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Rep. Souki Resigns as Speaker of the House of Representatives

Avery Chumbley (Blue Polo) President of Wailuku Water Co. and Joe Souki, Speaker of the Hawaii State House of Representatives, were among those who listened to public testimony at the Oct. 11th meeting of the Maui County Council. The special meeting was held to authorize $5 million emergency funding to reimburse the cost of repairs to county property in Wailuku River area. The storm caused substantial flooding in the district represented by Souki. (S. Halas photo)

Representative Joseph M. Souki has resigned as Speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives effective immediately.

Souki was re-elected as Speaker of the House in January 2013. He previously served as Speaker from 1993 to 1999, and Speaker Emeritus from 2000 to 2013. He also served as Chair of the Committee on Finance, and most recently as Chair of the Committee on Transportation.

Souki, a Democrat, has served in the Hawaii State House since 1982. He represents the 8th district, Kahakuloa, Waihee, Waiehu, Puuohala, Wailuku and Waikapu on the island of Maui where he was born and raised.

See letter below from Rep. Souki to all House Members.

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