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The Honorable Patricia Saiki, Ist Congressional District, Hawaii
The Honorable Patricia Saiki, Ist Congressional District, Hawaii
"Upon her election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1986, Patricia Saiki brought with her extensive experience in the Republican Party organization of Hawaii and in the state legislature. After working as a junior and senior high school teacher, she entered politics as a delegate to the state Constitutional Convention in 1968 and also was elected to the Hawaii House of Representatives that year. She served in that body until 1974 and was a member of the state senate from 1974 to 1983. Saiki was the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in 1982 and from 1983 to 1985 served as chair of the Republican Party of Hawaii...
In her two terms as a House Member, Saiki served on the Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs, the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, and the Select Committee on Aging. She was a co-sponsor of the bill to provide compensation for Japanese-Americans interned during the Second World War and she helped secure authorization for the inclusion of new land in the Kiluea National Wildlife Refuge. In September 1990, Saiki won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate but was unsuccessful in her election. After leaving Congress, Saiki served as Administrator of the Small Business Administration under President George Bush from in 1991-1993. In 1994, she was the Republican nominee for Governor of the State of Hawaii, but lost the general election. She is a resident of Honolulu."
Harvard University's National Selection Committee website,
Courtesy of Patricia Saiki