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Rep. Mazie Hirono


Representative Mazie Hirono (D-HI) would be the first Asian-American woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate and would be a people's senator -- a leader who comes from humble beginnings and who has overcome difficult obstacles. Born in Japan, Mazie spent her early years on her grandparents' rice farm, sent there by her mother to escape a father whose chronic alcoholism and compulsive gambling left the family with few means and even less stability. When nearly eight years old, Mazie, her mother, and her older brother fled Japan for Hawaii in search of a better life. Mazie served as Hawaii's lieutenant governor from 1994-2002 and has represented Hawaii's second district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2007. Mazie's complete biography can be found at

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