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Hours Until Hawaii Congressman-Elect Djou is Sworn In

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By Malia Zimmerman

The last 30 plus hours have been a whirlwind for Charles Djou and that intense pace isn’t set to end any time soon.
Saturday, May 22, just past 6 p.m., surrounded by more than 300 supporters at the Hawaii GOP headquarters and under the national spotlight, Djou was declared the special election winner for Congressional District 1.

With 39.5 percent of the vote, Djou, a Honolulu City Council Member and US Army Reserves JAG officer, beat out two prominent Democratic candidates including Congressman Ed Case (2002-2007) who had 27.5 percent and Senate President Colleen Hanabusa who had just over 30.8 percent of the all mail election ballots.

Sunday, Djou called to thank contributors, met with media about his plans for the next 7 months in congress, and packed for his trip to Washington D.C.

Monday, at 4 p.m., Djou leaves for the nation’s capitol.

If all goes on schedule and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gives her approval, by Tuesday at 5 p.m., Djou should be sworn in as Hawaii’s next Congressman.

Djou won’t be traveling to his new second home alone. Wife Stacey, his 17-year-old son, and his daughters, 7, and 3, will be making the trip. His family is “excited, tired and overwhelmed,” but “looking forward to an amazing opportunity.” Wife and kids will remain with Djou for a few weeks in Washington D.C. before returning to Hawaii; Djou will commute back and forth. When asked how his kids are taking the news, he says jokingly that his 17 year old is “too cool to admit interest”; his 7 year old is “excited about seeing Washington D.C.” and his 3 year old “has no idea yet that she is going on a plane.”

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