Lieutenant Governor’s Biography
Biography: Lieutenant Governor Shan S. Tsutsui
Lieutenant Governor Shan S. Tsutsui became the 12th Lieutenant Governor of the State of Hawaii at the end of 2012. He is a member of the Committee on State Strategies on International Affairs and State Strategies on Energy for the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association, as well as Chair of the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association.
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; Farm to School Initiative to introduce students to healthier eating habits and help them become familiar with new vegetables and fruits that they and their families will then be more willing to incorporate into their own diets; Sports Development Initiative to develop a thriving sports industry at the professional, amateur and youth levels; Hawaii Presidential Center Initiative to support efforts to secure Hawaii as a site for President Barack Obama’s future library and center; 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 Lt. Governor earned a B.A. 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.
Elected to the Hawaii state Senate in 2002
Senate President from 2010 to 2012
5th Senatorial District, Maui – Kahului, Wailuku, Paia and Lower Paia
– 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
– Majority Caucus Leader, Hawaii State Senate – 2003 to 2010
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
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