By Derrick DePledge
U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono will temporarily serve on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
The Hawaii Democrat was chosen for the spot that became open after the death of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J. Hirono is expected to serve on the committee until October, when New Jersey will hold a special election to fill out the remainder of Lautenberg's term.
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is the chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
Hawaii’s environment – one of the most biodiverse in the world – is not only the foundation of the state’s unique heritage and identity, but it is also the bedrock of our economic stability and prosperity.
As our nation’s only island state, we recognize that climate change’s impacts, water management issues and traffic congestion pose real threats to businesses that create jobs in tourism, agriculture and other industries, weakens our quality of life, and makes it harder to achieve our food and energy security goals. I’m honored that my colleagues have asked me to serve on the Committee that oversees these and other issues that are critical to ensuring that we are responsible stewards of our natural resources and in turn can pass on a strong, sustainable economy to future generations.