Malama Solomon was appointed to represent District 1 in the state Senate by Gov. Neil Abercrombie in December 2010 to fill a vacancy. The boundaries of her district were redrawn during reapportionment. As a result, she ran to represent District 4 as senator in the 2012 general election against Kelly Greenwell. Solomon beat Greenwell with 61 percent of the vote. Greenwell received just 31 percent.