Beth Fukumoto

Beth Fukumoto served three terms in the Hawaii House of Representatives where she was recognized as one of Washington Post’s “40 under 40″ rising political stars, Business Insider’s “8 of the most influential millennial women in US politics,” and Apolitical’s “100 Future Leaders: The World’s Most Influential Young People in Government.” She was the youngest woman in the U.S. to lead a major party in a legislature, the first elected Republican to switch parties after Trump’s election, and a Democratic congressional candidate. Currently, she works as a political commentator and teaches leadership and ethics at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Beth Fukumoto: A Bipartisan Spirit Continues To Elude Hawaii’s GOP Legislators Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2024

Beth Fukumoto: A Bipartisan Spirit Continues To Elude Hawaii’s GOP Legislators

It’s hard to encourage cooperation across the aisle when you’re championing many of the same issues that are tearing the country apart.

Beth Fukumoto: Interested In Tracking Certain Topics This Legislative Session? Follow The Caucus Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Beth Fukumoto: Interested In Tracking Certain Topics This Legislative Session? Follow The Caucus

Bills attached to specific interest groups often stand a higher chance of advancing because of their collective power.

Beth Fukumoto: 5 Rules For A Great Political Speech Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2024

Beth Fukumoto: 5 Rules For A Great Political Speech

Captivating speeches should compel the audience to do something about a collective problem or continue acting on a successful solution.

Beth Fukumoto: Day 1 Of The Legislative Session: ‘Buzzing With Energy’ Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2024

Beth Fukumoto: Day 1 Of The Legislative Session: ‘Buzzing With Energy’

Even rivals unite as the promise of making Hawaii a better place prevails.

Beth Fukumoto: Want To Pass A Bill? Which Of These Three Types Is It? David Croxford/Civil Beat/2023

Beth Fukumoto: Want To Pass A Bill? Which Of These Three Types Is It?

As the Legislature convenes, legislators are considering a raft of proposed laws and must decide which to champion.

Beth Fukumoto: A Crystal Ball Won’t Work This Year. Politics And Policy Could Go Many Ways Getty Images/iStockphoto

Beth Fukumoto: A Crystal Ball Won’t Work This Year. Politics And Policy Could Go Many Ways

With elections looming, 2024 could be the most consequential year ever or it may change nothing at all.

Beth Fukumoto: Marilyn Lee’s Career Is A Lesson In Maintaining Balance In Politics Courtesy: Marilyn Lee

Beth Fukumoto: Marilyn Lee’s Career Is A Lesson In Maintaining Balance In Politics

The former state representative's success is a good reminder that you don’t need to be a proud extrovert to run for office.

Beth Fukumoto: Trump Eligibility Dispute Illustrates Why Hawaii Needs State-Run Presidential Primaries Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2017

Beth Fukumoto: Trump Eligibility Dispute Illustrates Why Hawaii Needs State-Run Presidential Primaries

With our current caucus system, island Republicans could nominate a candidate who won't be allowed on the general election ballot.

Beth Fukumoto: Hawaii Needs To Make It Easier For Women To Prolong Their Fertility Getty Images/iStockphoto

Beth Fukumoto: Hawaii Needs To Make It Easier For Women To Prolong Their Fertility

To start with, the Legislature should consider expanding eligibility for in vitro fertilization coverage during the upcoming session.