USA’s First Buddhist Senator
Posted on November 9th, 2012

Mazie Keiko Hirono (ƒÆ’‚£ƒ” -â„¢¡ƒÆ’‚£”…¡¤ƒÆ’‚£”…¡¸ƒÆ’‚£ƒ” -â„¢¼ƒÆ’‚£ƒ” -â„¢»ƒÆ’‚£ƒ” -â„¢”‘ƒÆ’‚£ƒ” -â„¢­ƒÆ’‚£ƒ” -â„¢ƒ…‚½ MeijƒÆ’-¾« Hirono?, Japanese name: ƒÆ’‚¥ºƒ” -™锂¡ƒ…‚½ ƒÆ’‚¦”‚¦¶ƒÆ’‚¥­ Hirono Keiko,  

  Mazie Hirono

United States Senator-elect from Hawaii

Taking office –  January 3, 2013

 

Mazie Keiko Hirono (ƒÆ’‚£ƒ” -â„¢¡ƒÆ’‚£”…¡¤ƒÆ’‚£”…¡¸ƒÆ’‚£ƒ” -â„¢¼ƒÆ’‚£ƒ” -â„¢»ƒÆ’‚£ƒ” -â„¢”‘ƒÆ’‚£ƒ” -â„¢­ƒÆ’‚£ƒ” -â„¢ƒ…‚½ MeijƒÆ’-¾« Hirono?, Japanese name: ƒÆ’‚¥ºƒ” -™锂¡ƒ…‚½ ƒÆ’‚¦”‚¦¶ƒÆ’‚¥­ Hirono Keiko, born November 3, 1947) is the U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district, serving since 2007. She is a member of the Democratic Party. She is currently Senator-elect for Hawaii, filling the seat being vacated by Daniel Akaka. Hirono will be the first female Senator from Hawaii, the first Asian-American woman elected to the Senate, the first U.S. Senator born in Japan, and the nation’s first Buddhist Senator.

She was the second Asian immigrant elected lieutenant governor of a state of the United States. She ran against Linda Lingle for governor of Hawaii in 2002, one of the few gubernatorial races in United States history where two major parties nominated women to challenge each other. She considers herself a non-practicing Buddhist,[1][2] and is often cited with Hank Johnson (D-Georgia), as the first Buddhist to serve in the United States Congress.[3] She is the third woman to be elected to Congress from the state of Hawaii (after Patsy Mink and Pat Saiki). Hirono was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the upcoming retirement of Daniel Akaka.

Source:  Wikipedia

One Response to “USA’s First Buddhist Senator”

  1. Nalliah Thayabharan Says:

    Tulsi Gabbard, the incoming congresswoman for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district, is poised to be the first Hindu American in Congress and will take her oath over the Bhagavad Giva.

    Tulsi Gabbard follows the Vaishnava branch of Hinduism and credits her faith for having helped her during her time serving in Iraq.

    “First thing in the morning and the last thing at night, I meditated upon the fact that my essence was spirit, not matter, that I was not my physical body, and that I didn’t need to worry about death because I knew that I would continue to exist and I knew that I would be going to God,” Gabbard said.

    She also believes her faith will useful in cultivating a closer relationship between Congress and India.

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