Rep. Evans Replaced as House Majority Leader
After much consideration, Hawai‘i House Speaker Scott K. Saiki today accepted the resignation of Rep. Cindy Evans (North Kona, Kohala) as House Majority Leader.
Evans offered her resignation as majority leader during the legislative special session held in August of this year.
News sources report that Rep. Evans is being removed from her leadership position after she voted against the bailout bill for the Honolulu rail project last month.
Saiki has appointed Hawai‘i Island Rep. Mark M. Nakashima (Hāmakua, Hilo), to Vice Speaker of the House.
He replaces Rep. Della Au Belatti (Makiki, Tantalus, Papakolea, McCully, Pawa‘a, Mānoa) who has been named House Majority Leader.
Rep. Evans will assume Nakashima’s chairmanship of the Economic Development & Business Committee.
With Nakashima’s appointment and with Kaua‘i Rep. Dee Morikawa as Majority Floor Leader, neighbor island representatives continue to occupy two of the top four positions in House leadership.
Download the House Majority Leadership chart here.