Biography: Lieutenant Governor Doug Chin
Lieutenant Governor Doug Chin became the Lieutenant Governor of the State of Hawai‘i, through succession, after the resignation of Shan Tsutsui in January 2018. The son of Chinese immigrants, Doug Chin graduated from Stanford University and received his law degree from the University of Hawai‘i. Chin joined the Honolulu prosecutor’s office in 1996, where he tried approximately fifty jury cases to verdict. Chin’s most notable cases resulting in convictions as charged included a brutal rape-murder committed by the victim’s neighbor and a serial rapist of Honolulu prostitutes. He was recognized with a “Top Gun” award for winning the most trials in a calendar year out of 100 Honolulu prosecutors. In 2006, Chin was appointed first deputy prosecutor and later its acting city prosecutor in 2010.
Hawai‘i Governor David Y. Ige appointed Chin to become the State’s Attorney General in January 2015. He was unanimously confirmed by the State Senate on March 15, 2015. As Attorney General, Chin prosecuted high-profile public corruption cases, he negotiated an environmentally friendly and generous settlement with one of the nation’s largest shipping companies after a 2013 incident dumped a quarter million gallons of molasses into Honolulu Harbor, and closed the state’s largest conservation easement land deal in the state on Oahu’s world-famous North Shore. Chin served as Chair of the Conference of Western Attorneys General, which included 15 western U.S. states and 3 Pacific territories. He also served on the executive board of the National Association of Attorneys General and as their representative to the American Bar Association House of Delegates.
From 2010 to 2013, under Honolulu mayor Peter B. Carlisle, Chin served as managing director for the City and County of Honolulu, serving a population of over 950,000 residents on the island of Oahu. Chin was directly responsible for 23 municipal government and public safety agencies and approximately 10,000 employees with an annual operating budget of $2 billion. In 2011, Chin oversaw city operations when Honolulu became the first U.S. city to host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit since 1992, an event attended by the leaders from 22 economies, including the United States, China, Russia and Japan. Chin also negotiated tough matters ranging from public employee contracts to energy sustainability initiatives.
In private practice, Chin was a law partner and eventual managing partner at Carlsmith Ball, one of the oldest and largest law firms in the State of Hawai‘i. His areas of practice included renewable energy and clean technology projects, land use and development projects and commercial litigation.
Outside of work, Chin has served on the board of the local YMCA and American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). He was awarded Honolulu AYSO’s “Volunteer of the Year” Award for two consecutive years. Chin has also been a board member for the American Judicature Society since 2007, during which he has served on several task forces related to courts systems and justice.
Lieutenant Governor Chin lives with his wife, Kathleen, and his son, Ian, in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. His daughter, Fiona, is a college student in Philadelphia. He has two dogs, Aristotle and River, and a perfect sense of pitch.