HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Governor Neil Abercrombie has named House Majority Leader Blake Oshiro as his new Deputy Chief of Staff.
Oshiro replaces Andrew Aoki who resigned his position in October.
Chief of Staff Amy Asselbaye also resigned in October she was replaced by Bruce Coppa, the state comptroller.
"I sincerely want to thank the Aiea community for giving me the privilege of representing them these last 11 years," said Rep. Oshiro. "I accepted the Governor's offer to become the Deputy Chief of Staff because I believe in Governor Abercrombie. I believe in his vision. I believe in his passion and commitment towards moving Hawai'i forward."
Speaker of the House, Calvin K.Y. Say released the following statement:
"I congratulate Blake for his appointment as Governor Abercrombie's Deputy Chief of Staff. Although Blake's departure is a big loss to the House, his appointment to a major executive branch policy position represents a much bigger gain for the State of Hawaii."
Senate President Shan Tsutsui and Senate Majority Leader Brickwood Galuteria released this statement:
"Congratulations to Representative Blake Oshiro on his appointment as Governor Abercrombie's new deputy chief of staff. He is certainly a qualified, experienced and knowledgeable addition to the administration. We look forward to working with Representative Oshiro as he works with the governor and members of the administration to direct Hawaii under the "New Day" plan," said Senate President Shan Tsutsui.
"Governor Abercrombie's appointment of Representative Blake Oshiro as his new deputy chief of staff is very fitting. As my counterpart, while Representative Oshiro served as Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, I've had the pleasure of working closely with him. He is thorough, diligent, but equally important, he understands the nuances of the legislature and we look forward to working with him as deputy chief of staff," said Senate Majority Leader Brickwood Galuteria.
The Governor will now have to name a replacement for Oshiro's vacant house seat which represents Aiea, Halawa Valley, Halawa Heights, Aiea Heights.
Blake will be stepping down from his seat on December 7, 2011.
Rep. Oshiro, 41, is a graduate of Pearl City High School, the University of Southern California, and the William S. Richardson School of Law.