Doug Chin to serve as lieutenant governor, but still plans to run for Congress

Updated: Feb. 2, 2018 at 9:26 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin will take over as lieutenant governor after Shan Tsutsui abruptly resigned from the post on Wednesday.

Chin made the official announcement Friday morning on Hawaii News Now Sunrise, saying, "I've always considered public service to be a privilege, and this is a call to serve, and it's the right thing to do."

Meanwhile, Chin said will continue to campaign for Congress. He's vying to replace U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who's stepping down to run for governor.

Chin had already planned to step down from the Attorney General's office in March to for Congress.

Under state law, Chin, as attorney general, was third in the line of succession after Senate President Ron Kouchi and House Speaker Scott Saiki, who both declined the position.

Chin said he could understand why both would turn down the opportunity as both are in the midst of a busy legislative session.

"I can completely understand that. I think for me this is an opportunity to stay in public service, to be able to continue to help the community, which is something I love. That's really important to me," he said.

Now that Chin will become lieutenant governor, First Deputy Attorney General Russell Suzuki has been appointed to serve as acting attorney general.

Appointed state Attorney General in January 2015, Chin has become a prominent figure in Hawaii's legal battle against President Donald Trump's travel ban.

He first joined the Honolulu prosecutor's office in 1996 and also served as managing director under former Mayor Peter Carlisle.

This story will be updated.

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