HI-02: Jill Tokuda (D)
Jill N. Tokuda served in the Hawaiʻi State Senate for 12 years, from 2006-2018, representing Kāneʻohe and Kailua on the Island of Oʻahu. During her tenure, she chaired the Ways and Means Committee, where she was responsible for balancing the state’s $14 billion budget and negotiating the final approval for fiscal measures at the Hawaiʻi Legislature. She also chaired the Labor, Education, Higher Education, and Agriculture and Hawaiian Affairs committees and served as majority whip.
She has extensive private sector experience as a small business owner of her own consulting practice. She provides strategic planning and communications, government relations, and program development support to some of Hawaiʻi’s most established foundations, nonprofit organizations, and businesses.
Over the last two years, she took the lead working with the State to track billions in pandemic relief funding to Hawaii, advocating for our fair share.
A proud graduate of James B. Castle High School, she received her bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a minor in Japanese Studies from the George Washington University. Married to Kyle Michibata, they have two sons, Matt (age 13) and Aden (age 12), who now attend the same public schools as their mom did — King Intermediate and Kāneʻohe Elementary.