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Mark J. Bennett has served as Attorney General of Hawaii since January 3, 2003, appointed by Governor Linda Lingle. He was the first Republican to be appointed to the office in forty years. From August 25 to September 3, 2004, Bennett assumed the constitutional role as acting Governor of Hawaii during the absence of both the governor and lieutenant governor from the state.

Bennett is married to attorney Patricia Tomi Ohara.


In 1976, Bennett obtained his bachelor of arts degree in political science from Union Collegemarker. In 1979, he obtained his doctorate of jurisprudence from Cornell Universitymarker. It was at Cornell that Bennett sat on the Board of Editors of the Law Review. Upon leaving law school, Bennett was hired to work as a law clerk for Samuel P. King, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.


After a successful year under the tutelage of King, from 1980 to 1982 Bennett served as Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, DCmarker. He was then transferred and served as Assistant United States Attorney in Honolulu, Hawaiimarker until 1990. In 1991, Bennett went into private legal practice as a partner at the firm of McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP. At the same time, he worked pro-bono for the Attorney General's Office and taught at the William S. Richardson School of Law.

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