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Posted on Jul 13, 2014

International Union of Painters & Allied Trades, District Council 50 Endorse Lt. Governor Tsutsui

HONOLULU —  The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), District 50 (DC50), has announced its endorsement of Shan Tsutsui as Hawaii’s Lieutenant Governor. International Union of Painters and Allied Trades1

“Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui is a proven leader, stepping into a leadership position as a freshman Senator that eventually led him to becoming the first Senate President from Maui.  He is a champion for the working men and women in our State and understands what it takes to make Hawaii the best place to live for our families and for future generations,” said Ryden “Bully” Valmoja, Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer, DC50.

With more than 2-thousand members, DC50 represents Hawaii’s construction finishing trades and is comprised of the following unions: Painters Local Union 1791; Glaziers, Architectural Metal and Glassworkers Local Union 1889; Carpet, Linoleum and Soft Tile Local Union 1926; Drywall Tapers, Finishers Local Union 1944; and Pearl Harbor Metal Trades Specialty Workers Local Union 1941.

“I am deeply humbled to have earned the support of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, their members and their families.  The finishing trades continue to play a significant role in our construction industry and economy.  It’s important that we keep them working,” said Lt. Governor Tsutsui.

Tsutsui became the 12th Lieutenant Governor of the State of Hawaii after the position was vacated at the end of 2012. He is a member of the International Committee for the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association and treasurer of the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association. Tsutsui was elected in 2002 to the Hawaii State Senate, representing Central Maui.  From 2010 to 2012, he was selected by his peers to serve as President of the Senate, making him the youngest Senate President and first Senator from Maui to serve as Senate President.  As a freshman Senator, Tsutsui became Senate Majority Caucus Leader, a position he held until 2010.  Tsutsui also served as the Vice Chair of the Committee on Ways and Means; Vice Chair of the Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs; Vice Chair of the Committee on Tourism; and was a member of  various committees.  He is a former small business owner and financial advisor.  The Lt. Governor earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a graduate of Maui High School.  He resides in Wailuku with his wife Lyndelle and three daughters, Mikayla, Kaylee and Kenna.

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