Speaker of the House Calvin Say today announced the House of Representatives leadership team for the 25th Legislature. They are:
Speaker: Calvin K.Y. Say (District 20 – St. Louis Heights, Palolo Valley, Maunalani Heights, Wilhelmina Rise, Kaimuki)
Vice Speaker: Michael Magaoay (District 46 – Kaena Point, Schofield, Mokuleia, Waialua, Haleiwa, Waimea, Pupukea, Sunset, Kahuku)
Majority Leader: Blake Oshiro (District 33 – Aiea, Halawa Valley, Halawa Heights, Aiea Heights)
Majority Floor Leader: Cindy Evans (District 7 – North Kona, South Kohala)
Majority Whip: Pono Chong (District 49 – Maunawili, Olomana, Enchanted Lake, Kaneohe)
Speaker Calvin Say remains as Speaker of the House, a position he has held since 1998. Say was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1976, and has served on virtually every committee, including as Finance Chair from 1993 – 1998. He is President of Kotake Shokai, Ltd., an import business.
Vice Speaker Michael Magaoay was first elected to the House in 2000 and most recently served as Chair of the Legislative Management Committee. He was born and raised in Waialua and grew up in sugar plantation housing. He is a Senior Project Engineer by profession.
Majority Leader Blake Oshiro was first elected to the House in 2000 and most recently served as Majority Floor Leader and Vice Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. He graduated from the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, and is an associate attorney with the law firm Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing.
Majority Floor Leader Cindy Evans was first elected to the House in 2002 and most recently served as Chair of the Public Safety and Military Affairs Committee. She has a background in state government and is active in various West Hawaii organizations.
Majority Whip Pono Chong was first elected to the House in 2004 and most recently served as Vice Speaker. He has a background in state government, international affairs, and teaching.