HANABUSA, Colleen, a United States Representative from Hawaii, was born in Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, on May 4, 1951 and was raised in Wai‘anae. She graduated from St. Andrew’s Priory School, Honolulu, Hawaii in 1969, and was awarded a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Hawaii in 1973, a Masters of Arts from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Hawaii in 1975 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Hawaii in 1977. A lawyer by profession in private practice, she was a member of the Hawaii State Senate from 1998 through 2010 and served as Senate President (Hawaii’s first female Senate President) from 2007 to 2010. In 2010, she was elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Twelfth (112th) and to the succeeding One Hundred Thirteenth (113th) Congresses (January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2015). In 2015, Representative Hanabusa returned to the practice of law and became a Board Member and, subsequently, Chair, of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, (January 2015 – November 7, 2016). In 2016, she was elected simultaneously as a Democrat to the One Hundred Fourteenth (114th) Congress by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Mark Takai, and to the One Hundred Fifteenth (115th) Congress, where she currently serves Hawaii’s First Congressional District.
When not in Washington, D.C., Representative Hanabusa resides on Oahu with her husband “John.” They have a dog, “Frannie,” who not only keeps them busy, but watches t.v. with a preference for the animal channels.