January 03, 2013

SENATOR MAZIE K. HIRONO’S FIGHT FOR THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII BEGINS ON DAY 1

Hirono Sworn In As A Hawaii United States Senator

Washington, DC - Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement after being sworn in as Hawaii’s United States Senator:

“Today is about the people of Hawaii, and I am honored to serve as a strong voice for our state in the United States Senate. Now more than ever, we need leaders in Washington who are focused on helping the people of our state and country.

“It has been a privilege to serve with Senators Inouye and Akaka, and I look forward to building on the strong foundations they have laid. I will continue to work closely with Hawaii's delegation to ensure that the state’s interests are represented on the national level.

“The people of Hawaii have put their faith and trust in me, and I will not let them down.”

Senator Hirono was sworn into the United States Senate today after being elected to the body by a 25 point margin in November. She becomes the first immigrant woman and first Asian-American woman to be elected to the chamber. Born in Japan, Hirono immigrated with her mother and older brother to Hawaii under difficult circumstances. After graduating from law school, Hirono served the state as a deputy state attorney general, a member of the state legislature, Lieutenant Governor and Member of Congress.