Mazie Hirono

Mazie Hirono, a Democrat, was elected to represent Hawaii in the U.S. Senate. She defeated Republican Linda Lingle in the Nov. 6, 2012 general election 62 percent to 37 percent.

Before being elected to the U.S. Senate, Hirono was the first female immigrant of Asian ancestry to be elected to the U.S. Congress representing Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District. She is now Hawaii's first female senator and the first Asian-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate.

Hirono takes the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Sen. Daniel Akaka.

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