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30 years later, it’s the last session for Rep. Cynthia Thielen

Dan Nakaso
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                                State Rep. Cynthia Thielen, 86, will retire this year after 30 years in the Legislature. Thielen, pictured at the state Capitol near the House Chamber, described herself as “a progressive Republican.” “Sometimes this place isn’t liberal enough. … I think people will miss hearing a liberal Republican’s voice.”
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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

State Rep. Cynthia Thielen, 86, will retire this year after 30 years in the Legislature. Thielen, pictured at the state Capitol near the House Chamber, described herself as “a progressive Republican.” “Sometimes this place isn’t liberal enough. … I think people will miss hearing a liberal Republican’s voice.”

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                State Rep. Cynthia Thielen, an advocate for industrial hemp farming in the islands, keeps stalks of hemp in her office at the state Capitol.
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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

State Rep. Cynthia Thielen, an advocate for industrial hemp farming in the islands, keeps stalks of hemp in her office at the state Capitol.

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                                A framed photograph of Thielen and former Gov. George Ariyoshi hangs in her office. In the early 1970s Thielen staged a sit-in at Ariyoshi’s office to protest his failure to appoint a single woman to any state board or commission.
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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

A framed photograph of Thielen and former Gov. George Ariyoshi hangs in her office. In the early 1970s Thielen staged a sit-in at Ariyoshi’s office to protest his failure to appoint a single woman to any state board or commission.

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A collection of photographs in state Rep. Cynthia Thielen’s office includes a group shot with U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D, California) and Mazie Hirono (D, Hawaii). Thielen served with Hirono in the State House in the early ’90s, and was roommates with Feinstein at Stanford University.
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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

A collection of photographs in state Rep. Cynthia Thielen’s office includes a group shot with U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D, California) and Mazie Hirono (D, Hawaii). Thielen served with Hirono in the State House in the early ’90s, and was roommates with Feinstein at Stanford University.

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                State Rep. Cynthia Thielen, 86, will retire this year after 30 years in the Legislature. Thielen, pictured at the state Capitol near the House Chamber, described herself as “a progressive Republican.” “Sometimes this place isn’t liberal enough. … I think people will miss hearing a liberal Republican’s voice.”
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                State Rep. Cynthia Thielen, an advocate for industrial hemp farming in the islands, keeps stalks of hemp in her office at the state Capitol.
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A framed photograph of Thielen and former Gov. George Ariyoshi hangs in her office. In the early 1970s Thielen staged a sit-in at Ariyoshi’s office to protest his failure to appoint a single woman to any state board or commission.
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A collection of photographs in state Rep. Cynthia Thielen’s office includes a group shot with U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D, California) and Mazie Hirono (D, Hawaii). Thielen served with Hirono in the State House in the early ’90s, and was roommates with Feinstein at Stanford University.