Secretary of State of Hawaii

Lt. Governor of State of Hawaii
Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii
Shan Tsutsui

since December 27, 2012
Term length Four years, renewable once
Inaugural holder James Kealoha
Formation 1959
Website Office of the Governor
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The Lieutenant Governor of Hawaiʻi, concurrently the Secretary of State of Hawaiʻi, is the assistant chief executive of that U.S. state and its various agencies and departments, as provided in the Hawaiʻi State Constitution Article V, Sections 2 though 6. He or she is elected by popular suffrage of residents of the state on the same ticket as the Governor of Hawaiʻi. The lieutenant governor becomes acting governor upon the absence of the governor from the state, or if the governor becomes disabled from duty. Historically, lieutenant governors were members of either the Hawaiʻi Democratic Party or Hawaiʻi Republican Party.


The Lieutenant Governor of Hawaiʻi is limited to two four-year terms. Inauguration takes place on the first Monday in December following a gubernatorial election. A single term ends at noon four years later. He or she must be thirty years old and be a resident of Hawaiʻi for five consecutive years previous to election. Unlike other states, the office of Lieutenant Governor of Hawaiʻi is a full-time position and requires that he or she be barred from other professions or paid positions during the term.

Lieutenant Governors

# Name Took Office Left Office Party Governor(s) Served With
1 James Kealoha August 21, 1959 December 2, 1962 Republican William F. Quinn
2 William S. Richardson December 2, 1962 December 2, 1966 Democratic John A. Burns
3 Thomas Gill December 2, 1966 December 2, 1970 Democratic
4 George Ariyoshi December 2, 1970 December 2, 1974 Democratic
5 Nelson Doi December 2, 1974 December 2, 1978 Democratic George Ariyoshi
6 Jean King 1978 1982 Democratic
7 John D. Waihee III December 2, 1982 December 2, 1986 Democratic
8 Benjamin J. Cayetano December 2, 1986 December 2, 1994 Democratic John Waihee
9 Mazie Hirono December 2, 1994 December 2, 2002 Democratic Benjamin J. Cayetano
10 James Aiona December 4, 2002 December 6, 2010 Republican Linda Lingle
11 Brian Schatz December 6, 2010 December 26, 2012 Democratic Neil Abercrombie
12 Shan Tsutsui December 27, 2012 Democratic

Living former lieutenant governors

As of October 2013, there are eight living former lieutenant governors. The most recent death of a former lieutenant governor was that of William S. Richardson (1962-1966), who died on June 21, 2010.

Lieutenant Governor Term of office Date of birth
George Ariyoshi 1970-1974 (1926-03-12) March 12, 1926 (age 88)
Nelson Doi 1974-1978 (1922-01-01) January 1, 1922 (age 92)
Jean King 1978-1982 (1925-12-06) December 6, 1925 (age 88)
John D. Waihee III 1982-1986 (1946-05-19) May 19, 1946 (age 68)
Benjamin J. Cayetano 1986-1994 (1939-11-04) November 4, 1939 (age 74)
Mazie Hirono 1994-2002 (1947-11-03) November 3, 1947 (age 66)
James Aiona 2002-2010 (1955-06-08) June 8, 1955 (age 59)
Brian Schatz 2010-2012 (1972-10-20) October 20, 1972 (age 41)



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