Freshman state Rep. Kaniela Ing has been appointed to serve as a member of the House Finance committee and as vice-chairman for the Public Safety and Military Affairs committee, among other committee placements.
A vice-chairman, finance-committee-member combination is the highest appointment that is typically given out to a freshman representative in the majority caucus.
Ing, 23, is currently the youngest serving member of the Hawai'i State Legislature, the youngest public official ever elected from Maui and the second youngest ever elected as a legislator statewide. It has been years since South Maui had a representative serving in such a capacity for influence.
"In order to have any real influence in bringing home funds for capital improvement projects, such as Kihei High School, a seat on finance is crucial," said Ing. "This year will be the best shot we have ever had to get a new high school by 2016. Expect long hours from me, Sen. [Roz] Baker, and the rest of the Maui delegation to bring this project into fruition."
"My staff and I have been researching how to best implement our fresh vision in the upcoming session," said Ing. "There are bills currently being drafted, and we are ready to go. I'm excited to get to work for the people of South Maui and all of Hawai'i."