Biography: Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, M.D.
Josh Green is a local physician, husband, and father of two who has dedicated his life to caring for Hawaii families.
Dr. Green was born in Kingston, New York, and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and completed his medical training at Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pittsburgh. Upon finishing his residency, Dr. Green joined the National Health Service Corps and was stationed in Hawaii in 2000. He began his life’s work as a family and emergency room physician in rural hospitals and clinics on Hawaii island (Big Island).
Serving, at times as the only physician, in rural districts of Hawaii island, acquainted Dr. Green with Hawaii’s rich culture and people. Additionally, he witnessed firsthand the lack of healthcare resources in those areas, which he shares was his inspiration to begin his local political career and bring a voice to underserved communities.
In 2004, Dr. Green was elected to the Hawaii State House of Representatives and served until 2008. Following his time as a state representative, Dr. Green served in the Hawaii State Senate from 2008 to 2018.
As a state senator, Dr. Green served as majority floor leader and chaired the Health Committee and Human Services Committee. Among many causes, he is especially proud of their work to pass “Luke’s Law,” which provides care for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and “Tobacco and E-cigarette Regulations,” which increased the legal age of sale to 21 for tobacco and e-cigarette products.
Dr. Green was named “Hawaii Physician of the Year” in 2009 and “Hawaii Legislator of the Year” in 2013.
Currently Dr. Green serves as Hawaii’s 14th lieutenant governor and was elected in 2018. Priorities of his office include: Homelessness crisis, healthcare disparities and statewide medical staff shortage and lack of affordable housing. With the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020, Dr. Green was named as the state’s COVID-19 liaison and has been a leader in helping curb the spread of coronavirus in Hawaii.
Dr. Green married his wife Jaime Kanani Ushiroda, from Kaneohe, in 2006. They are the proud parents of daughter Maia, 14, and son Sam, 10. They enjoy playing board games together and frequenting Honolulu’s many farmers markets in their free time. Dr. Green remains an avid fan of his hometown football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. He continues to serve as an emergency room physician twice monthly on weekends on Hawaii island.
Dr. Green is inspired by the hopes, challenges, and values of the families he cares for. They encourage him to do his part for the people of Hawaii, and he is honored to serve as their lieutenant governor.