Hawaii House Representative Beth Fukumoto (District 36: Mililani, Mililani Mauka, Waipio Acres)was first elected in 2012.
She is the youngest person to ever serve as the House Minority Leader in Hawaii, and in 2016, she was the youngest woman to hold a caucus leader position in the United States.
She graduated with honors from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a B.A. in American Studies and a M.A. in English from Georgetown University.
She was awarded a James Madison Fellowship by the Millennial Action Project for her demonstrated success in transcending partisan lines.
In September 2013, The Daily Beast, a popular political blog, listed Rep. Fukumoto as one of “Nine Women Remaking the Right.” She was also named as one of The Washington Post's "The Fix's 40 under 40" rising political stars.
She recently accepted an invitation to join the Aspen Institute's Rodel Fellowship Program, which has included both Tom Perez and Julian Castro. She is the great-granddaughter of Japanese and Irish immigrants,
and one of few Asian American individuals to hold a legislative leadership position in the United States.