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Updated at 7:08 p.m., Monday, November 13, 2006

Say to stay as House speaker

Associated Press

Majority members of the state House voted today to keep Rep. Calvin Say as speaker.

The vote was unanimous among the 41 Democrats present for the vote. As a result of the Nov. 7 general election, the party breakdown of the House for the 2007 session is 43 Democrats and eight Republicans.

Minority members will get a chance to vote on House leadership on the opening day of the session when an official leadership vote of all 51 members is taken.

Say, D-St. Louis Heights-Wilhelmina Rise, said he was honored to continue in the position. He said much more work still needs to be done to improve local education, housing and healthcare, as well as make Hawai'i more energy independent and safer.

The 20-year veteran of the House was first voted speakership in 1999.

"I am committed to building a stronger Hawai'i, where all of our families can thrive and prosper. I am grateful to my colleagues for this opportunity to serve and for their support," he said.

Other organizational decisions for the House, including the top committee spots, still need to be made.