31st Legislature, 2021
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Senate District 22
Hawaii State Capitol
Room 208
phone: 808-586-6090
fax: 808-586-6091
sendelacruz@capitol.hawaii.gov
Member of the following committees:
District Information
22nd Senatorial District Map (Part 1 | Part 2) - Mililani Mauka, Waipi‘o Acres, Wheeler, Wahiawa, Whitmore Village, portion of Poamoho
Measures Passed by the Legislature
2019
Experience
Educational Background
•  Leilehua High School - Class of 1991
•  University of Oregon: BA in Journalism, BA in Communications Studies, 1995
•  Argosy University: Masters in Organization Leadership, 2015
•  University of Hawaii - Manoa: Currently working on Doctorate Degree in Architecture

Government Service

Current:

Hawaii State Senate (2010 to Present):
•  Chair, Committee on Ways and Means
•  Member, Committee on Education

Other:
•  Member, Transit Oriented Task Force
•  Member, State Land Use Task Force
•  Board Member, Hawaii Asia Pacific Association (HAPA) Young Leaders
•  Member, National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO)
•  Member, Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs (BHCC)
•  Member, National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL)
•  Member, National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Effectiveness Standing Committee (NCSL)
•  Member, Urban Land Institute (ULI)
•  Member, Clean and Safe Energy Coalition

Past:

Honolulu City Council (2003-2010):
•  Chair, 2003-2007
•  Chair, Committee on Executive Matters
•  Chair, Committee on Public Safety & Services
•  Chair, Committee on Public Health, Safety & Welfare
•  Vice-Chair, Committee on Executive Matters
•  Vice-Chair, Committee on Affordable Housing & Economic Development
•  Vice-Chair, Committee on Transportation & Planning
•  Vice-Chair, Committee on Public Infrastructure

Other:
•  Co-Chair, Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs Annual Conference in Hawaii, 2013
•  State Commission on National and Community Service - 2010
•  Governor's Working Group on the Purchase of Turtle Bay - 2009
•  Board of Directors, National Association of Counties (NACo) - 2003-2009
•  NACo Annual Conference Advisory Committee - 2005
•  Chair, NACo 2005 Annual Conference and Exposition Steering Committee
•  Secretary, Hawaii State Association of Counties - 2003-2004
•  Chair, Wahiawa Neighborhood Board, 2000-2002

Nominations/Invitations:

•  American Council Professional Fellows Program to Armenia - 2018
•  Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (HCREO) - 2015
•  National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Gettysburg Leadership Experience - 2015
•  American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) Exchange Program to Australia - 2013
•  American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Educational Seminar in Israel - 2013
•  Young Elected Officials (YEO) 2013 National Convening, Washington, D. C.
•  Council of State Governments (CSG), Western Legislative Academy for Legislators - 2012
•  Emerging Leaders Program, University of Virginia - 2013
•  Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs Leadership Workshop, Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education - 2013

Community Service:

•  Member, Leilehua Alumni and Community Association
•  Member, Hawaii Bicycling League
•  Member, Advisory Council, Leeward Community College
•  Member, Leeward Community College Culinary Institute Board
•  Vice-President (2001-2002), Filipino Chamber of Commerce
•  Member, Wahiawa Lions Club
•  Member, Our Lady of Sorrows Parish

Honors and Awards:

•  HawaiiKidsCAN 2018 Legislative Champion - 2018
•  Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation Inaugural Champion of Agriculture Award - 2013
•  Filipino Community Council of Hawaii Progress Award for Excellence in Government Service, 2007
•  Pacific Century Fellow, 2004
•  Pacific Business News Forty and Under 40 Award, 2001
•  Public Relations Society of America Koa Anvil Award, 2001

Certifications:

•  U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Incident Command System (ICS-402) - 2013

Current Profession:

•  Member, DTL Hawaii

Prior Professions:

•  Director of Marketing, Watermark Publishing
•  Account Supervisor, Stryker Weiner & Yokota Public Relations
•  Account Executive, McNeil Wilson Communications
•  Public Relations Coordinator, Hilton Hawaiian Village

Creator/Author:

•  The Whitmore Project - a project to revitalize Central Oahu by re-establishing agricultural dominance in the area resulting in creation of jobs and promoting economic development.
•  Publications: The Okazu Guide, The Puka Guide, The Omiyage Guide - books focusing on such cultural activities as exploring Japanese delicatessens; "hole-in-the-wall" places that locals like to frequent; and places to buy gifts for those who engage in the local tradition of buying gifts when they travel.
Measures Introduced
 Title
SB13 RELATING TO THE CONVEYANCE TAX.
SB24 RELATING TO LEASEHOLD CONDOMINIUMS ON STATE LAND.
SB36 SD1 RELATING TO RENTAL DISCRIMINATION.
SB37 RELATING TO THE MORTGAGE INTEREST DEDUCTION.
SB218 RELATING TO HEALTH CARE INSURANCE.
SB219 SD1 RELATING TO CRIMES ON AGRICULTURAL LANDS.
SB220 SD1 RELATING TO SERVICE-LEARNING.
SB221 SD1 RELATING TO HOMELESSNESS.
SB222 SD1 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTING AND GENERAL SERVICES.
SB223 SD1 RELATING TO CONTRACTING.
SB224 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB225 SD1 RELATING TO INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS.
SB226 RELATING TO LAND EXCHANGE.
SB227 SD1 RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE SUN SCREENING DEVICES.
SB228 RELATING TO ASBESTOS.
SB229 SD1 RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR.
SB230 RELATING TO REAL PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS.
SB231 RELATING TO SEA LEVEL RISE ADAPTATION.
SB232 RELATING TO LITTERING.
SB233 RELATING TO BEES.
SB234 RELATING TO TELEWORK.
SB242 SD2 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB243 SD1 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.
SB244 SD1 RELATING TO FOOD DONATION.
SB245 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB246 SD1 RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.
SB247 SD1 RELATING TO PUBLIC LIBRARIES.
SB248 RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.
SB249 RELATING TO SINGLE-USE PLASTICS.
SB250 RELATING TO PUBLIC LANDS.
SB258 RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.
SB259 RELATING TO INFRASTRUCTURE.
SB260 RELATING TO LABOR.
SB261 RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.
SB262 SD1 RELATING TO VACCINES.
SB263 SD1 RELATING TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
SB264 RELATING TO CLIMATE CHANGE.
SB265 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB266 SD1 RELATING TO THE CORONAVIRUS 2019 PANDEMIC.
SB267 RELATING TO FOOD PRODUCTION AND SECURITY.
SB268 RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.
SB269 RELATING TO EMERGENCY APPROPRIATIONS.
SB270 SD1 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB271 RELATING TO TAX REBATES.
SB272 RELATING TO TAX EXEMPTIONS.
SB273 RELATING TO TAX CREDITS.
SB274 RELATING TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.
SB275 RELATING TO TAXATION.
SB330 RELATING TO COMPLIANCE REVIEWS.
SB348 SD1 RELATING TO BOTTLED WATER.
SB505 RELATING TO UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII REVENUE BONDS.
SB506 SD1 RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS TO ASSIST WAHIAWA GENERAL HOSPITAL.
SB507 RELATING TO THE OUTDOORS.
SB508 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB509 SD1 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB510 SD1 RELATING TO HISTORIC PRESERVATION REVIEWS.
SB511 RELATING TO LITTER CONTROL.
SB512 SD2 RELATING TO SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM INCENTIVES.
SB513 RELATING TO THE ENFORCEMENT OF LAWS.
SB514 SD1 RELATING TO THE GENERAL FUND.
SB515 RELATING TO A STATE STOCKPILE STORAGE FACILITY.
SB516 SD1 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB517 RELATING TO HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.
SB518 SD2 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB519 RELATING TO UNIVERSITY DISTRICTS.
SB589 SD1 RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
SB591 RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY INSPECTIONS.
SB594 SD1 RELATING TO GENERAL EXCISE TAX.
SB596 SD1 RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.
SB663 SD1 RELATING TO THE SOLEMN COVENANT OF THE STATES TO AWARD PRIZES FOR CURING DISEASES.
SB664 RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.
SB665 RELATING TO VIOLATIONS OF CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAW.
SB666 SD1 RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.
SB667 SD1 RELATING TO LICENSE PLATES.
SB668 SD1 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
SB669 RELATING TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.
SB683 RELATING TO NORTHERN LARGEMOUTH BASS.
SB693 SD1 RELATING TO THE TRANSFER OF NON-AGRICULTURAL PARK LANDS.
SB694 RELATING TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.
SB703 RELATING TO SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING.
SB795 SD1 RELATING TO STATE SMALL BOAT HARBOR FEES.
SB796 RELATING TO COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT.
SB797 SD1 RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF ENTERPRISE TECHNOLOGY SERVICES.
SB798 SD1 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTING AND GENERAL SERVICES.
SB812 SD1 RELATING TO EDUCATION.
SB813 RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.
SB814 SD1 RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.
SB815 SD1 RELATING TO EDUCATION FUNDING.
SB822 RELATING TO CHILD WELFARE.
SB959 RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.
SB960 RELATING TO PUBLIC PROCUREMENT.
SB961 RELATING TO WATER POLLUTION.
SB962 SD1 RELATING TO THE NATURAL ENERGY LABORATORY OF HAWAII AUTHORITY.
SB963 RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS TO ASSIST HK MANAGEMENT, LLC.
SB1240 SD1 RELATING TO TAX CONFORMITY.
SB1241 SD1 RELATING TO INTOXICATING LIQUOR.
SB1242 SD1 RELATING TO TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE.
SB1303 RELATING TO PROGRAM AND BUDGET PERFORMANCE REVIEW.
SB1304 SD1 RELATING TO CENTRAL SERVICES.
SB1305 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTING AND GENERAL SERVICES.
SB1306 RELATING TO THE WORKS OF ART SPECIAL FUND.
SB1311 SD1 RELATING TO SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS.
SB1313 SD1 RELATING TO SPORT FISH.
SB1314 RELATING TO THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER ADVOCACY.
SB1340 SD1 RELATING TO EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES.
SB1341 RELATING TO THE STATE ENERGY OFFICE.
SB1342 RELATING TO ILLEGAL GAMBLING.
SB1352 RELATING TO APPROPRIATIONS.
SB1386 RELATING TO THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.
SB1393 RELATING TO THE RESEARCH CORPORATION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
SB1394 RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
SB1395 SD1 RELATING TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS.
SB1423 SD2 RELATING TO THE STADIUM DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT.