Mazie Hirono

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Mazie Hirono
広野 慶子
Mazie Hirono, official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
United States Senator
from Hawaii
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Serving with Brian Schatz
Preceded byDaniel Akaka
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Hawaii's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byEd Case
Succeeded byTulsi Gabbard
Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii
In office
December 2, 1994 – December 2, 2002
GovernorBen Cayetano
Preceded byBen Cayetano
Succeeded byJames Aiona
Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives
from the 22nd district
In office
January 3, 1993 – December 2, 1994
Preceded byGene Ward
Succeeded byTerry Nui Yoshinaga
Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives
from the 32nd district
In office
January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byClarice Hashimoto
Succeeded byLen Pepper
Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives
from the 20th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1985
Preceded byMitsuo Shito
Daniel Kihano
Succeeded byCampbell Cavasso
Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives
from the 12th district
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1983
Preceded byClifford Uwaine
David Hagino
Succeeded byBarbara Marumoto
Personal details
BornMazie Keiko Hirono
(1947-11-03) November 3, 1947 (age 71)
Fukushima, Japan
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Leighton Kim Oshima
Alma materUniversity of Hawaii, Manoa
Georgetown University
ReligionBuddhism

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 | change 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 | change 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]

Personal life[change | change source]

In May 2017, Hirono was diagnosed with kidney cancer.[3]

References[change | change 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.
  3. Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono diagnosed with kidney cancer