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Posted: Friday, December 28th, 2012 9:16 AM HST

Hawaii Senate President Tsutsui becoming Lt. Gov.

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) State Senate President Shan Tsutsui became Hawaii's new lieutenant governor Thursday, replacing newly sworn-in U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz.

Tsutsui said at a news conference that he never thought he might someday become lieutenant governor. He said he was initially planning to turn down the position until he met with Gov. Neil Abercrombie, discussed his role and talked things over with his family and colleagues.

Abercrombie said Tsutsui will have official offices on Maui and in Honolulu. He said this adheres to his desire to make state government less Oahu-centric and allows Tsutsui to work from his home island.

As Senate president, the 41-year-old Democrat was first in line for the job when Abercrombie appointed Schatz to fill the vacancy created by the death of Sen. Daniel Inouye.



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