HIRONO STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF JEAN SADAKO KING

Honolulu, HI – Senator Mazie K. Hirono today released the following statement on the passing of former Hawaii Lieutenant Governor, Jean Sadako King.

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Jean King, a trailblazer in the history of Hawaii politics. As the first female elected to the office of Lieutenant Governor, Jean helped pave the way for women, such as myself.  Jean was a respected voice who advocated for affordable housing, the environment and open government.

“Jean held very progressive views and she remained active in Democratic politics well past her years in elected office. We would spend time together at precinct meetings and state Democratic conventions where she continued to express her strong views and concerns on the issues of the day.

“I join the people of Hawaii in mourning the passing of this respected leader. Our thoughts and prayers are with the King family during this time of loss.”