Featured Fellow: Beth Fukumoto, Hawaii State Representative

James Madison Fellow Beth Fukumoto (R-HI) serves in the Hawaii State Legislature as the Minority Floor Leader. As part of her Fellowship post-partisan initiative, Fukumoto laid the groundwork for launching MAP’s first state-based institution called the Hawaii Future Caucus. She serves as a Co-Chair alongside State Representative Takashi Ohno (D-HI) and City Councilman Stanley Chang (nonpartisan).

At the Hawaii Future Caucus launch, Fukumoto stated that she and her fellow members “all share an interest in making sure that young people are interested [in government] and want to participate.”

MAP President Steven Olikara, far right, at the launch of the Hawaii Future Caucus this past February with Fukumoto, third from the left.

MAP President Steven Olikara, far right, at the launch of the Hawaii Future Caucus this past February with Fukumoto, third from the left.

According to the Hawaii Future Caucus' media release, these members have identified "two priorities that it considers barriers keeping young people from participating in government; government transparency and voter participation."

Policymakers also participating in the Hawaii Future Caucus include State Representatives Henry Aquino, Ty Cullen, Richard Fale, Linda Ichiyama, Kaniela Ing, Aaron Ling Johanson, Chris Lee, Lauren (Cheape) Matsumoto, Justin Woodson, and Councilmembers Ikaika Anderson, Greggor Ilagan and Dru Mamo Kanuha.

Watch the full clip of the official launch announcement below:

In May of 2014, Fukumoto spoke to the Washington Post about the imminent pressure on Millennials to make a difference in society. She said, “At this point in time, it’s our turn to change things-or not. We’re not going to be able to blame the generations before us because now it’s our time.”

The 31-year-old Honolulu resident holds bachelor’s degrees in American studies and sociology from the University of Hawaii at Manao and an English Master’s degree from Georgetown University. She has represented the 36th District since January 2013.

In 2013, Fukumoto was named one of The Daily Beast’s “Nine Women Remaking the Right.” She was also named one of The Fix’s “Top 40 political rising stars who are under 40 years old” in May 2014.

Fukumoto is an active Millennial on social media, sharing selfies and behind the scenes photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  

Visiting a bake/craft sale on Ainana Way to support Crush softball!

A photo posted by Beth Fukumoto (@bethfukumoto) on