Daniel Akaka

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U.S. Senator

Daniel Akaka




Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: Senate Committee on Armed Services, Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
(subcommittees and past assignments)

Candidates for the HI-Senate Class I Seat:
(Next election: 6 November 2012)

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Potential: None so far
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Daniel Kahikina Akaka, a Democrat, has represented Hawaii in the United States Senate since 1990. He is the first U.S. Senator of Native Hawaiian ancestry and is the only Chinese American member of the Senate.


Record and controversies

Congressional scorecards

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
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2008 Scorecard
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American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 0 - 0/25 not avail.
AFSCME 86 - 6/7 not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 95 - 19/20 100 - 20/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council 11 - 1/9 11 - 1/9
Information Technology Industry Council 80 - 4/5 80 - 4/5
League of Conservation Voters not avail. 100 - 11/11
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 36 - 4/11 not avail.

Iraq War

Akaka voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.

Voted yes on the Iraq Troop Reduction bill that would require the Secretary of Defense to reduce the number of troops in Iraq within 90 days. Also, the bill requires that the mission of U.S. forces in Iraq will be protecting and training U.S. and coalition personnel and infrastructure. Voted yes on Time Between Troop Reductions bill that requires that troops cannot be redeployed unless they have been off duty for at least as long as their last deployment to Iraq. The bill also encourages that troops should not be redeployed for at least twice as long as their last deployment.

For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal In 2006 Senator Akaka received a 66 percent rating from The National Council of Agricultural Employers, a group that represents farm labor issues, immigration and naturalization services, occupational safety, health administration and environmental protection.

Reparations for Japanese Latin Americans

Akaka cosponsored The Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act in the 110th Congress which would establish a commission that would determine the facts and circumstances involving the relocation, internment and deportation of Japanese Latin Americans.[1]

Main article: Redress for Japanese Latin Americans/ U.S. legislation#Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act of 2007


Daniel Akaka was born on September 11, 1924 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, including Service on Saipan and Tinian. He is currently the second senator of native Hawaiian ancestry, and the only Chinese American Senator. He earned a Bachelor of Education (1952) and Master of Education (1966) from the University of Hawaii.

He was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1976 to represent Hawaii's Second Congressional District. He won seven consecutive elections by wide margins.

Akaka was appointed to the Senate in April 1990 to serve temporarily in place of the late Senator Spark Matsunaga, and sworn into office on May 16, 1990. In November of the same year, he was elected to complete the remaining four years of Matsunaga's unexpired term. He was re-elected in 1994 for a full six-year term, and, with over 70 percent of the popular vote, again in 2000.

2006 elections

Akaka was challenged in the Democratic primary, held on September 23, 2006 by US Rep. Ed Case. Akaka won the election with around 55% of the vote. Republicans nominated Jerry Coffee to face Akaka in the November general election, but due to the latter's health problems, he dropped out of the race, and Hawaii's governor appointed state representative Cynthia Thielen to contest the seat. [1][2] Akaka retained his seat. free samples

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Hawaii superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Daniel Akaka, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Daniel Akaka
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Interest Group Ratings

Abortion Since 1993 Senator Akaka has received no lower than an 80 percent rating from pro-choice interest groups such as Naral Pro Choice America, Planned Parenthood, The National reproductive and Health Association. Since 1993 Senator Akaka has received no higher than an 8 percent rating from pro-life organizations such as The National Right to Life Committee, and Democrats for Life of America.

Agriculture In 2006 Senator Akaka received a 66 percent rating from The National Council of Agricultural Employers, a group that represents farm labor issues, immigration and naturalization services, occupational safety, health administration and environmental protection.

Animal Rights and Wildlife Issues Senator Akaka supported the interests of The Humane Society of The United States 100 percent in 2005-2006.

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Daniel Akaka. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 141 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-6361 Fax: 202-224-2126
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District offices
  • 101 Aupuni Street Hilo, HI 96720
    Ph: 808-935-1114 Fax: (none entered)
  • Prince Kuhio Federal Building 300 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 3-106 Box 50144 Honolulu, HI 96850
    Ph: 808-522-8970 Fax: (none entered)
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