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Bob McDermott

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Preceded by  Sharon Har
Residence  Puunui, Hawaii
Preceded by  Robert Bunda
Name  Bob McDermott

Nationality  American
Party  Republican Party
Political party  Republican
Succeeded by  Lynn Finnegan
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Born  August 5, 1963 (age 52) (1963-08-05)
Alma mater  Chaminade University of Honolulu
Role  Member of Hawaii House of Representatives
Education  Chaminade University of Honolulu
Office  Member of Hawaii House of Representatives since 2013

Hawaii state rep bob mcdermott no protection to female veteran

Bob McDermott (born August 5, 1963) is an American politician and a Republican member of the Hawaii House of Representatives since January 16, 2013 representing District 40. McDermott previously served three terms in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1997 until 2003, but left to run to represent Hawaii's 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.


Hawaii state rep bob mcdermott fishes for testimony about bug chasers


McDermott is a 1981 graduate of Upper Perkiomen High School in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania. He earned his BA in economics and his MBA from Chaminade University of Honolulu.

Political views

McDermott made headlines in 2013 for his vocal opposition to same-sex marriage. It ultimately became law, and Bob McDermott turned his focus on Pono Choice, a sex education course in Hawaii. On January 8, 2014, McDermott held a press conference where he gave a presentation on "oral sex," "vaginal sex," and "anal sex." The press conference gained national attention and many experts called it an "obsession with sex".

2018 gubernatorial run

McDermott announced his intent to run for Governor of Hawaii in the 2018 election on May 12, 2017.


On March 14, 2016, during a debate over the state budget, McDermott was caught yelling profanities at fellow Republicans for not volunteering time to him as he was at his limit of his allotted time. McDermott told his colleagues to "start acting like (expletive) Republicans" and "do your (expletive) job."

McDermott made headlines again on March 22, 2017, when during an interview with The Outline on Beth Fukumoto. McDermott attacked Fukumoto on her personal problems, such as her divorce, as reasons for her "directionless". This prompted many to rush to Fukumoto's defense, and accusing McDermott of sexism.


  • 2012 With Democratic Representative Sharon Har redistricted to District 42, McDermott was unopposed for the District 40 August 11, 2012 Republican Primary, winning with 754 votes, and won the November 6, 2012 General election with 3,249 votes (48.8%) against Democratic nominee Chris Manabat, who had won the six-way Democratic Primary in a field which included former Representative Romy Mindo.
  • 1996 When Democratic Representative Robert Bunda ran for Hawaii Senate and left the House District 32 seat open, McDermott was unopposed for the September 21, 1996 Republican Primary, winning with 304 votes, and won the November 5, 1996 General election with 2,483 votes (53.5%) against Democratic nominee Leonard Pepper.
  • 1998 McDermott was unopposed for the September 19, 1998 Republican Primary, winning with 304 votes, and won the November 3, 1998 General election with 2,796 votes (54.9%) against Democratic nominee Wilfred Tangonan.
  • 2000 McDermott was unopposed for the September 23, 2000 Republican Primary, winning with 785 votes, and won the November 7, 2000 General election with 2,686 votes (56.4%) against Democratic nominee Eddie Aguinaldo.
  • 2002 Expecting to challenge incumbent Democratic United States Representative Patsy Mink for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district seat, McDermott won the September 21, 2002 Republican Primary with 20,180 votes (49.5%); Mink had been hospitalized after announcing her re-election candidacy, and died the week after the primary, but too late to be replaced on the General election ballot; she was elected posthumously in the four-way November 5, 2002 General election. McDermott did not run in the November 30, 2002 Special election to succeed her in the interim, as an election to fill the remainder of her term was scheduled for January 4, 2003.
  • 2003 McDermott ran in the 91 candidate January 4, 2003 Special election to succeed Congresswoman Mink, but lost to Ed Case, who had won the interim special election, and held the seat until 2007.
  • References

    Bob McDermott Wikipedia

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