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Fil-Am selected as Hawaii’s senate president


HAWAII—Filipino-American Hawaii State Senator Donna Mercado Kim (D-Moanalua, Aiea, Kalihi Valley) has been selected as the new senate president of the Hawaii legislature.

The state’s upper house reorganizes, after the death of long-time Filipino champion and US senator Daniel Inouye.

Kim, the former vice president of the senate, will now preside during the 27th Hawaii State Legislature this month, replacing Senator Shan Tsutsui, who was sworn in as Lieutenant Governor.

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercombrie chose former lieutenant governor Brian Schatz as Inouye’s successor to the US Senate.

“We are solidified in dealing with the pressing issues facing our State. The Senate continues to be organized in a cooperative and focused manner. I’m humbled to receive the confidence and support of my colleagues,” said Senate President Kim, who was first elected to the senate in 2000.

Kim becomes the first Filipino-American to head Hawaii’s senate. Ronald Kouchi takes over Kim’s old post as the new Senate vice president. Brickwood Galuteria is the majority leader.

Kim has long been active in the state political scene having served as a former representative of the Hawaii State House of Representatives from 1982 to 1985 and as a Honolulu City Councilwoman from 1985 to 2000. In 2000, she was elected to the state’s senate.

Kim is one of three Filipino-Americans in the state senate. Others include Will Espero (19th District); and Donovan Dela Cruz (22nd District). Joseph Pimentel/Asian Journal


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Tags: Congress , Donna Mercado Kim , Filipino-American , Hawaii , Migration , Senate

  • kimo211

    Aloha…mga  kababayan,,,,OK  naman  kaming  mga  pinoy  dito  sa  Hawaii….maraming  malungay  at  lahat  nang  klaseng  talbos,,,,  kaya  tuloy  ang  pagasenso  hanggang sa  pulitika,,,,eating  malungay  the  only  way  to  go  for  good  health.

  • tomtom55

    Sana hindi nya tularan si JPE. Namimigay ng xmas bonus na hindi naman galing sa sariling bulsa…

  • Fz20

    mahalo !

  • beerhunters

    Please stop referring to her as filipino american! she’s an american, period!!

    • kanoy

       HERE IS THE TRUTH THEY DELETED
      GEEZE WHAT IS IT WITH ALL THIS HYPHENATED AMERICAN CRAP
      Filipino-American Hawaii State Senator Donna Mercado Kim MAN THIS IS
      DESPERATE THEY HAVE TO GO BACK TO 1894 LOBRENO AND 1902 TINAHORA TO
      CONNECT DONNA TO THE PHILIPPINES LOL EVEN HER PARENTS LILY MERCADO &
      ANDREW KIM WHERE BORN IN PALAMA HONOLULU HAWAII….MAN TALK ABOUT
      SQUEEZING A GRAPE FOR ALL ITS WORTH

  • kanoy

      GEEZE WHAT IS IT WITH ALL THIS HYPHENATED AMERICAN CRAP Filipino-American Hawaii State Senator Donna Mercado Kim MAN THIS IS DESPERATE THEY HAVE TO GO BACK TO 1894 LOBRENO AND 1902 TINAHORA TO CONNECT DONNA TO THE PHILIPPINES LOL EVEN HER PARENTS LILY MERCADO & ANDREW KIM WHERE BORN IN PALAMA HONOLULU HAWAII….MAN TALK ABOUT SQUEEZING A GRAPE FOR ALL ITS WORTH

    • beerhunters

      exactly. chinese don’t call president aquino as chinese-filipino, and for sure he(Pnoy) would not feel good about being called a chinoy!

      • kanoy

         NOW I WON’T BLAME THIS ON THE MASSA…BUT THIS MEDIA & THIS GOVERNMENT ARE GUILTY AS SIN OF THIS CRAP EVIDENCE OF THE MEDIAS GUILT IS YOU NOTICE MY POST IS DELETED THEY GOT EMBARRASSED DONNA KIM GRANDFATHER FOUGHT FOR HAWAII…NOT THE RP OR USA…JUAN LOBRENO

            WW1 veteran (7/4/1918-12/19/1918 resident of Hamakua Hawaii) Pvt Co H 2nd Hawaiian Inf

        Sen. Donna Mercado KIM

            Hawaiian politician of Filipino Korean ancestry
        SO SHE IS A HYPHENATED FILIPINO-KOREAN-AMERICAN

        SHE HAS HELD OFFICE 31 YRS AND NOW THE RP WANTS TO TAKE CREDIT FOR ALL HER PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS DUE TO A 1894 CONNECTION?

        AMERICANS ARE NOT HYPHENATED, ESPECIALLY THOSE OF US FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE BORN UPON US SOIL…ALSO TO SHOW THE SHEER INEQUALITY OF IT ALL WE WILL NEVER PRINT ”AMERICAN-FILIPINO ELECTED TO SENATE” IN THE PHILIPPINES,,,,IT IS NOT PERMITTED
        BOTTOM LINE AMERICANS ARE AMERICANS…..PERIOD

  • beerhunters

    Benigno S. Aquino, a chinese-filipino, elected president of the Philippines.



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