Rep. Beth Fukumoto was first elected in 2012. She is one of the youngest legislators ever to serve as the House Minority Floor Leader, an elected leadership position in the House of Representatives. She currently serves as the House Minority Leader, and is the youngest woman to serve as a state caucus leader in the country. Beth considers it a great privilege to represent the community in which she grew up, giving her a greater ability to effectively advocate for her constituents.
Prior to her election, Beth was the youngest woman to serve the state Legislature as Director of Research for the House Minority. She graduated with honors from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a B.A. in American Studies and an M.A. in English from Georgetown University. She was awarded a James Madison Fellowship by the Millennial Action Project for her demonstrated success in transcending partisan lines. In September 2013, The Daily Beast, a popular political blog, listed Beth as one of “Nine Women Remaking the Right.” Most recently, Beth was named as one of the Washington Post's "The Fix's 40 under 40" rising political stars. Recently, she was awarded the Aspen-Rodel Fellowship for demonstrating an outstanding ability to work responsibly across partisan divisions.
Beth was born and raised in Hawaii. She has lived most of her life in Mililani, where she attended Hanalani Schools.