Colleen Hanabusa got involved in public service to fight for low-income communities like the ones on Oahu's Leeward Coast, where she grew up.
In November 1998, Colleen first ran for office, and was elected to the state senate. From the beginning, people saw Colleen's leadership potential. In 2006, after years of delivering results, Colleen was elected President of the Senate, becoming the first woman to lead either house of the Hawai'i state legislature.
In November 2010, the people of Hawai'i's first congressional district elected Colleen Hanabusa to represent them in the U.S. House. From day one, Colleen has stood up for Hawai'i, holding national leaders accountable and supporting fair, common-sense legislation. Though a freshman lawmaker, she's already making an impact in Washington.
Colleen fought to prevent the Republican government shutdown and defeat Paul Ryan's plan to end Medicare and Medicaid as we know it. She cosponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act to try and end the shame of women earning 77 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. When the Republicans put the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (located in Oahu) on the chopping block, Colleen made a stand, gave her full-throated support for the Center before the Budget Committee, and helped save it from the chopping block. And when it came time to ensure that Hawai'i's special military role was secured, Colleen Hanabusa worked to deliver more than $500 million for vital military construction projects in Hawai'i.
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