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Rep. Colleen Hanabusa
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Colleen Hanabusa represents Hawaii's First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a yonsei, fourth generation American of Japanese ancestry, whose grandparents were interned during World War II, she is committed to providing for the people of Hawaii while preserving the unique values and traditions that define the Aloha spirit. Before running for public office, Congresswoman Hanabusa worked as an attorney fighting for Hawaii's communities and labor rights. In 1998, she was elected to the Hawaii State Senate, and in 2006, was elected President of the Senate – becoming the first woman to lead either house of the Hawai’i state legislature and the first Asian American woman in the nation to head a state legislative body. She is currently serving her second term in Congress where she sits on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Entries by Rep. Colleen Hanabusa

America Must Examine the Merits of Further Involvement in Iraq

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 3:00 PM

The news and images coming from Iraq are disturbing. ISIL, a militant force intent on deposing the country's elected government and imposing Islamic rule, has captured the major city of Mosul, moved south across the country, and is threatening Baghdad. Along the way, reports are that it has conducted waves...

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Our Commitment to Women's Success Continues

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 3:11 PM

March marked Women's History Month to commemorate women's social, political and economic contributions. But the month's end should not mark the end of our focus on women and families, or temper our advocacy.

I appreciate that part of my own path was paved by Jeanette Rankin of Montana. In 1916...

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Hawaii Has Shown That Gun Control Works

(200) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 5:09 PM

The dark roll of gun violence in America is sadly familiar, and growing. Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Aurora, Sandy Hook. Each time, our nation stands in witness to the shock, the tears, and the makeshift memorials. Recently, Cornell Square Park and the Washington Navy Yard joined that list.

Each of...

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