The Hawaii Psychological Association announced earlier this year that State Representative John Mizuno has been named as the organization's 2009 Legislator of the Year. Mizuno was honored for his commitment to providing better healthcare and human services to the people of Hawaii.
In addition to sponsoring legislation to ensure healthcare for all children in Hawaii, Mizuno authored bills to provide improved healthcare for the elderly and disabled, programs to stop domestic violence, and passed a Statewide Youth Suicide Prevention bill which is now law.
Mizuno helped to shepherd SB190 through the legislature, to allow a married couple of 63 years to reunite in a community care foster home and rallied behind measures to expand Hawaii's workforce and provide greater assistance to the needy.
He was also a strong advocate in supporting tougher laws against violent crimes and led "silent marches" at the Capitol to bring awareness to the victims of domestic violence and murder. Mizuno was the lead advocate to protect preschools and case management agencies from closures, and worked to save the lives of Pacific Islanders in need of dialysis and chemotherapy treatments.
This is the second year Representative Mizuno has been recognized as the association's "Legislator of the Year." In 2007, his first year in office, he became the only freshman legislator to be recognized for the award. Rep. Mizuno is the Chairman for the Committee on Human Services. He is also the Co-Chair of the Legislature's Keiki and Kupuna Caucus, a member of the National Conference for State Legislature's Human Services Committee and a graduate of the Western Legislative Academy.