karamatsuMember of the following committees:

JUD - Judiciary (Chair)
CPC - Consumer Protection & Commerce


Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D. 2001
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, B.A. 1997
  • Pearl City High School, 1992

Political Office

  • Hawaii State House of Representatives, 2002 - present

Hawaii State House Leadership Positions

  • Chair, Judiciary Committee, 2008-present
  • Majority Whip, 2004-2006, 2008
  • Vice Chair, Water, Land, Ocean Resources & Hawaiian Affairs Committee, 2008
  • Vice Speaker of the House of Representatives, 2006-2008
  • Chair, Economic Development & Business Concerns Committee, 2005-2006
  • Vice Chair, Tourism & Culture Committee, 2002-2005

Hawaii State House Committees

  • Judiciary Committee, 2005-2006, 2008-present
  • Consumer Protection & Commerce Committee, 2005-2006, 2008-present
  • Finance Committee, 2002-2005, 2008
  • Water, Land, Ocean Resources & Hawaiian Affairs Committee, 2008
  • Energy & Environmental Protection Committee, 2008
  • Legislative Management Committee, 2006-2007
  • Tourism & Culture Committee, 2002-2006
  • Economic Development & Business Concerns Committee, 2002-2006
  • Agriculture Committee, 2002-2006

Professional

  • Attorney, 2001 - present
  • President, JRK Enterprises LLC, 2002 - present
  • Real Estate License, 2007-present
  • Teacher, Kyoiku Juku Ltd., 2002
  • Legislative Assistant, Hawaii State Senator Carol Fukunaga, 2002
  • Clerk, Kapiolani Women's Center, 2000
  • Law Clerk, Corporation Counsel, City & County of Honolulu, 1999
  • Legislative Assistant, Hawaii State Representative K. Mark Takai, 1997 - 1998
  • Service Representative, Duty Free Shoppers Hawaii, 1992 - 1996

Community

  • Waikele Elementary School, School Community Council (SCC), 2008-present
  • Chair, Peace Day Hawaii Committee, 2007-present
  • Vice President, Jodo Mission of Hawaii, 2006-present
  • Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce, 2004-present
  • Waipahu Business Association, 2004-present
  • Waipahu Community Association, 2003 - present
  • Waipahu Community Response Plan, 2002
  • Youth Leadership Counselor, 2001
  • Women's Law Caucus, Gonzaga University School of Law, 1999 - 2000
  • Pearl City Neighborhood Board No. 21, 1997 - 1998
  • Vice President, Associated Students of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1997
  • Senator, Associated Students of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1996 - 1997
  • Eagle Scout, Troop 75, 1981 - 1992

Honors

  • Legislator of the Year, Hawaii Medical Association, 2009
  • Champion of Small Business, The National Coalition for Capital, 2008
  • Forty Under 40, Pacific Business News, 2007 Class
  • Legislator of the Year, University of Hawaii Professional Assembly, 2006
  • Center for Women Policy Studies' National Honor Roll of State Legislators, 2004
  • Flemming Fellows, Center For Policy Alternatives, 2004 Class
  • Western Legislative Academy, Council of State Governments-West, 2003 Class
  • "Bouquet of Flowers" for Good Government Deeds, Hawaii Pro-Democracy Initiative, 2003
  • Top 30 Under 30, Honorable Mention, PoliticalCircus.com, 2002
  • Eagle Scout, 1992

Member of the Democratic party.