PRESS RELEASE 11-8-2010
After a long series of weekend State Capitol deliberations – sometimes contentious – behind open doors with the Republican Caucus, State Senator Sam Slom (R-8 – Hawaii Kai – Diamond Head) emerged as the new Senate Minority Leader.
He is also the Minority Floor Leader and the Minority Policy Leader. There are no Minority Republican Whips. There is only one Republican State Senator after the November 2 election: Senator Slom.
Slom will meet with new Senate President, Shan Tsutsui of Maui, tomorrow.
Though out-numbered 24-1 in the Senate, Slom pledged to energetically and honorably represent the more than 45% of voters supporting Republican candidates, traditional values, and to continue his strenuous opposition to new and increased taxes, government spending and debt for all voters.
Slom said his focus will be on job creation, improving Hawaii’s distressed economy and meaningful educational reforms. He will continue to advocate term limits.
He also announced he will shortly begin weekly press briefings on major legislation for the 2011 Session which begins January 19, 2011, add a new Senate Minority website, utilize live key committee hearing streaming and social media to explain pending bills, work with community volunteers to report on each of the 15 Senate committees and to introduce “Ask Your Senator” forums to provide the public with more information and transparency about bills that will affect their families, small businesses and standard of living.