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Hawaii Senate

NameHawai i State Senate
LegislatureHawaii State Legislature
Coa PicHawaiistateseal.png
Term LimitsNone
New SessionJanuary 19, 2011
House TypeUpper House
Leader1 TypePresident of the Senate
Leader1Shan Tsutsui
Election1November 6, 2010
Leader2 TypeVice President of the Senate
Leader2Donna Mercado Kim
Election2November 6, 2010
Leader3 TypeMajority Leader
Leader3Brickwood Galuteria
Election3November 6, 2010
Leader4 TypeMinority Leader
Leader4Sam Slom
Election4November 6, 2010
Term Length4 years
AuthorityArticle III, Hawaii Constitution
Salary$48,708/year + per diem
Last Election1November 2, 2010
(15 seats)
Next Election1November 6, 2012
(10 seats)
RedistrictingHawaii Reapportionment Commission
Political Groups1Democratic Party (24)
Republican Party (1)
Meeting PlaceState Senate Chamber
Hawaii State Capitol
Honolulu, Hawaii

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The Hawai i State Senate is the upper chamber of the Hawai i State Legislature. The senate consists of twenty-five members elected from an equal number of constituent districts across the islands. The senate is led by the President of the Senate, elected from the membership of the body, currently Shan Tsutsui. The forerunner of the Hawai i State Senate during the government of the Kingdom of Hawai i was the House of Nobles originated in 1840. In 1894 the Constitution of the Republic of Hawaii renamed the upper house the present senate. Senators are elected to four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Like most state legislatures in the United States, the Hawaii State Senate is a part-time body and senators often have active careers outside of government. The lower chamber of the legislature is the Hawai i House of Representatives. The membership of the Senate also elects additional officers to include the Senate Vice President, Senate Chief Clerk, Assistant Chief Clerk, Senate Sergeant at Arms and Assistant Sergeant at Arms.

The Hawaii Senate convenes in the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu.

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