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State House speaker appoints majority leader to replace Oshiro

By Associated Press


Speaker Calvin Say has named Rep. Pono Chong to be the new majority leader of the state House of Representatives. 

Chong will replace Blake Oshiro, who resigned to become Gov. Neil Abercrombie's deputy chief of staff. Say said in a statement today that Oshiro recommended that Chong replace him. 

The Legislature is not in session, so Say appointed Chong in the interim. The House will hold a vote on whether to formalize Chong's appointment when lawmakers return for a new legislative session in January 

Chong represents the Windward Oahu neighborhoods of Maunawili, Olomana, Enchanted Lake, and Kaneohe. The Democrat is majority whip and vice chairman of the Housing Committee. 

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