Nov 07, 2012
I just picked up on Google+ that Mazie Keiko Hirono has just become the first Buddhist elected to the US Senate.
Hirono is the U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district, serving since 2007. She is a member of the Democratic Party, and is currently Senator-elect for Hawaii filling the seat being vacated by Daniel Akaka.
She will be the first female senator from Hawaii, the first Asian-American woman elected to the Senate, the first senator born in Japan, and the nation’s first Buddhist senator. That’s quite a collection of firsts.
She considers herself a non-practicing Buddhist, but when sworn in she said
“I don’t have a book [to swear upon] … But I certainly believe in the precepts of Buddhism and that of …