A state senator who rose to become Hawaii's first female president of the Senate, Colleen Hanabusa has been a champion for environmental conservation, creating clean energy jobs, and fighting global warming. As a fourth generation Hawaiian of Japanese descent, Hanabusa has seen first-hand both the impacts of global warming and the opportunities to create clean energy jobs in her state. She has pledged to support comprehensive clean energy and global warming legislation as well as a 25% renewable electricity standard by 2025.
To win her seat, Hanabusa defeated incumbent Congressman Charles Djou, a Republican who won a special election in May 2010 to replace long-time Democratic Representative Neil Abercrombie, who left to run for governor after nearly twenty years in Congress and earned an 83% LCV lifetime score.
In her own words:
"Hawai'i has the highest dependency on imported petroleum but also possesses the most diverse array of alternative energy resources in the nation. We have access to solar, wind, wave, geothermal, and other sustainable assets to fuel our economic future. The task at hand is to harness our renewable resources and put them to good use."