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Senator Mazie Hirono

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“For hundreds of years, Native Hawaiians relied upon the Pacific Ocean to develop a sustainable way of life. Unfortunately, Hawaii has strayed from this wise use of our ocean resources, and we have become too dependent on other countries and the mainland for our food and our energy. Like Ocean Champions, I am committed to a more sustainable and secure Hawaii future that supports our local fishing industry and wisely invests in home-grown energy sources including ocean energy, biofuels and wind. I welcome the endorsement of an esteemed group like Ocean Champions, which clearly understands the importance of sustainable ocean ecosystems that promote the well-being of the people of Hawaii and reduce our dependence on foreign countries.”


Leadership: Mazie Hirono has been committed to protecting the environment as the Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd district, and now as a state senator. As a representative, she cosponsored legislation to prevent expanded offshore drilling, clean up ocean garbage, and protect coral reefs. She has supported implementation of the National Ocean Policy and cosponsored its legislative precursor, Oceans-21, because she knows that improved ocean governance is needed to protect, maintain, and restore marine resources for the future. From both the House and the Senate, Hirono has made preservation a priority, sponsoring Coastal Preservation Acts for North Maui in 2012 (H.R. 3907) and Ka’u (S. 1432) in 2013. She has supported the West Coast Protection Act (H.R. 612) and, most recently, sponsored the Coral Reef Sustainability Through Innovation Act (S. 2705). Senator Hirono has also shown great promise in ocean legislation, cosponsoring sustainable fisheries acts such as the International Fisheries Stewardship and Enforcement Act (S. 269) and the Pirate Fishing Elimination Act (S. 267).

Senator Hirono sponsored:

  • S. 2705 (Coral Reef Sustainability Through Innovation Act of 2016)
  • S. 1277 (Federal Energy Savings Enhancement Act of 2015)
  • S. 1207 (Next Generation Electric Systems Act of 2015)
  • S. 1432 (Ka’u Coast Preservation Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 288 (Renewable Energy Applied Partnerships (REAP) ACT of 2011)
  • H.R. 3907 (North Maui Coastal Preservation Act of 2012)
  • H.AMDT.469 to H.R.2112 ($3 million for preventive measures under the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act and the Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act of 2011)

Senator Hirono cosponsored:

  • S. 785 (FRAC Act of 2015: A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to repeal a certain exemption for hydraulic fracturing, and for other purposes)
  • S. 890 (Land and Water Conservation Authorization and Funding Act of 2015)
  • S. 1243 (Grid Modernization Act of 2015)
  • S. 1264 (Renewable Electricity Standard Act)
  • S. 1554 (Focused Reduction of Effluence and Stormwater runoff through Hydrofracking Environmental Regulation Act of 2015)
  • S. 2089 (American Energy Innovation Act)
  • S. 2341 (A bill to designate a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness)
  • S. 267 (Pirate Fishing Elimination Act of 2013)
  • S. 839 (Coral Reef Conservation Amendments Act of 2013)
  • S. 269 (International Fisheries Stewardship and Enforcement Act of 2013)
  • S. 1254 (Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2014)
  • H.R. 5864 (Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act of 2012)
  • H.R. 2111 (Salmon Solutions and Planning Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 612 (West Coast Ocean Protection Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 738 (Coral Reef Conservation Act Reauthorization and Enhancement Amendments of 2011)
  • H.R. 192: (Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries Boundary Modification and Protection Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 501 (Implementing the Recommendations of the BP Oil Spill Commission Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 502 (Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 572 (Clean Ports Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 601 (End Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 1171 (Marine Debris Act Reauthorization Amendments of 2011)
  • H.R. 81 (Shark Conservation Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 2055 (Pacific Salmon Stronghold Conservation Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 21 (Ocean Conservation, Education, and National Strategy for the 21st Century Act of 2009)