Lieutenant Governor’s Biography

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Biography: Lieutenant Governor Shan S. Tsutsui

Lieutenant Governor Shan S. Tsutsui became the Lieutenant Governor of the State of Hawai‘i, through succession, at the end of 2012 and was elected to a full-term of office in November 2014. Tsutsui serves as a member of the Committee on State Strategies on International Affairs for the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association (NLGA), as well as Chair of the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association (DLGA).

His current initiatives and programs include the Resources for Enrichment, Athletics, Culture and Health (R.E.A.C.H.) initiative to support after-school programs for public middle/intermediate school students; Sports Development Initiative to develop a thriving sports industry at the professional, amateur and youth levels; Asia-Pacific Relations; Farm to School Initiative to increase the purchase and consumption of locally grown foods in public schools; and Aerospace States Commission, among others.

Tsutsui was elected in 2002 to the Hawaii State Senate, representing Central Maui. From 2010 to 2012, he was selected among his peers to serve as President of the Senate, making him the first Senator from Maui to serve as Senate President. As a freshman Senator, Tsutsui became Senate Majority Caucus Leader, a position he held until 2010. Tsutsui also served as the Vice Chair of Ways and Means (2005-2010); Vice Chair of the Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs (2007-2010); Vice Chair of the Committee on Tourism (2003-2004); and was a member of the Committees on Health, Education, Military Affairs, Housing, Human Services, and Government Operations.

He is a former small business owner and financial advisor. The Lieutenant Governor earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and is a graduate of Maui High School. He and his wife, Lyndelle, reside on Maui with their three daughters, Mikayla, Kaylee and Kenna.

•Legislative

Elected to the Hawaii state Senate in 2002

Senate President from 2010 to 2012

5th Senatorial District, Maui – Kahului, Wailuku, Paia and Lower Paia

Committees:
– Vice-Chair, Senate Committee on Ways and Means – 2005 to 2010
– Vice-Chair, Senate Committee on Intergovernmental and Military Affairs – 2007 to 2010
– Vice-Chair, Senate Committee on Tourism – 2003 to 2004
– Member, Senate Committee on Ways and Means – 2003 to 2010
– Member, Senate Committee on Tourism and Government Operations – 2003 to 2010
– Member, Senate Committee on Health – 2003 to 2006
– Member, Senate Committee on Education and Military Affairs – 2005 to 2006
– Member, Senate Committee on Education and Housing – 2003 to 2004
– Member, Senate Committee on Human Services – 2003 to 2004

Leadership:
– Majority Caucus Leader, Hawaii State Senate – 2003 to 2010

• Education

Maui High School- 1989

University of Hawaii at Manoa –Bachelor of Arts, Economics

• Past Professional Experience

Business Consultant, Atlas Insurance Agency, Inc.

Director of Marketing, Hawaii Investment Securities, LLC, a subsidiary of Wachovia Securities Financial Network

Owner/Operator, Keiki Time

Financial Advisor, UBS Paine Webber

Financial Advisor, Prudential Securities

Financial Advisor, Manulife Financial

• Personal

Born August 9th, 1971

Married to the former Lyndelle Lee. Together they have three daughters, Mikayla, Kaylee and Kenna

• Past Community Affiliations

Member, Board of Directors, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO)

Member, Maui Young Business Round Table

Director, Maui Mall Merchants Association

Youth Tennis Coach, Wailuku Junior Tennis Club

Coach, Maui High School Boys and Girls Tennis Teams

Coach, Maui High School Boys Tennis Team