17th Representative District
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 318
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
phone 808-586-6420; fax 808-586-6421
Spouse: Faredah nee Shamsudin
Hawaii State Legislature
Minority Leader Emeritus: Gene served in the House from 1990-98. His colleagues elected him Minority Leader (1993-1997, 2011-2012).
Vice Chair, Committee on Economic Development & Business
Co-Founder Small Business Caucus: Co-founder with Rep. David Stegmaier
Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board
Chair Transportation Committee
Senior Democracy Advisor
Served in USAID Office of Democracy and Governance and promoted democracy throughout the world after writing text on the ills of campaign finance for developing countries.
Peace Corps Country Director
Supervised the humanitarian efforts 46 Peace Corps Volunteers, 18 staff and $1 million budget in East Timor.
Small Business Development Specialist
Founded with Dr. George Kanahele the Hawaii Entrepreneurship Training & Development Institute and trained 3,000 young people in Hawaii and overseas to start their own business.
Served as Translator-Interpreter in Vietnam
PH.D. University of Hawaii
Completed dissertation on the values and attitudes of Hawaiians entering and succeeding in business. Gene has taught at Chaminade and HPU as an Adjunct Professor
Member, Board of Governors (2010-2011)
He has written a number of articles about business and politics and recently authored a text on campaign finance and a Commentary for the Honolulu Advertiser: “Money in Politics” published by USAID in English & Spanish, www.usaid.gov/our_work/democracy_and_governance/publications/pdfs/pnacr223.pdf, and “East Timor”, http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2006/Jun/25/op/FP606250309.html.
Hawaii-Indonesia Chamber of Commerce
Member, Board of Directors
Jogging; learning new languages; (speak Malay, Indonesian, and Vietnamese)
Elected to the House: 1990 – 1998, 2006 – Present
Member of the Republican party.
Member of the following committees: