House Rep. Tom Okamura resigns

Rep. Tom Okamura resigns citing health concerns
Rep. Tom Okamura resigns citing health concerns

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Rep. Tom Okamura (District 33 - Aiea, Halawa) submitted his resignation Thursday citing health reasons.

Governor Neil Abercrombie appointed Okamura to the state House on January 3.

Okamura was appointed to fill the seat left vacant when Blake Oshiro who stepped down to join the Governor Abercrombie's administration.

The following is a statement from Speaker of the House, Calvin K.Y. Say:

"I want to thank Rep. Tom Okamura for his service to the state legislature over the course of his career.  During the few weeks this year that he's been with the House, he has graced us with his unique knowledge, expertise and wisdom as a veteran lawmaker and true public servant.  His health, however, has become a concern, and Rep. Okamura has placed the needs of his district first.  He wants to ensure that the district and his constituents receive the best representation possible and has, therefore, chosen to step down at this time.  We wish him well as he attends to his health."

Okamura previously served as House Majority Leader for nine years while a state representative from 1980 to 2000.

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