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  Matsunaga, Matt
NameMatt Matsunaga
Address1501 Kapiolani Blvd.
Honolulu, Hawai'i , United States
Website [Link]
Born November 22, 1958 (62 years)
ContributorNot in Public Domain
Last ModifedRBH
Jul 01, 2012 09:49pm
InfoMatsunaga was named 2000 Legislator of the Year by the Mental Health Association of Hawaii, as well as "Best Legislator of the Year-1997" and one of the six best legislators in 1998 by the Honolulu Weekly. He also has been honored by the Japan-U.S. Science, Technology & Space Applications Program, the Domestic Violence Clearinghouse and Legal Hotline, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Junior League of Honolulu, the Hawaii Jaycees, and other civic and community organizations.

He was born on November 22, 1958, in Queen's Hospital in Honolulu to Spark and Helene Matsunaga. He is the youngest of five children. The family lived in Palolo and St. Louis Heights until Spark was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and they moved to Maryland.

There, Matt attended public schools in Montgomery County. At Walter Johnson High School, he lettered in basketball, football, soccer, and track. As a senior, he was co-captain of the basketball team that went to the State tournament semifinals.

He graduated from Bucknell University majoring in accounting, making the Dean's list several times. Matt passed all four parts of the Certified Public Accountant's examination during his senior year, and worked as a CPA for Price Waterhouse.

After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center, he returned to Hawaii in 1985. He passed the Hawaii State Bar Exam on his first attempt, and is a partner at the law firm of Carlsmith Ball LLP.

He was first elected to the Hawaii State Senate in 1992, and re-elected in 1996 and 2000.


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Father Masayuki "Spark" Matsunaga 1916-1990

  08/07/2009 Honolulu Council 5 - Special Election Lost 30.82% (-6.74%)
  09/23/2006 HI District 2 - D Primary Lost 14.27% (-7.57%)
  01/04/2003 HI District 2 - Special Election Lost 30.50% (-13.17%)
  11/05/2002 HI Lt. Governor Lost 47.01% (-4.54%)
  09/21/2002 HI Lt. Governor - D Primary Won 56.60% (+28.44%)
  11/07/2000 HI State Senate 09 Won 61.03% (+22.07%)
  11/05/1996 HI State Senate 09 Won 69.66% (+39.32%)
  11/03/1992 HI State Senate 09 Won 51.72% (+7.04%)
  09/22/1990 HI District 1 - D Primary Lost 22.19% (-23.26%)
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