Senator 
Fred Hemmings 
Senator Fred Hemmings currently serves as Minority Leader. He also sits as a member on the Commerce and Consumer Protection, Education and Housing, Energy and Environment, Health, Human Services, Public Safety and Military Affairs, Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs, and Ways and Means committees.

Senator Hemmings represents Hawaii's 25th Senatorial District and has served in the Hawaii State Senate since 2000. Hemmings represented Kailua, Lanikai, Waimanalo, and Hawaii Kai communities as a State Representative from 1984 to 1990.

Born on January 9, 1946, Senator Hemmings is also known as a world class surfer and expert waterman. He attended Punahou School where he is an inductee of the Punahou School Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1991, Hemmings was inducted into the International Surfing Hall of Fame, and in 1999 the Hawaii State Sports Hall of Fame.

Fred Hemmings
Senatorial District 25
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 221
phone: 808-587-8388
fax: 808-587-7240
senhemmings@Capitol.hawaii.gov

DISTRICT INFORMATION
25th Senatorial District Map - Kailua, Lanikai, Waimanalo, Hawai'i Kai

Neighborhood Boards
Hawaii Kai No. 1
Kailua No. 31
Waimanalo No. 32

DOCUMENTS AND LINKS

EXPERIENCE
• Board of Directors, State Legislative Leaders Foundation (2009)
• Commissioner, Hawaii Commemorative Quarter Advisory Commission (2006-2007)
• Commissioner, Governor's Economic Momentum Commission (2005)
• Member, Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Task Force (2005-2006)
• Commissioner, Governor's Millennium Commission (2000)

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
• Lincoln Legacy Award, Republican Party Hawaii (2006)
• Legislator of the Year, Hawaii Medical Association (2005)
• Top Ranking Legislator, Small Business Hawaii (1985 - 1990, 2001 – 2005)
• Waterman of the Year, Surf Industry and Manufacturer Association (2002)
• Listed Top 50 Athletes of Hawaii for 20th Century, Sports Illustrated (2000)
• Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame (1999)
• Punahou School Athletic Hall of Fame (1994)
• International Surfing Hall of Fame (1991)

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Wednesday, September 1

In Support of Judge Katherine Leonard's Nomination to Chief Justice

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a copy of my plea to the Hawaii State Senate supporting the nomination of Katherine Leonard for Hawaii's Supreme Court Chief Justice. I would like you to have these remarks so that you will think about what I consider to be two serious problems with "Advise & Consent" and the passage of legislation.

1. Good people testify at hearings and their opinions are noted in the public record. Testifiers are subject to questioning at hearings. It is unconscionable that some senators freely admit that they take advice and base their votes on legislation from "off the record" or anonymous sources. This practice dramatically affects Advise and Consent and legislation because there is no recourse for open or free debate. We cannot afford to have a government where decision making is made anonymously or "off the record" and is often based on errant information that goes unchallenged behind the dark veil of anonymity.

2. Judicial activism is the other large problem. I respect Senator Hee's open and honest dissertation on how judicial activism overcomes errant law; however, I disagree with Senator Hee's logic. Brown vs Board of Education ruled that those laws being questioned and the deeds of Southern Democrat segregationists such as Faubus, Maddox, Wallace and others were unconstitutional. There is a huge difference between enforcing the Constitution and thereby nullifying errant law and instituting new law by judicial action based on a judge's personal beliefs at any given time. The Court should first and foremost uphold the Constitution.

These two issues-anonymous decision making without checks and balances and judicial activism-are problems at the state and national level. I'm sending you my presentation because I feel that it is one of the most important pleas I have made during my tenure in the Senate. I hope that you will utilize the concepts in this speech to educate the people of Hawaii as to why we need a vibrant two party system and honest decision-making.

Aloha,

Senator Fred Hemmings
State of Hawai'i

For Senator Hemming's remarks on Judge Katherine Leonard's nomination to Chief Justice during the 1st Special Session, please click here.

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  Measures Introduced
MeasureTitle
SB38 SD2 RELATING TO TAX ON TOBACCO PRODUCTS OTHER THAN CIGARETTES.
SB54 RELATING TO CONDOMINIUMS.
SB313 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB320 RELATING TO THE MINIMUM WAGE FOR TIPPED EMPLOYEES.
SB355 RELATING TO GENERAL EXCISE TAX.
SB551 RELATING TO ENERGY-EFFICIENT VEHICLES.
SB552 SD1 RELATING TO ENERGY-EFFICIENT VEHICLES.
SB567 HD1 RELATING TO HEALTH.
SB575 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB578 RELATING TO BICYCLE TOURS.
SB586 SD1 RELATING TO HIGHWAYS.
SB596 RELATING TO SMOKING.
SB1071 RELATING TO PUBLIC HOUSING.
SB1078 RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.
SB1079 RELATING TO ETHANOL.
SB1080 RELATING TO NUCLEAR ENERGY.
SB1081 RELATING TO GENERAL EXCISE TAX.
SB1082 RELATING TO TIME SHARE PLANS.
SB1175 RELATING TO LIMITING CIVIL LIABILITY.
SB1185 SD1 RELATING TO A TAX CREDIT FOR THE PURCHASE OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES.
SB1186 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY OPPORTUNITY ZONES.
SB1187 RELATING TO DISPOSITION OF CONVICTED DEFENDANTS.
SB1188 RELATING TO ANIMALS.
SB1189 RELATING TO DRUG TESTING.
SB1221 SD1 RELATING TO PUBLIC HOUSING.
SB1225 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB1267 RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVER LICENSING.
SB1269 RELATING TO OFFENSES AGAINST THE PERSON.
SB2110 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING.
SB2209 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB2407 SD1 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.
SB2421 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.
SB2488 SD2 HD1 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.
SB2558 SD1 RELATING TO FOSSIL FUELS.
SB2646 SD1 HD2 CD2 RELATING TO HAWAII SURFING RESERVES.
SB2786 SD2 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
SB2886 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE I, SECTION 23, OF THE HAWAII STATE CONSTITUTION TO SPECIFICALLY RESERVE MARRIAGE TO OPPOSITE-SEX COUPLES.
SCR1 REQUESTING THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE HAWAII SUPREME COURT TO ADDRESS THE LEGISLATURE ASSEMBLED IN JOINT SESSION FOR THE STATE OF THE JUDICIARY ADDRESS.
SCR2 REQUESTING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII TO ADDRESS THE LEGISLATURE ASSEMBLED IN JOINT SESSION FOR THE STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII SYSTEM ADDRESS.
SCR198 REQUESTING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO PASS A BALANCED BUDGET.
SR97 REQUESTING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO PASS A BALANCED BUDGET.
SR123 AUTHORIZING THE PRESIDENT TO APPROVE THE JOURNAL OF THIS SENATE FOR THE SIXTIETH DAY.
SR124 RETURNING ALL BILLS, CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS, AND RESOLUTIONS TO THE CLERK'S DESK.
SR125 REGARDING COMPLETION OF THE WORK OF THE TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE SUBSEQUENT TO THE ADJOURNMENT THEREOF.
SR126 INFORMING THE HOUSE AND GOVERNOR THAT THE SENATE IS READY TO ADJOURN SINE DIE.

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