Calvin Say stays on as Speaker, House leadership expected to be announced Thursday

Hawaii Independent Staff

HONOLULU—The Hawaii House of Representatives today announced that Rep. Calvin Say (District 20 - D)will remain as Speaker of the House for the 26th Legislature, which includes the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions.

Say said he had been working with the House membership to select a leadership team and make committee assignments, which are expected to be announced Thursday, January 20.

“I am grateful for the support of my colleagues and for the opportunity to lead the House for the next two years,” Say said in a statement. “While our economy is rebounding, we are not out of the woods, and it’s important that we remain focused on our priorities: jobs, the economy, and a balanced state budget. We continue to face significant challenges and the House is committed to working collaboratively with the Senate and the Abercrombie administration to meet those challenges and move our state forward on behalf of the people of Hawaii.”

Say’s district comprises St. Louis Heights, Palolo Valley, Maunalani Heights, Wilhelmina Rise, and Kaimuki.

Say was first elected Speaker in 1998 for the start of the 1999 session. The upcoming 2011 session will be his 13th year as Speaker. He was first elected to the House in 1976.

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