Big Island reps get new assignments

Rep. Mark Nakashima has been named vice speaker of the state House of Representatives.

Nakashima, a Democrat, represents District 1, covering Hamakua and portions of Hilo.

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Other Hawaii Island representatives named to leadership positions are:

• Rep. Nicole Lowen, majority whip and Energy & Environmental Protection Committee chairwoman;

• Rep. Richard Creagan, Agriculture Committee chairman;

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• Rep. Joy San Buenaventura, majority whip and Human Services & Homelessness Committee chairwoman;

• Rep. Richard Onishi, Tourism & International Affairs Committee chairman.

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