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  • Writer's pictureHawai'i House Democrats


Kaua‘i, Hawaiʻi - Two Garden Isle veteran lawmakers will serve in leadership positions for the 2023 Legislative Session, which is set to convene on January 18, 2023.

Representative Nadine K. Nakamura (D-15, Hā‘ena, Wainiha, Hanalei, Princeville, Kīlauea, Anahola, Keālia, Kāpa‘a, portion of Wailuā, Kawaihau) is the State House of Representatives Majority Leader. As Majority Leader, Representative Nakamura is the principal leader for the Majority Caucus, which is comprised of 45 Hawai‘i House Democrats.

"I'm grateful to Speaker Scott K. Saiki and my democratic colleagues for giving me the opportunity to lead the Majority Caucus. We will work hard to build more affordable housing, provide financial relief to working families, provide mental health resources, and protect our natural environment to mitigate and adapt to climate change," said Representative Nakamura.

Representative Dee Morikawa (D-17, Ni‘ihau, portion of ‘Ōma‘o, Kōloa, Po‘ipū, Lāwa‘i, Kalāheo, ‘Ele‘ele, Hanapēpē, Kaawanui Village, Pākalā Village, Waimea, Kekaha) is the House Majority Floor Leader. Representative Morikawa has served as the House Majority Floor Leader since 2018 and is responsible for conducting organization and overseeing activities on the floor.

"I have served as the Majority Floor Leader since 2018. It is a role that I am honored to be assigned to by Speaker Scott K. Saiki and I will do my very best to serve with integrity and uphold my commitment to address Hawaiʻi's important issues. Our leadership team will help guide our priority initiatives through this legislative session," said Representative Morikawa.

Additionally, the 2023 legislative session is the first time that Representative Nakamura will serve on the House Committee on Legislative Management as Chair, with Representative Morikawa alongside as Vice Chair.

Both lawmakers hold critical roles as they work together with House Leadership and House members to pass key legislative measures, while representing the voices of Kaua‘i residents.


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