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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Saturday, November 6, 2004

Bunda to remain president of Senate

Associated Press

Senate Democrats yesterday announced that Robert Bunda will return as Senate president for the upcoming legislative session.

Sen. Donna Kim, D-Kalihi Valley-Halawa, will also return as vice president and Sen. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Nanakuli-Makua, will remain the majority leader.

"We look forward to working with Gov. (Linda) Lingle, her administration and our colleagues on both sides of the aisle, in both the Senate and House of Representatives, on pressing issues facing our state," said Bunda, D-Ka'ena-Wahiawa-Pupukea.

Bunda said the Democratic majority was also looking forward to building on the accomplishments of the last session, including directing more resources toward education and crystal methamphetamine treatment and prevention.

Clayton Hee, a former Windward O'ahu state representative and past chairman of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, will serve as majority floor leader, replacing Cal Kawamoto.

Meanwhile, Senate Republicans also announced their leadership.

The GOP re-elected Fred Hemmings as Senate minority leader and Bob Hogue as minority floor leader.

The GOP also elected Gordon Trimble as minority policy leader, replacing Paul Whalen.

The Legislature opens Jan. 19.