HI-02

Patrick Branco

Hawaiʻi State Representative Patrick Pihana Branco is running to represent Hawaiʻi’s 2nd Congressional District. Branco is running to replace Congressman Kai Kahele who is retiring to run for governor. If elected, Branco would be Hawaiʻi’s first LGBTQ Member of Congress. He also would be the third Native Hawaiian since statehood to serve in Congress, behind Congressman Kahele and the late U.S. Senator Dan Akaka.

Patrick Pihana Branco is the State Representative for House District 50 (Kailua and Kāne‘ohe Bay). He was born and raised in Kailua and spent his summers at his family’s home on the Big Island. He graduated from the Kamehameha Schools and received his BA from Hawaiʻi Pacific University and MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. Drawn to public service, Patrick joined the U.S. Foreign Service as a Diplomat in 2012. Around the world, Patrick dedicated himself to promoting the values he grew up with in Hawaiʻi: equality, freedom of speech, and religious freedom. He served tours in Colombia, Pakistan, the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Secretary of State’s Operations Center, and Venezuela.