I was fortunate after graduating from college to work for three years on Capitol Hill for U. S. Congressman and Senator Spark Matsunaga. Senator Matsunaga and his colleagues, Senator Inouye and Congresswoman Mink, inspired me, like many others, to a career in public service.
I was since privileged to serve Hawai’i in both the Hawai’i State Legislature and the United States Congress. Though it hasn’t been easy, and I’ve both won and lost elections, I’ve never regretted my decision to try to help make things better for my state, country and world through elective office.
We live in difficult times, where the old rules are changing and we must choose new and uncertain directions. But one constant is that democracy forges the best path, if we’re part of it.
We need each other to stay involved. If we do that, we’ll find our way just fine.