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Josh Green
Hawaii

Gov. Josh Green

  • December 5, 2022 - Current
  • Democratic
  • February 11, 1970
  • Pennsylvania
  • Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pittsburgh
  • Married to Jaime Kanani Ushiroda, with two children
  • Physician

About

Josh Green is a physician, husband, and father of two who has dedicated his life to caring for Hawaii families.

Dr. Green was born in Kingston, New York, and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and completed his medical training at Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pittsburgh. Upon finishing his residency, Dr. Green joined the National Health Service Corps and was stationed in Hawaii in 2000. He began his life’s work as a family and emergency room physician in rural hospitals and clinics on Hawaii island (Big Island).

Serving, at times as the only physician, in rural districts of Hawaii island, acquainted Dr. Green with Hawaii’s rich culture and people. Additionally, he witnessed firsthand the lack of healthcare resources in those areas, which he shares was his inspiration to begin his local political career and bring a voice to underserved communities. In 2004, Dr. Green was elected to the Hawaii State House of Representatives and served until 2008. Following his time as a state representative, Dr. Green served in the Hawaii State Senate from 2008 to 2018 when he was elected as Hawaii’s 14th lieutenant governor

As Lt. Governor, when he saw the need for real solutions on homelessness, he helped build kauhale communities and the H4 clinic to provide housing and care for those in need. When a measles epidemic hit Samoa in 2019, Josh led a team of doctors and nurses from Hawaii, and within 48 hours they vaccinated 37,000 people and protected Samoa’s children. Just a few months later COVID hit Hawaii, and as COVID liaison Josh led the largest healthcare response in state history, pulling Hawaii together to vaccinate over a million people.

Dr. Green married his wife Jaime Kanani Ushiroda, from Kaneohe, in 2006. They are the proud parents of daughter Maia, and son Sam. They enjoy playing board games together and frequenting Honolulu’s many farmers markets in their free time. Dr. Green remains an avid fan of his hometown football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. He continues to serve as an emergency room physician twice monthly on weekends on Hawaii island.

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