Daniel Akaka

Daniel Akaka DEMDemocrat

American politician (1924-2018)

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Daniel AkakaDEMDemocrat American politician (1924-2018)
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Age at Death1924-2018
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Years of Experience
HIResidence (state)

Daniel Kahikina Akaka (September 11, 1924 – April 6, 2018) was an American educator and politician who served as a United States Senator from Hawaii from 1990 to 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, Akaka was the first U.S. Senator of Native Hawaiian ancestry.Born in Honolulu, he served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. He attended the University of Hawaii, where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees. Originally a high school teacher, Akaka went on to serve as a principal for six years. In 1969, the Department of Education hired him as a chief program planner. In the 1970s, he served in various governmental positions. Akaka was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1976 to represent Hawaii's 2nd congressional district; he served for 13 years. In 1990, he was appointed to the U.S. Senate to succeed the deceased Spark Matsunaga, subsequently winning the special election to complete Matsunaga's term. He would later be reelected to three full terms. In March 2011, he announced he would not run for reelection in 2012.After fellow U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye died on December 17, 2012, Akaka became the state's senior senator for 2 weeks until he left office on January 3, 2013. He was succeeded by fellow Democrat Mazie Hirono.

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Campaign Funding

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$961
Total Raised
$16,110
Total Spent
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Cash on Hand
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education5 - 5 of 3
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
University of Hawaiʻi
Bachelor of Engineering
1966
Kamehameha Schools
1942
Past Positions1 - 14 of 14
Senator
United States Senate
1990 - 2012
Experience
United States Senate
1990
Representative
United States House of Representatives
1976 - 1990
Director
State of Hawaii, Progressive Neighborhoods Program
1975 - 1976
Special Assistant
Human Resources, Office of the Governor
1975 - 1976
Director
State of Hawaii, Office of Economic Opportunity
1971 - 1974
Chief Program Planner
State of Hawaii, Department of Education
1969 - 1971
Principal
1963 - 1968
Vice Principal
1960 - 1963
Teacher
1953 - 1960
First Mate
Schooner Morning Star
1948
United States Army Corps of Engineers
1945 - 1947
Welder-Mechanic
United States Army Corps of Engineers
1943 - 1944
Welder
Hawaiian Electric Company
1942
Other Experience1 - 28 of 28
Choir Director
Kawaiaha`o Church
Member
Na Hookama O Pauahi Scholarship Committee
Member
Library Advisory Council
Member
Manpower and Full Employment Commission
Member
Board of Directors, Hanahauoli School
Member
Act 4 Education
Chair
Hawaii Congressional Task Force on Native Hawaiian Issues Policy Committee
Co-Chair
Senate Sweetener Caucus
Member
Senate Tourism Caucus
Member
Senate Sweetener Caucus
Member
Senate Rural Health Caucus
Member
Senate Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus
Member
Senate Cultural Caucus
Member
Senate Caucus on Natural Hazards
Member
Senate Army Caucus, Co-Chair
Member
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education) Caucus
Member
National Guard Caucus
Member
Congressional Technology Caucus
Member
Congressional Port Security Caucus
Member
Congressional Friends of Human Rights Monitors
Member
Congressional Fire Services Caucus
Member
Congressional Coalition on Adoption
Member
Congressional Biotechnology Caucus
Member
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
Member
Afterschool Caucus
Member
Senate Anti-Meth Caucus
Member
Senate Tourism Caucus
Vice Chair
Congressional Postal Caucus