HONOLULU (KHON2) — Gov. David Ige has appointed Rep. Lynn DeCoite to fill the Senate District 7 seat, which represents Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i and Kaho‘olawe.
She becomes one of ten women currently serving in the Hawaii State Senate.
DeCoite was among three candidates that the Maui County Democratic Party’s Senate District 7 selection body sent to the governor.
“I am honored and taken aback by today’s appointment by Gov. Ige. I wanted to thank you for trusting in me the senate position, Senate District 7,” DeCoite said.
“I am extremely pleased to extend a warm welcome to Senator DeCoite as our chamber’s newest member,” said Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi (District 8 – Kauaʻi and Niʻihau). “She’s an experienced legislator who knows this district and I am confident that she will be a valuable addition to this body.”
The seat was held by former Senate Majority Leader J. Kalani English who announced his retirement in April after 25 years of service. During the news conference, he recommended DeCoite to take his place.
DeCoite has represented House District 13 in the Hawaii State Legislature since 2015. The search now begins to fill her seat. The Democratic Party has 30 days to generate a list of three candidates to give to the governor. Ige will then have 60 days to make the appointment.