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Mazie Hirono

Personal data
Date of birthNovember 03, 1947(age 69)
Place of birthFukushima Prefecture, Japan
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseLeighton Kim Oshima
ResidenceHonolulu, Hawaii
Alma materUniversity of Hawai'i at Manoa, Georgetown University
ReligionBuddhism (non-practicing)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Hawaii's 2nd district
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 2007
Preceded byEd Case
9th Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii
In officeDecember 2, 1994 - December 2, 2002
GovernorBen Cayetano
Succeeded byJames Aiona
Preceded byBen Cayetano

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|} is the U.S. Representative for , serving since 2007. She is a member of the Democratic Party.

She was the second Asian immigrant elected lieutenant governor of a state of the United States. She ran against Linda Lingle for governor of Hawaii in 2002, one of the few gubernatorial races in United States history where two major parties nominated women to challenge each other. She considers herself a non-practicing Buddhist, and is often cited with Hank Johnson (D-Georgia), as the first Buddhist to serve in the United States Congress. She is the third woman to be elected to Congress from the state of Hawaii (after Patsy Mink and Pat Saiki). On May 19, 2011, Hirono announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat left open by Senator Daniel Akaka.

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