Mazie Hirono

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Mazie Hirono
広野 慶子
United States Senator
from Hawaii
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Serving with Brian Schatz
Preceded by Daniel Akaka
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Hawaii's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Ed Case
Succeeded by Tulsi Gabbard
Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii
In office
December 2, 1994 – December 2, 2002
Governor Ben Cayetano
Preceded by Ben Cayetano
Succeeded by James Aiona
Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives
from the 22nd district
In office
January 3, 1993 – December 2, 1994
Preceded by Gene Ward
Succeeded by Terry Nui Yoshinaga
Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives
from the 32nd district
In office
January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Clarice Hashimoto
Succeeded by Len Pepper
Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives
from the 20th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1985
Preceded by Mitsuo Shito
Daniel Kihano
Succeeded by Campbell Cavasso
Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives
from the 12th district
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1983
Preceded by Clifford Uwaine
David Hagino
Succeeded by Barbara Marumoto
Personal details
Born Mazie Keiko Hirono
November 3, 1947 (1947-11-03) (age 66)
Fukushima, Japan
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Leighton Kim Oshima
Alma mater University of Hawaii, Manoa
Georgetown University
Religion Buddhism

Mazie Keiko Hirono (born November 3, 1947) is an American politician. She is best known as the first Asian-American woman elected to the US Senate.[1]

Early life[change | edit source]

Hirono was born in Fukushima, Japan. At the age of 8, she emigrated to Hawaii with her mother. She became a US citizen in 1959.[1] She considers herself among the Issei who are immigrants born in Japan.[2]

Career[change | edit source]

Hirono was elected three times to the US House of Representatives. She was a member of Congress for Hawaii's 2nd Congressional district before she was elected to the US Senate in 2012.[1]

References[change | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Hirono Becomes First U.S. Senator Born in Japan," Wall Street Journal, 6 November 2012; retrieved 2012-11-25.
  2. Hirono, Mazie. "Commemorating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month," Congressional Record, May 14, 2009; retrieved 2012-11-25.