9th Senatorial District
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 220
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Senator Les Ihara, Jr. is a veteran legislator who served eight years in the Hawaii House of Representatives (from 1987 to 1994) and has been serving in the Hawaii Senate since 1995. He has held leadership positions such as Senate Majority Leader, Majority Floor Leader, and Majority Policy Leader.
Senator Ihara is a leader on legislative issues involving government transparency, public integrity, campaign and election reforms, environmental and consumer protection, aging and civil rights issues, public access and engagement, and the legislative process.
Member of the following committees:
- Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health
- International Affairs and the Arts
- Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs
10th Senatorial District Map - Kaimuki, Kapahulu, Palolo, St. Louis Heights, Maunalani Heights, Moiliili, Ala Wai
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- State Senate, 1994 to present
- Senate Majority Policy Leader, 2006 to 2015
- Joint Legislative Access Committee, Co-Chair
- Joint Committee on Aging in Place, Co-Chair
- House of Representatives, 1986-1994
- House Majority Floor Leader
- House Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, Chair
- 1978 Constitutional Convention, Delegate & Vice President
- National Conference of State Legislatures, Legislative Effectiveness Committee, Co-Chair, 2011 to 2014
- Kettering Foundation, Board of Directors, since 2010
- National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation, member since 2003
- National Issues Forum Institute, Board of Directors, 2003-2005
- Kaimuki-Waialae YMCA Board of Managers
- Kaimuki Lions Club
- Kaimuki Business & Professional Association
- Palolo Community Council
- Palolo Neighborhood Board
- New Kapahulu Business Association
- Ala Wai Watershed Community Network
- Neighborhood Security Watch Association of Hawaii
- Community Work Day Program
Awards and Recognition
- Shining Light Award, Hawai‘i Alliance for Retired Americans (2008)
- Na Lima Kokua Ma Waena O Makua Award, Hawai‘i Pacific Gerontological Society (2006)
- Good Government Angel Award, Hawai‘i Pro-Democracy Initiative (2003-2004)
- Lawmaker of the Year, Small Business Hawai‘i (2003)
- Unsung Hero Award, Hawai‘i's Thousand Friends (2002)
- Civic Leadership Award, Hawai‘i Technology Trade Association (2000)
- Good Government Award, Common Cause Hawai‘i (1997 & 1993)
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