State House Speaker-elect announces new leadership team

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With the support of a majority of the House of Representatives, State Representative Joe Souki (District 8 – Wailuku, Waihee, Waiehu, Puuohala, Waikapu), announced his leadership team Monday.

Speaker-elect Souki will be naming Representative John Mizuno (District 28 – Kalihi Valley, Kamehameha Heights, portions of Lower Kalihi) as the new House Vice-Speaker and Representative Gilbert Keith-Agaran (District 9 – Kahului, Wailuku, Puunene, Spreckelsville, and Paia) as the new House Majority Leader.

"I am pleased that Representative John Mizuno has agreed to serve as the House Vice-Speaker. He has been a strong leader in his community for decades and has a successful record of working for the needs of Hawaii's people," said Speaker-elect Souki.

"I am ready to step up to meet the challenges this position poses and I look forward to working on the important issues facing the State of Hawaii," said House Vice-Speaker-elect John Mizuno.

"Representative Keith-Agaran is an incredibly hard-working legislator and as Majority Leader he will help direct our efforts to improve communities throughout the state," explained Speaker-elect Souki.

"I thank Speaker Souki for his support and I look forward to working with all the members of the Legislature as we get to work this year," said Majority Leader-elect Gilbert Keith-Agaran.

Copyright 2012 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.