Roz has represented the people of Maui County in the Hawai‘i State Legislature for over 25 years serving in a variety of leadership positions. Currently, she is Chair of the Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health Committee.
State Senate Committees: 2014-2018
- Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health (Chair)
- Economic Development, Tourism, and Technology
- Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs
As Chair of the Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health Committee, Roz championed Kupuna Care services for elders and Kupuna Caregivers program to help employed caregivers stay in the workforce while ensuring their loved ones receive the services they need. She fought for reforms in fair housing and foreclosure laws creating landmark legislation that helps distressed homeowners get a fair shake and ensure homeowners are protected against fraudulent mortgage rescue schemes. Under her leadership, numerous measures were successfully introduced including ones to modernize insurance regulations, strengthen identity theft laws, improve access to quality health, emergency services and hospital care, and fought for equity in the workplace and policies like the earned income tax credit to help families struggling to make ends meet.
As a cancer survivor, Roz has been a longtime volunteer, currently serving as the Chair of Board of Directors for American Cancer Society Hawai‘i Pacific. She was also recognized by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network for her advocacy and legislative work in prevention, cancer control, and related issues on behalf of cancer patients.
Roz has been a long-time advocate for issues that affect the quality of life for the average person including:
- Access to health care
- Quality public education
- Equity in the workplace
- Equal rights for all
She also has special interest in community issues such as:
- Prevention of domestic violence and sex assault
- Care for elders
- Sustainable economic development focusing on green industries
- Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) careers
- Renewable energy
- Preservation of Hawaii's natural resources and host culture
In a prior life:
Prior to moving to Hawai‘i in 1980, Roz was a lobbyist for the National Education Association in Washington, D.C.
She graduated from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University at San Marcos) with a B.A. in political science and speech and a secondary teaching certificate and post-graduate studies at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette (now University of Louisiana Lafayette).