Representative Cynthia Thielen has served the 50th District (Kailua, Kaneohe Bay) in the Hawai‘i State Legislature since 1990 and is the Assistant Minority Floor Leader. Rep. Thielen is a ranking member of the Energy & Environmental Protection Committee, Judiciary, and Water & Land Committees and a member of the Ocean, Marine Resources & Hawaiian Affairs Committee.
Representative Thielen is a tireless advocate for the implementation of wave energy in Hawai‘i, and recently co-sponsored legislation which enables the State to aggressively pursue the goals set forth in the Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative. Representative Thielen also served as Co-Chair of the House Women’s Legislative Caucus and is a member of the Keiki, as well as Kupuna, Caucuses. She served as Vice Chair (2012-2014) for the Energy & Environmental Protection Committee and sponsors bills to protect Hawaii’s environment as well as improve the quality of life for Hawaii’s families. Most recently, she successfully fought against legislation exempting state and county projects from environmental review and county zoning.
Representative Cynthia Thielen attended Stanford University, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Hawai‘i, graduating with a degree in law. She is a founding member of the UH Law Review.