Daniel Kahikina Akaka
United States Senator
Senator Akaka of Hawaii, a Democrat, has served in the United
States Senate since 1990. Appointed to the Senate in April 1990
and sworn into office on May 16, 1990, Senator Akaka handily won
a spirited special election in November 1990 to complete the
unexpired four-year term of the late Senator Spark M. Matsunaga.
Elected to a six-year term in 1994, he was reelected in November
2000 with over 70 percent of the popular vote. Senator Akaka
serves on the Armed Services, Energy and Natural Resources,
Governmental Affairs (GAC), Veterans' Affairs, and Indian Affairs
committees. He is also a member of the Select Committee on
On the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Akaka is a
leader in renewable energy research and development; park and
wildlife issues, tropical agriculture and coral reef
conservation, ocean sciences and technology, aquaculture
research, and marine protection and environmental preservation.
Senator Akaka is Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on National
In his assignment on the Armed Services Committee, and as Ranking
Member of the Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee,
Senator Akaka aims to continue Hawaii's excellent relationship
with the military, and works with the Defense Department to meet
our nation's security interests in the Pacific and around the
world. Senator Akaka is an advocate for veterans, working to
improve services and increase employment and housing
opportunities for the men and women who have served in our
nation's Armed Services. Senator Akaka seeks an efficient and
responsive Federal Government for American taxpayers, and is a
recognized leader in providing parity and equity to Federal
employees, postal workers, and annuitants.
As Ranking Member of the GAC Subcommittee on Financial
Management, the Budget, and International Security, he has taken
a leading role in a number of critical national security and
homeland security areas and is a champion for the interests of
Federal employees and retirees. He has worked to ensure
deployment of an effective and financially efficient national
missile defense program, guarding against potential missile
attacks by rogue states, and promoted efforts to improve controls
of sensitive dual-use exports and safeguard critical information
at our most sensitive nuclear weapons laboratories. He has
promoted ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban
Treaty (CTBT) and worked to prevent the proliferation of nuclear
weapons technology. In addition, he has worked with the
Administration to improve controls on small arms exports to
discourage the use of weapons for criminal activities.
Senator Akaka is a leader in the Senate on issues dealing with
the Freely Associated States (FAS) and Pacific U.S. Territories.
He has worked closely with the national governments, state
governments, and federal agencies to address issues of concern to
the Pacific islands and FAS. He has closely monitored the safety
and security of shipments of radioactive mixed plutonium-uranium
oxide (MOX) fuel from Europe to Japan for nuclear power purposes.
He has directed the General Accounting Office to investigate
immigration procedures in the Commonwealth of the Northern
Mariana Islands and worked with the U.S. Department of State to
discourage global human trafficking for sexual purposes.
Senator Akaka is a powerful champion of the rights of indigenous
peoples. He brings the unique perspective of Hawaii's history and
multicultural society to bear in his efforts to promote dialogue
and reconciliation between Native Hawaiians and the Federal
Government, and heighten awareness of the rights and
circumstances of indigenous peoples in the United States and
worldwide. He is chairman of the Hawaii Congressional Task Force
on Native Hawaiian Issues that is working to address longstanding
issues concerning the relationship between Native Hawaiians and
the United States.
Senator Akaka is a leading advocate for economic and financial
literacy, having authored the Excellence in Economic Education
Act in the No Child Left Behind Act for students in grades K-12.
He is working to expand efforts in this area to reach as many
constituencies as possible, including college students, military
families, low-income families, senior citizens, and immigrants.
Senator Akaka was first elected to Congress in 1976 to represent
Hawaii's Second Congressional District. He won seven consecutive
elections by wide margins. He is the first U.S. Senator of Native
Hawaiian ancestry and is the only Chinese American member of the