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Clift Tsuji

Clift Tsuji
Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives
from the 2nd district
Assumed office
January 16, 2013
Preceded by Jerry Chang
Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives
from the 3rd district
In office
January 2005 – January 16, 2013
Preceded by Eric Hamakawa
Succeeded by Richard Onishi
Personal details
Born (1941-01-20) January 20, 1941
Papaikou, Hawaii
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence Hilo, Hawaii
Alma mater University of Hawaii at Manoa

Clifton 'Clift' K. Tsuji[1] (born January 20, 1941 in Papaikou, Hawaii) is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives since January 16, 2013 representing District 2.[2] Tsuji consecutively served from January 2005 until 2013 in the District 3 seat.


Tsuji earned his BA in speech from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.


  • 2012 Redistricted to District 2, and with Democratic Representative Jerry Chang retiring, Tsuji was unopposed for both the August 11, 2012 Democratic Primary, winning with 5,814 votes,[3] and the November 6, 2012 General election.[4]
  • 2004 When Democratic Representative Eric Hamakawa retired and left the District 3 seat open, Tsuji won the September 18, 2004 Democratic Primary with 3,482 votes (66.4%),[5] and won the November 2, 2004 General election with 5,696 votes (61.1%) against Republican nominee Andy Smith,[6] who had lost the 2002 General election to Hamakawa.
  • 2006 Tsuji was unopposed for the September 26, 2006 Democratic Primary, winning with 5,510 votes,[7] and won the November 7, 2006 General election with 6,695 votes (80.6%) against Republican nominee Fabian Toribio.[8]
  • 2008 Tsuji was unopposed for the September 20, 2008 Democratic Primary, winning with 5,086 votes,[9] and won the November 4, 2008 General election with 7,958 votes (79.7%) against Republican nominee Deirdre Tavares.[10]
  • 2010 Tsuji was unopposed for the September 18, 2010 Democratic Primary, winning with 5,532 votes,[11] and won the November 2, 2010 General election with 6,917 votes (78.7%) against Republican nominee Tania Cortez-Camero.[12]


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