Hawaii Senate Organization for 29th Legislature

The Hawai‘i State Senate today announced new positions in leadership and key standing committee chairs ahead of the 2017 legislative session.

capital“These changes we are making reflect the experience and expertise our Senators bring to this legislative body,” said Senate Majority Leader J. Kalani English.  “The new alignment within leadership and our committees will continue to make us effective as we do the work of the people.”

Leadership and members in the twelve other Senate Standing Committees will be announced when assignments are confirmed.


  • Senate President: Sen. Ronald D. Kouchi
  • Senate Vice President: Sen. Michelle N. Kidani
  • Senate Majority Leader: Sen. J. Kalani English
  • Senate Majority Caucus Leader: Sen. Brickwood Galuteria
  • Senate Majority Floor Leader: Sen. Will Espero
  • Senate Majority Whip: Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz

‘A’ Bracket Senate Committee Assignments

Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health (CPN)

  • Chair: Sen. Rosalyn Baker
  • Vice Chair: Sen. Clarence Nishihara

Judiciary and Labor (JDL)

  • Chair: Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran
  • Vice Chair: Sen. Karl Rhoads

Ways and Means (WAM)

  • Chair: Sen. Jill N. Tokuda
  • Vice Chair: Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz

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