Background


EDUCATION:
Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D. 2001
University of Hawaii at Manoa, B.A. 1997
Pearl City High School, 1992

PROFESSIONAL:
Jon Riki Karamatsu, Attorney at Law, 2011-Present
– Reviewing and Drafting Commercial Leases, 2015-Present
– Reviewing and Drafting Business Contracts, 2015-Present
– Negotiating Contracts, 2015-Present
– Government Permit Applications, 2014-Present
– Drafting Rules and Laws, 2002-Present
– Testifying before the Hawaii State Legislature, 2010-Present
– Legal and Legislative Research, 1998-Present
– Negotiation, mediation, and arbitration, 2016-Present.
– Litigation in Criminal Law, 2011-2015

President and Owner, JRK Enterprises LLC, 2002-Present
– Transactional Law (Negotiating & drafting business contracts, lease agreements), April 2015-Present
– Government Affairs & Public Affairs (Rules, laws, permits, tax credits, grants, loans, bonds, media), April 2015-Present
– Entertainment Events: Producing music events with GEKD, Inc., 2014-2015
– Internet Retail: Selling Hawaiian and Island-Themed Products, 2002-2012

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, City and County of Honolulu, 2010-Present
– Legislative Division, 2010-2015
– Domestic Violence/Juvenile Offender Division – Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Unit, 2013-2014
– Misdemeanor/Traffic Division, 2011-2014

Representative, Hawaii State House of Representatives, 2002-2010
– Represented Waikele, Waipahu, Village Park, Royal Kunia

Real Estate License, 2007 (Inactive)
Teacher, Kyoiku Juku Ltd., 2002
Legislative Assistant, Hawaii State Senator Carol Fukunaga, 2002
Clerk, Kapiolani Women`s Center, 2000
Law Clerk, Corporation Counsel, City and County of Honolulu, 1999
Legislative Assistant, Hawaii State Representative K. Mark Takai, 1997-1998
Service Representative, Duty Free Shoppers Hawaii, 1992-1996

POLITICAL OFFICE:
Hawaii State House of Representatives, 2002-2010

Hawaii State House Leadership Positions:
Chair, Judiciary Committee, 2008-2010
Majority Whip, 2004-2006, 2008
Vice Chair, Water, Land, Ocean Resources & Hawaiian Affairs Committee, 2008
Vice Speaker of the Hawaii State House of Representatives, 2006-2008
Chair, Economic Development & Business Concerns Committee, 2005-2006
Vice Chair, Tourism & Culture Committee, 2002-2005

Hawaii State House Committees:
Judiciary Committee, 2005-2006, 2008-2010
Consumer Protection & Commerce Committee, 2005-2006, 2008-2010
Finance Committee, 2002-2005, 2008
Water, Land, Ocean Resources & Hawaiian Affairs Committee, 2008
Energy & Environmental Protection Committee, 2008
Legislative Management Committee, 2006-2008
Tourism & Culture Committee, 2002-2006
Economic Development & Business Concerns Committee, 2002-2006
Agriculture Committee, 2002-2006

COMMUNITY:
Jodo Mission of Hawaii, 2006-Present
– President, 2011-Present
– Vice President, 2006-2011
Hiroshima Kenjinkai, 2009-Present
Yamaguchi Kenjinkai, 2010-Present
Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce, 2004-2012
Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, 2004-2012
Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, 2010
Peace Day Hawaii Committee, 2007-2010
– Chair, 2007-2009
Waikele Elementary School, School Community Council (SCC), 2008-2010
Waipahu Business Association, August 2004-2010
Waipahu Community Association, 2003-2010
Waipahu Community Response Plan, 2002
Youth Leadership Counselor, 2001
Women`s Law Caucus, Gonzaga University School of Law, 1999-2000
Pearl City Neighborhood Board No. 21, 1997-1998
Associated Students of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1996-1997
– Vice President, 1997
– Senator, 1996-1997
Eagle Scout, Troop 75 and Team 75, 1981-1992

HONORS:
Legislator of the Year, Hawaii Medical Association, 2009
Champion of Small Business, The National Coalition for Capital, 2008
Forty Under 40, Pacific Business News, 2007
Legislator of the Year, University of Hawaii Professional Assembly, 2006
Center for Women Policy Studies’ National Honor Roll of State Legislators, 2004
Flemming Fellows, Center For Policy Alternatives, 2004 Class
Western Legislative Academy, Council of State Governments-West, 2003 Class
“Bouquet of Flowers” for Good Government Deeds, Hawaii Pro-Democracy Initiative, 2003
Top 30 Under 30, Honorable Mention, PoliticalCircus.com, 2002
Eagle Scout, 1992