2006, as well as the AARP Hawaii Certificate of Appreciation for Consumer Protection. She was also awarded the Korean American Coalition Pioneer Award in Leadership in 2003.

Luke was born on December 15, 1967 in Seoul, Korea. She attended Lincoln Elementary School, Kawananakoa Middle School and Roosevelt High School. She received her bachelor’s from University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1989 and went on to University of San Francisco School of Law, receiving her law degree in 1995.

In addition to her position in Legislature, Luke works as an attorney for Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina and Fairbanks.

 

Sylvia Luke
Ige’s Wish List: More Money For Schools, Housing, Homelessness Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige’s Wish List: More Money For Schools, Housing, Homelessness

Legislative leaders warn that state revenues have slowed and pay raises for unions are not factored into the governor’s proposed budget.

2016 Session: AC For Schools, Help For Housing And Homeless Cory Lum/Civil Beat

2016 Session: AC For Schools, Help For Housing And Homeless

The House and Senate also killed bills to let psychologists prescribe drugs and fund a new jail on Oahu, but did hand water permits to A&B on Maui.
Hawaii Lawmakers Recommend $12M For Homeless Initiatives Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Recommend $12M For Homeless Initiatives

But Sen. Jill Tokuda and Rep. Sylvia Luke want the Ige administration to set benchmarks for progress and report back to the Legislature.
Luke’s Bait-and-Switch on Payday Lending Must be Fixed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Luke’s Bait-and-Switch on Payday Lending Must be Fixed

The powerful House committee chair eliminated the legislation's limit on interest rates after assuring colleagues a rate cap was included in the bill.
Sylvia Luke Raises Campaign Cash During Session PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Sylvia Luke Raises Campaign Cash During Session

The chairwoman of the Hawaii House Finance Committee seeks contributions of up to $250 per person.
Hawaii Rock Climbers File Ethics Complaint Against Rep. Sylvia Luke

Hawaii Rock Climbers File Ethics Complaint Against Rep. Sylvia Luke

Group claims Luke, a personal injury lawyer, had a conflict of interest when she changed a bill aimed at protecting the state from being sued.