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Pat Saiki

Patricia Fukuda "Pat" Saiki (born May 28, 1930) is an American politician and former school teacher from George H. W. Bush.


  • Early life 1
  • Political career 2
  • Statewide Electoral History 3
  • Title IX 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Saiki, a Japanese American, graduated from Hilo High School in 1948 and received her bachelor's degree from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in 1952. Upon graduating from college, Saiki became a teacher and later a business executive.

Political career

In 1968, Saiki joined the Hawai`i Republican Party and ran successfully for a seat in the Hawai`i State House of Representatives. In 1974, she moved to the Hawai`i State Senate where she served her district until 1982. A vacancy was created by U.S. Rep. Cecil Heftel's untimely leave from Congress, and on September 20, 1986 a special election was held. Saiki lost the special election (to Democrat Neil Abercrombie) but won a separate election (over Democrat Mufi Hannemann) sending her to Congress where she served two consecutive terms. In 1988, she beat challenger Mary Bitterman, a Democrat and former head of Voice of America.

Until the election of Charles Djou on May 22, 2010,[1] Saiki was the only Republican[1] to ever hold a House seat from the state of Hawai`i and one of only two Republican Members of Congress (the other being Senator Hiram Fong) to represent the state since it gained statehood. She is also the second woman to be elected to Congress from the state of Hawai`i (the first being Patsy Mink, with whom Saiki served with for two years).

In 1990, she lost a Governor of Hawai'i against Democratic challenger Benjamin J. Cayetano. She attributes her loss in 1994 to the third-party candidacy of maverick Mayor of Honolulu Frank F. Fasi. Saiki placed third in the race behind Fasi. Saiki subsequently chaired the Hawaii Presidential campaign of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in 2008 and the 2010 and 2012 congressional campaigns of Charles Djou.

Statewide Electoral History

Hawaii U.S. House of Representatives District 1 Election 1986
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Hawaii U.S. Senate Election 1990
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Hawaii Gubernatorial Election 1994
Party Candidate Votes % ±%

Title IX

Pat Saiki's role in the implementation of Title IX in the state of Hawaii is covered in the documentary film Rise of the Wahine, directed by Dean Kaneshiro.[2]


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External links

  • , November 10, 2002 interview.Honolulu Star-Bulletin
  • Rise of the Wahine Documentary Film, directed by Dean Kaneshiro.
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Neil Abercrombie
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Hawaii's 1st congressional district

January 3, 1987 – January 2, 1991
Succeeded by
Neil Abercrombie
Preceded by
Susan Engeleiter
Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
1991 – 1993
Succeeded by
Erskine Bowles

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