Committee Assignments and Caucus Memberships

Senator Akaka is well-situated to have a direct impact on issues critical to Hawaii and the Nation. He serves on the following Senate committees:


COMMITTEE ON INDIAN AFFAIRS As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Senator Akaka works to bolster health care, education, housing and other vital programs for indigenous people, including Native Hawaiians, Alaska Natives, and American Indians.  It is necessary that the United States fulfill its responsibility to our nation's first people, our indigenous people and support their ability to exercise self-governance and self-determination.  Such action empowers our indigenous people to make significant strides to enhance their self-sufficiency, perpetuate their language and culture, and meet their unique needs.

COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS Senator Daniel K. Akaka is a senior member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. A strong and vocal advocate for veterans, Senator Akaka has served on the Committee since his arrival in the Senate in 1990, and served as the panel's Chairman from 2006 to 2010. Known for working in the spirit of aloha, Senator Akaka enjoys a productive working relationship with veteran service organizations, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and his Congressional colleagues.

COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES Senator Akaka is a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.  The Committee has oversight of our nation's military, including the Department of Defense, the Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy, the Department of the Air Force, the pay, promotion, retirement, and other benefits and privileges of members of the Armed Forces.  He is committed to ensuring that the men and women of our Armed Forces have the training and equipment they need to remain the best fighting force in the world. Senator Akaka works tirelessly to ensure that the needs of our service members and their families remain a top priority.

Senator Akaka currently serves on the Personnel, Seapower, and Readiness and Management Support Subcommittees.

COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS The Committee's broad legislative and oversight responsibilities have led to greater accountability, responsiveness, and efficiency in federal government. Hawaii's 58,000 federal employees, emergency management and homeland security employees, and retirees, and the state's 2,665 postal workers are served by the Committee. Senate oversight of the Department of Homeland Security, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, rests with the Committee. The federal preparedness for and response to major disasters are under the Committee's purview, including state and local grants.

  • Chairman, Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia The Subcommittee has jurisdiction over the management of all departments, agencies, and programs of the federal government, including the Management Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security; the Federal Civil Service; national security staffing; relations between the federal government and state and local governments; relations between the federal government and international organizations of which the U.S. is a member; and the District of Columbia.
  • Member, Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security
  • Member, Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery and Intergovernmental Affairs

COMMITTEE ON BANKING, HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS Senator Akaka continues working to improve the regulatory framework of our financial system and enhance consumer and investor protections.  The committee's areas of jurisdiction include, but are not limited to: banking, insurance, financial markets, securities, housing, urban development and mass transit, international trade and finance, and economic policy.


DEMOCRATIC STEERING AND OUTREACH COMMITTEE As Vice-Chairman of this Senate Democratic leadership committee, Senator Akaka is dedicated to fostering dialogue between Senate Democrats and community and industry leaders from across the nation.  Throughout the year, the Steering Committee brings in advocates, policy experts, and elected officials to discuss key priorities to aid in the development of the Democratic agenda in the Senate.


  • Afterschool Caucus
  • Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Executive Board
  • Congressional Biotechnology Caucus
  • Congressional Coalition on Adoption
  • Congressional Fire Services Caucus
  • Congressional Friends of Human Rights Monitors
  • Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
  • Congressional Port Security Caucus
  • Congressional Postal Caucus, Co-Chair
  • Congressional Public Service Caucus, Co-Chair
  • Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
  • Diabetes Caucus
  • Defend Social Security Caucus
  • International Conservation Caucus
  • Korea Caucus, Co-Chair
  • National Guard Caucus
  • Senate Anti-Meth Caucus
  • Senate Army Caucus, Co-Chair
  • Senate Bike Caucus
  • Senate Caucus on Natural Hazards
  • Senate Cultural Caucus
  • Senate Hunger Caucus
  • Senate Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus
  • Senate Impact Aid Caucus
  • Senate Military Family Caucus
  • Senate Oceans Caucus
  • Senate Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
  • Senate Rural Health Caucus
  • Senate Sweetener Caucus
  • Senate Tourism Caucus
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education) Caucus

Constituent Services

  • Washington D.C. Office
  • Honolulu Office
  • Hilo Office

United States Senate

141 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

Telephone: (202) 224-6361

Fax: (202) 224-2126


Honolulu Office

300 Ala Moana Blvd., Rm. 3-106

Box 50144

Honolulu, HI 96850

Telephone: (808) 522-8970

Fax: (808) 545-4683


Hilo Office

101 Aupuni Street, Suite 213

Hilo, HI 96720

Telephone: (808) 935-1114

Fax: (808) 935-9064