Mazie Hirono comes to the U.S. Senate having earned a lifetime score of 96% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. Since 2007, Hirono has represented Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional district in the U.S. House, having previously served as Lieutenant Governor and in the Hawaii House of Representatives. Hirono is Hawaii’s first female U.S. Senator and was the first immigrant woman of Asian ancestry to serve as a member of the U.S. Congress.
During her three terms in the U.S. House, Hirono has fought to make our country more energy secure and to combat high energy and oil prices that adversely affect Hawaii residents. In 2009, she voted for comprehensive clean energy and climate change legislation, the landmark American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. She has co-sponsored many bills to protect public health, ensure Hawaii’s air and water are clean, hold BP accountable for the worst environmental disaster in our nation’s history, and invest in education and job training in the renewable energy sector.
Hirono defeated former Governor Linda Lingle to take the seat held by retiring Senator Daniel Akaka, who received a lifetime score of 70% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard through 2011.
In her own words:
"In the U.S. Senate, I'm determined to continue reordering America's energy priorities -- moving us from an economy where fossil fuel exploration makes only a few people wealthy, to an economy based on renewable energy innovation that creates jobs for thousands of people here in Hawaii and protects our air and water for generations to come."
Source: Mazie Hirono Campaign Website