Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced on Friday the appointment of George Okuda to the state House of Representatives seat for District 48, a position left vacant by recently appointed Director of Environmental Quality Control Jessica Wooley. His appointment is effective immediately.
"George has more than a decade of public service experience and has active legislative ties to the windward Oahu community," Gov. Abercrombie said. "He will bring stability during this transition period."
District 48 includes Kane'ohe, He'eia, Ahuimanu, Kahalu?u, Ha?iku Valley and Mokuoloe.
Okuda has served as a legislative aide for state Rep. Ken Ito since 2000, drafting, tracking and analyzing bills and resolutions. He was also responsible for meeting and working with various state department personnel, organizations and constituents on measures before the Legislature.
In addition, Okuda worked with school principals in Rep. Ito's district on capital improvement projects needed at schools. In prior years, he served as a legislative aide for state Sen. Bob Nakata. Okuda was also a member of the Kahaluu Neighborhood Board for six years, two as chair.
Okuda is licensed civil and structural engineer and previously worked for the Hawaiian Electric Company. A resident of Kahaluu since 1973, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.