Jill Tokuda is a Honolulu native, small business owner, and former Hawai’i state senator who is committed to fighting for climate action and environmental justice.
Tokuda served in the Hawaiʻi Senate for 12 years, from 2006 to 2018, representing Kāneʻohe and Kailua on the Island of Oʻahu. In the legislature, she voted for 100% renewable energy by 2045, to increase taxes on petroleum to fund efforts for transitioning to clean energy and addressing climate change, and to acquire land around Turtle Bay for conservation. She also chaired the Ways and Means Committee and the Labor, Education, Higher Education, and Agriculture and Hawaiian Affairs committees, and served as majority whip. She is the former co-director of CyberHawaii, an affiliate of CyberUSA, external affairs director for the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, board member of the Hawaiʻi Data Collaborative, and advisory board member of the Hawaiʻi Budget and Policy Center.
As a representative, Tokuda will work to make Hawai’i a leader in clean energy, investing in resilience and natural climate solutions, and supporting President Biden’s Justice40 initiatives.
Tokuda joins the U.S. House to fill the seat of Representative Kai Kahele, who vacated his seat to unsuccessfully run for governor of Hawai’i and earned a 100% score in 2021 on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.
In her own words:
“Over the past decade, Hawaiʻi has emerged as a global leader in addressing the impact of climate change and advancing efforts to increase renewable energy production in our islands. I look forward to working as a member of Congress to seek meaningful solutions to preserve our environment for future generations.”
– LCVAF Press Release