There are no more Republicans in the Hawaii state Senate, while the number of members in the House has dwindled to six.

And some members of the GOP had argued earlier this year that Rep. Beth Fukumoto would switch parties and become a Democrat.


Rep Beth Fukumoto Chang presser with HECO intervenors Presser at the Capitol. 19 july 2016
Rep. Beth Fukumoto. Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2016

On Thursday new leadership posts were announced for the Minority Caucus, and Fukumoto remains minority leader. Here are the other posts:

  • Andria Tupola, Minority Floor Leader
  • Gene Ward, Minority Leader Emeritus & Policy Leader
  • Lauren Cheape Matsumoto, Minority Whip
  • Bob McDermott, Assistant Minority Leader
  • Cynthia Thielen, Assistant Minority Floor Leader

And here are some of the more noteworthy committee assignments:


  • Andria Tupola
  • Gene Ward


  • Bob McDermott
  • Cynthia Thielen

Majority Democrats in both chambers organized earlier this year and made only a handful of significant changes in leadership and committees.

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