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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.
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