|Address||1517 Kapiolani Boulevard |
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96814, United States
|| June 26, 1938
Feb 20, 2022 04:21pm
|Info||The Representative for Hawaii's First Congressional District was born in Buffalo, New York. He had already earned a BA degree in Sociology from Union College in Schenactady, New York before he came to Hawaii in the 1960's to continue his education. He earned his Masters degree in Sociology in 1964 and a Ph.D. in American Studies in 1974 from the University of Hawaii. |
Not all of his learning was in the classroom. Congressman Neil Abercrombie worked at a series of jobs that would help shape his outlook. They include waiter, custodian, probation officer, graduate teaching assistant, college lecturer, professor, construction apprentice program director, and special assistant to the State Superintendent of education. And he was able to benefit from the astute observations and advice of his wife, author and educator Nancie Caraway.
In 1971 he began hosting one of Hawaii's first phone in radio programs, Viewpoint on KHVH Radio. His on-air guests ranged from film stars to political leaders to counter-culture advocates, but Abercrombie always made his callers the real stars of the program.
Abercrombie was elected to the State House of Representatives in 1974, exactly twenty years after the 'Democratic Revolution' that reshaped Hawaii's political structure and paved the way for the Island Territory to become the 50th State in the American Union. Many of the people who played key roles in those history-making events were still in government. So the young American Studies scholar and new State Representative was given still another unique perspective on his adopted homeland; another opportunity to learn and to apply what he had learned to the art of lawmaking.
Congressman Neil Abercrombie served two terms in the State House of Representatives then ran successfully for a State Senate Seat. During his eight years as a State Senator, he chaired the Senate Committees on Education, Higher Education, and Human Services. He was elected to the Honolulu City Council in 1988 and served for two years.
He became Congressman Abercrombie the first time in 1986 when he won a special election to the U.S House of Representatives. In 1990 the voters of Hawaii's First Congressional District sent him back to the U.S. House.
He is a member of the Armed Services Committee, where he is the ranking Democrat on the Military Personnel Subcommittee; and the Resources Committee. He also serves as Democratic Whip-At-Large.
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