Like the Senate, there are few changes when it comes to leadership in the House.

House Speaker Scott Saiki, Majority Leader Della Au Bellatti, and House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke have kept their perches as the chamber’s leaders.

But there have been several changes in committee chairpersons, and the subject matter committees will take on in the next two years, according to a press release.

Rep. John Mizuno has been named vice speaker again. It’s a position he hasn’t held in several years. Rep. Mark Nakashima will chair a combined Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs Committee.

The House has announced committee changes. PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Nakashima’s district includes parts of the Hamakua coast on the Big Island as well as Mauna Kea, the site of Native Hawaiian-led protests in 2019.

Rep. Ryan Yamane will take over as chair of a combined Health, Human Services and Homelessness Committee.

There are also two new committees: Government Reform, chaired by Rep. Angus McKelvey, and Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness, chaired by Rep. Linda Ichiyama.

It’s a sign that the House, like the Senate, plans to put great emphasis on dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in the session set to start in January.

Rep. Nadine Nakamura will take over as Housing Committee Chair, which was held by former Rep. Tom Brower.

The House has not yet finalized committee memberships and who will serve as vice chairs.

Here’s a full list of House leadership:

Leadership

Speaker…………………………………………………………………………………… Scott K. Saiki

Vice Speaker……………………………………………………………………….. John M. Mizuno

Majority Leader …………………………………………………………………… Della Au Belatti

Majority Floor Leader……………………………………………………………… Dee Morikawa

Committee Chairs

 

Agriculture………………………………………………………………………….. Mark J. Hashem

Consumer Protection and Commerce……………………………….. Aaron Ling Johanson

Corrections, Military, and Veterans …………………………………………… Takashi Ohno

Culture and Arts……………………………………………………………. Cedric Asuega Gates

Economic Development…………………………………………………………….. Sean Quinlan

Education………………………………………………………………………… Justin H. Woodson

Energy and Environmental Protection……………………………………. Nicole E. Lowen

Finance……………………………………………………………………………………… Sylvia Luke

Government Reform……………………………………………………. Angus L.K. McKelvey

Health, Human Services, and Homelessness…………………………….. Ryan I. Yamane

Higher Education and Technology ………………………………………… Gregg Takayama

Housing………………………………………………………………………… Nadine K. Nakamura

Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs………………………………………… Mark M. Nakashima

Labor and Tourism…………………………………………………………. Richard H.K. Onishi

Legislative Management……………………………………………………. Dale T. Kobayashi

Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness……………………………………….. Linda Ichiyama

Transportation………………………………………………………………….. Henry J.C. Aquino

Water and Land …………………………………………………………………… David A. Tarnas

 

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