Les Ihara

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Democratic Hawaii

State Senate (Hawaii 9)

Family: Wife: Catherine Cooke

Born: 04/19/1951 Honolulu, HI

Home: Honolulu, Hawaii

Education: BA, Liberal Studies, University of Hawaii, 1975 Attended, Mid-Pacific Institute

Profession: Executive Director, Community Work Day Program Incorporated, 1983-1986 Communications Director, State Litter Control Office, 1979-1983 Coordinator, Windward Environmental Resource Center, 1973-1976

Political: Majority Policy Leader, Hawaii State Senate, present Senator, Hawaii State Senate, 1994-present Majority Leader, Hawaii State Senate, 1997-2000 Majority Floor Leader, Hawaii State Senate, 1995-1996 Majority Floor Leader, Hawaii State House of Representatives, 1993-1994 Representative, Hawaii State House of Representatives, 1986-1994 Chair, Oahu Democratic Party, 1982-1984, 1990-1994 Delegate and Vice President, State Constitutional Convention, 1978

Congressional Membership: Chair, Relations and International Affairs Committee, 1991-1992 Delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1984 Project Advisory Committee, Ala Wai Canal Watershed Improvement Diamond Head Advisory Committee Member, Hawaii Pro-Democracy Initiative Member, Legislative Effective and State Government Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures

Organization Membership: Director, Kettering Foundation, 2010-2013 Member, League of Women Voters of Hawaii, 1998-present Member, Waikiki Residents Association, 1995-present Board of Directors, Kaimuki-Waialae Young Men's Christian Association, 1987-present Kapahulu Business Association, 1987-present Member, Kaimuki Business and Professional Association, 1987-present Member, Kaimuki Lions Club, 1987-present Vice Chair, Legislative Effectiveness Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures, 2006-2008 Director/Secretary, Honolulu Community Media Council, 2004-2006 Member, National Issues Forum Institute, 2002-2006 Founder, Citizen Voice, 2004 Founder, Hawaii Pro-Democracy Initiative, 2002 Member, Waikiki Managers Against Crime, 1997 Founder, Ala Wai Watershed Association 1997 Founder, Kaimuki/Kaoahulu Neighborhood Security Watch Program, 1991 Founder, Statewide Network of Public School Parents, 1990 Member, New Kapahulu Business Association, 1988 Member, Kapahulu Jaycees, 1987-1990 Co-Founder, Friends for Diamond Head, 1985 President's Council, Common Cause Hawaii Member, Kaimuki/Kapahulu Community Network Member, Kapahulu Chiho Jinkai Member, National Network of State Legislators on Deliberative Policy Making


Commerce and Consumer Protection

Energy and Environment

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