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List of United States Representatives from Hawaii

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The following is an alphabetical list of members of the United States House of Representatives from the state of Hawaii. For chronological tables of members of both houses of the United States Congress from the state (through the present day), see United States Congressional Delegations from Hawaii. The list of names should be complete (as of January 3, 2015), but other data may be incomplete. It includes members who have represented both the state and the Territory, both past and present.

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The United States is, shockingly, a bunch of states that are united. It was just 13 to start with, but as time marched on, the border marked west, bringing us to today and the 48 contiguous states plus Alaska and Hawaii. They're usually drawn in these little boxes, not to to scale because Hawaii is in the middle of a vast ocean of deadly nothing-ness, and Alaska is monstrous. Unlike other unions, where members can leave if they so choose, statehood is eternal. Even for you, Texas. Now, how the federal government works is a story for another time, but at the moment, all you need know is that Congress, where national laws are written is made of representatives who are sent from the states. Now, there are some non-state gaps not visible on this map. The first is Washington D.C., the nation's capital. which is a stateless limbo land between Maryland and Virginia. As D.C. is a city without a state, it puts her under the control of Congress. Meaning all the other states get the final say on how D.C. is run, while she doesn't get a vote in anything. It didn't matter when the District of Columbia was basically uninhabited, but since more people live in D.C. now than do in a couple of states it's an uncomfortable arrangement. The other gaps on this map are the American Indian reservations. which are numerous. The United States kind of administers them while sort of treating them as foreign nations which means you could draw the state boundaries to look like this because the reservations are kind of apart from those states. But the American Indian reservations are such a full of asterisks (O' so sensitive situation) it's also better as a story for another time. Gaps aside, the continent (and Hawaii) is mostly straight-forward. But there's more than just these United States. When the U.S. ran out of lands to manifest destiny, she learned from the best and teritorified a whole bunch of islands. First up: Puerto Rico - an organized, unincorporated territory of the U.S. This means she's self-governing(to some extent) and that all the U.S. constitution doesn't automatically apply on the island. Now, 3.7 million people live in Puerto Rico which is 91% of the people living on U.S. Territorial islands and more people than live in 21 of the states. And, the U.S. treats Puerto Rico as a state in almost all but name which possibly soon she will be anyway bringing the number of stars to a nice, even, 51? But Puerto Rico isn't the only organized, unincorporated territory. There's also Guam, which was acquired in the Spanish-American war, along with Puerto Rico, there's the Northern Mariana Islands, taken from Japan during World War II, and the U.S. Virgin Islands taken from nobody -- Denmark sold her. The people in these territories are American citizens. In most ways, the territories are just like D.C. Congress can override their local governments and they don't have representation because no state-tation. But otherwise, it's America. Actually, the territories and D.C. do get to elect congressional representatives who attend all of the meetings but just can't vote in any of them. which is either the worst job in the world or the best job in the world depending on the kind of person who gets it. Also, since votes for president are based on state population, citizens in the territories can't vote. Which as mentioned in a previous video leads to the weird situation that Americans who live in foreign countries can vote for president in the state where they last lived. While Americans who live in America, just in a territory, cannot. Along with these unincorporated organized territories there are also unincorporated unorganized territories. Actually, quite a few. They are Howland Island, Navassa Island, Wake Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Reef, Serranilla Bank and Bajo Nuevo Bank. Most of these were acquired under the delightfully named Guano Islands Act when the U.S. decided she wanted a bunch of islands filled with bird poop. No, really, the U.S. just straight up wrote a law to declare those islands were now hers. Unorganized, in this system, means there's no local government on these islands because no one lives in these places. Some of them are barley above the water line. Now, the weird category is unorganized incorporated territories of which there is one: the Palmyra Atoll. claimed by the U.S. after the totally peaceful annexation of Hawaii. They're currently an uninhabited nature reserve. But, incorporated means the U.S. constitution applies here. To who? The Palmyra Atoll is like that question about a tree falling in the forest. If there are no people for the constitution to apply to, does the constitution still apply? Yes. This means if a foreigner gives birth on this uninhabited strip and doesn't die from the nature, their child would be an American citizen. Now, this category is empty. It's where territories go before they become states. When basically the Constitution fully applies and it was last occupied by Hawaii. We've gone full circle but there is one territory we've left out -- American Samoa: home to 55,000 people. Uniquely, American Samoans don't get to be citizens but instead are American Nationals. They can live in the states but can't vote in presidential elections Unless they go through the immigration process like any foreigner. Even though in all other ways, they're indistinguishable from citizens. This is unique to American Samoa and there seems to be no reason for it other than that Congress has gotten around to updating the system. American Samoa is in the no-government category, like it's lord of the flies over there, which it obviously isn't. So American Samoa with it's organized government needs to go over here and Puerto Rico, essentially a state, needs to go over here and the empty Palmyra Atoll needs to go over here. But, don't hold your breath for the paperwork to make it's way through Congress any time soon. So, that's all the territories of the United States, but there is one final thing to talk about: three tiny nations -- Palu, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia. The last has a convenient domain name: .fm -- first choice of quality podcasts everywhere. *hint, hint; click, click* These are separate countries with UN seats and everything but they have a "Compact of Free Association" with the United States. The deal is that the U.S. provide economic support and military defense to the compact nations in return for being allowed to build military bases there. Also, compact citizens can live and work in the United States and vice versa. The Americans wanting to live abroad: you have three easy options. So, that's America: 50 states, many reservations, one district, lots of islands territories, some even with people and three tiny associated countries.


Current members

Updated January 2015.[1]

List of representatives

Representative ↑ Party District Years District home Electoral history
Neil Abercrombie.jpg

Neil Abercrombie
Democratic 1st September 20, 1986 –
January 3, 1987
Honolulu Elected to finish Heftel's term.
Lost nomination to the next term.
January 3, 1991 –
February 28, 2010
Elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Resigned to run for Governor of Hawaii.
Daniel Akaka official photo.jpg

Daniel Akaka
Democratic 2nd January 3, 1977 –
May 15, 1990
Honolulu Elected in 1976.
Re-elected in 1978.
Re-elected in 1980.
Re-elected in 1982.
Re-elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
Resigned when appointed U.S. Senator.
Henry Alexander Baldwin (vol. 2, 1921).jpg

Henry Alexander Baldwin
Republican Territory March 25, 1922 –
March 3, 1923
Paia Elected to finish Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole's term.
John A. Burns 1966.jpg

John A. Burns
Democratic Territory January 3, 1957 –
August 21, 1959
Honolulu First elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.
Statehood achieved.
Ed Case, official photo portrait color.jpg

Ed Case
Democratic 2nd November 30, 2002 –
January 3, 2003
Honolulu Elected to finish Patsy Mink's term in the 107th Congress.
January 4, 2003 –
January 3, 2007
Elected to finish Patsy Mink's term in the 108th Congress.
Re-elected in 2004.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
1st January 3, 2019 –
Elected in 2018.
Charles Djou.jpg

Charles Djou
Republican 1st May 22, 2010 –
January 3, 2011
Honolulu Elected to finish Neil Abercrombie's term.
Lost re-election.

Elizabeth P. Farrington
Republican Territory August 4, 1954 –
January 3, 1957
Honolulu Elected to finish her husband's term. (See Widow's succession).
Re-elected in 1954.
Lost re-election.
Joseph Rider Farrington, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 1915.jpg

Joseph R. Farrington
Republican Territory January 3, 1943 –
June 19, 1954
Honolulu First elected in 1942.
Re-elected in 1944.
Re-elected in 1946.
Re-elected in 1948.
Re-elected in 1950.
Re-elected in 1952.
Tulsi Gabbard, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg

Tulsi Gabbard
Democratic 2nd January 3, 2013 –
Honolulu Elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Thomas Gill.jpg

Thomas Gill
Democratic At-Large January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1965
Honolulu Elected in 1962.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.

Cecil Heftel
Democratic 1st January 3, 1977 –
July 11, 1986
Honolulu Elected in 1976.
Re-elected in 1978.
Re-elected in 1980.
Re-elected in 1982.
Re-elected in 1984.
Resigned to run for Governor of Hawaii.
Colleen Hanabusa official photo.jpg

Colleen Hanabusa
Democratic 1st January 3, 2011 –
January 3, 2015
Honolulu Elected in 2010.
Re-elected in 2012.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
November 8, 2016 –
January 3, 2019
Elected to finish Mark Takai's term.
Retired to run for Governor of Hawaii
Mazie Hirono, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg

Mazie Hirono
Democratic 2nd January 3, 2007 –
January 3, 2013
Honolulu Elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
Victor Houston.jpg

Victor S. K. Houston
Republican Territory March 4, 1927 –
March 3, 1933
Honolulu First elected in 1926.
Re-elected in 1928.
Re-elected in 1930.
Lost re-election.
Daniel Inouye Official Photo 2009.jpg

Daniel Inouye
Democratic At-Large August 21, 1959 –
January 3, 1963
Honolulu Elected in 1959.
Re-elected in 1960.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
William Paul Jarrett.jpg

William P. Jarrett
Democratic Territory March 4, 1923 –
March 3, 1927
Honolulu First elected in 1922.
Re-elected in 1924.
Lost re-election.
Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, photograph by Harris & Ewing, LC-DIG-hec-15958 (crop).jpg

Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole
Republican Territory March 4, 1903 –
January 7, 1922
Honolulu First elected in 1902.
Re-elected in 1904.
Re-elected in 1906.
Re-elected in 1908.
Re-elected in 1910.
Re-elected in 1912.
Re-elected in 1914.
Re-elected in 1916.
Re-elected in 1918.
Re-elected in 1920.
Samuel Wilder King (PP-74-9-002).jpg

Samuel Wilder King
Republican Territory January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1943
Honolulu First elected in 1934.
Re-elected in 1936.
Re-elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Spark Matsunaga.jpg

Spark Matsunaga
Democratic At-Large January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1971
Honolulu Elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964.
Re-elected in 1966.
Re-elected in 1968.
1st January 3, 1971 –
January 3, 1977
Re-elected in 1970.
Re-elected in 1972.
Re-elected in 1974.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
Lincoln Loy McCandless (vol. 2, 1921).jpg

Lincoln L. McCandless
Democratic Territory March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1935
Honolulu First elected in 1932.
Lost re-election.

Patsy Mink
Democratic At-Large January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1971
Honolulu Elected in 1964.
Re-elected in 1966.
Re-elected in 1968.
2nd January 3, 1971 –
January 3, 1977
Re-elected in 1970.
Re-elected in 1974.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
September 22, 1990 –
September 28, 2002
Elected to finish Akaka's term.
Re-elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Re-elected posthumously in 2002.
Pat Saiki.jpg

Patricia Saiki
Republican 1st January 3, 1987 –
January 3, 1991
Honolulu Elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
Retired to run for U.S. Senator.
Mark Takai, official portrait, 114th Congress.jpg

Mark Takai
Democratic 1st January 3, 2015 –
July 20, 2016
Honolulu Elected in 2014.
Robert William Wilcox, 1902.jpg

Robert W. Wilcox
Home Rule Territory December 15, 1900 –
March 3, 1903
Honolulu Hawaii becomes Territory and First elected in 1900 to finish the term ending 1901.
Also elected in 1900 to the next term.
Lost re-election.

Living former Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Hawaii

As of January 2019, there are five former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from the U.S. State of Hawaii who are currently living at this time. The most recent representative to die was Daniel Akaka (served 1977–1990), who died on April 6, 2018. The most recently serving representative to die was Mark Takai (served 2015–2016), who died in office on July 20, 2016.

Representative Term of office District Date of birth (and age)
Neil Abercrombie 1986–1987
1st (1938-06-26) June 26, 1938 (age 80)
Pat Saiki 1987–1991 1st (1930-05-28) May 28, 1930 (age 88)
Mazie Hirono 2007–2013 2nd (1947-11-03) November 3, 1947 (age 71)
Charles Djou 2010–2011 1st (1970-08-09) August 9, 1970 (age 48)
Colleen Hanabusa 2011–2015
1st (1951-05-04) May 4, 1951 (age 67)

In film

The life and election of Patsy Mink and her role as co-author of Title IX is highlighted in the documentary film Rise of the Wahine, directed by Dean Kaneshiro.[3]


  1. ^ "Directory of  Representatives". United States House of Representatives. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  2. ^ Kai-Hwa Wang, Frances (May 20, 2016). "Hawaii Congressman Mark Takai to Retire to Focus on Cancer Battle". NBC News. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
  3. ^ "Rise of the Wahine Documentary Film".
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