Mazie Hirono is sworn into the US Senate

Also  Mazie and Tulsi are breaking congressional barriers by becoming the first Buddhist and Hindu, respectively, to serve in Congress

Tulsi Gabbard further discusses being the first to use the Bhagavad Gita when sworn into the House of Representatives

And Ami Bera becomes the third Indian American member of the US Congress


Mazie Hirono Official Senate Assignments

on December 12, 2012 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid officially announced Senate Committee Assignments for 113th Congress: 

Here are Mazie’s Committee Assignments!

Energy & Natural Resources 

Focuses on the following major areas:  energy resources and development, including regulation, conservation, strategic petroleum reserves and appliance standards; nuclear energy; Indian affairs; public lands and their renewable resources; surface mining, Federal coal, oil, and gas, other mineral leasing; territories and insular possessions; and water resources.


This committee focuses on legislation related to  terrorism, human rights, immigration law, intellectual property rights, antitrust law, and Internet privacy. Also, considers the President’s nominees for federal judges including Supreme Court justices as well as provide oversight of the Department of Justice.

Veterans’ Affairs 

This committee focuses on unemployment assistance, education, vocational training, housing and business loan guarantees, as well as the traditional medical and pension benefits.

Looks like Mazie will be a busy woman! Definitely working on issues she campaigned on such as environment/energy issues and veterans’ affairs