Chief of staff
Long-time public policy executive Rod Tanonaka has been selected as chief of staff for U.S. Rep.-elect Mark Takai.
Tanonaka has been serving in the same capacity for U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who Takai will succeed in office, a Takai spokesman said in a news release Monday.
Tanonaka, who will be based in Hawaii, has known Takai since their days together at the University of Hawaii.
“His career has been focused on serving the public since graduation from UH, and he has deep experience working on federal issues that are critical to the people of Hawaii."
Takai, who defeated Republican Charles Djou in the November election, is scheduled to be sworn into office on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C.