Richard Borreca
Special to the Hawai‘i Herald

When a national controversy flared first with the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1991, and then 27 years later with Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the nation’s highest court, Hawai‘i played a role in both debates.

In 1991, although she was in the House of Representatives and not the Senate, which would decide on the Thomas nomination, U.S. Rep. Patsy (Takemoto) Mink was a decisive voice in helping to lead opposition.

Mink was one of seven female House members that marched to the Senate, demanding that it hold a hearing on the allegations that Thomas had sexually harassed Anita Hill, an aide to Thomas.

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