Beth Fukumoto was first elected to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2012. The youngest woman in the United States to hold a legislative caucus leader position, she served as Minority Leader until she was stripped of her title for her vocal opposition to President Trump at the Women’s March in Hawaii.
Citing racism, sexism, and differences in values, Beth left the Republican Party where she had been labeled a “Progressive Republican” for her efforts to end income inequality and push improvements to women’s health care. After a rigorous vetting process, the Democratic Party of Hawaii agreed that Beth’s values and votes aligned, and she became an official member of the Democratic Party. Honolulu’s local newspaper, Star-Advertiser wrote, “Fukumoto is one of the most credible local critics of President Donald Trump.”