Representative Cindy Evans is a veteran legislator serving her seventh term in the Hawai’i State House of Representatives representing North Kona, North Kohala, and South Kohala on the Island of Hawai’i. The growing West Hawai’i district has over 28,000 residents and includes the Pohakuloa Military Training Area, Kawaihae Harbor, the famed resorts of the Kohala coast, pristine shorelines, prime agricultural and pastoral lands, and significant historical and cultural heritage sites.
Currently, Evans serves as the Majority Floor Leader and is a member of the following House Committees: Energy & Environment Protection, Legislative Management, Water & Land, and Ocean, Marine Resources, & Hawaiian Affairs.
Formerly, Evans served as House Majority Floor Leader for four years (2009-2013), Chair of the House Committee on Water & Land (2012-2014), and Chair of the House Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (2006-2008). As Chair of the House Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs, Evans attended the christening of the Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine USS Hawai’i (SSN 776) berthed at the General Dynamics, Electric Boat Shipyard, Groton, Connecticut on June 17, 2006, and was a guest onboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier (9CVN-76) during RIMPAC 2012. Evans facilitated a Veteran & Military Appreciation Day, including a Hire a Hero Job Fair, on November 3, 2012.
Representative Evans has represented the State of Hawai’i internationally. She was one of twelve elected officials nationwide chosen to participate in the 2009 NCSL sponsored Saudi Arabia Exchange Visit. The group visited the Saudi Arabian Investment Authority, the King Faisal Specialist Hospital, and the newly opened King Abdullah University for Science and Technology, the first co-educational institution of higher learning in the Kingdom’s history. Delegates also met with Saudi officials, including their counterparts at the Majlis al Shura, Saudi Arabia’s legislative body. In May 2014, Evans was part of a delegation of legislative leaders to represent the State of Hawai’i in Taiwan.
Evans is a graduate of Evergreen State College with a B.A. in Business Management, Western Legislators Academy, and the Council of State Governments Henry Toll Fellowship program which is one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials. She also is an active member on the Council of State Governments and Vice Chair for the State & Federal Relations Committee. This year, Evans will serve as a member in a subcommittee on the House Committee on Finance to address the unfunded liability of the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund. She was a former Trustee for the Historic Hawai’i Foundation, past-President of the Waikoloa Village Outdoor Circle, and currently a Board Member for Mental Health Kokua.