My Voice, Our Story Talks with Cielo

How to Handle Criticism with Rep. Adrian Tam

October 6, 2021

In this episode, Rep. Adrian Tam shares with us how to handle criticism so you do not let it get the best of you. He also tell us about his fascinating political career and what he has learned from it so far.  


Representative Adrian Tam was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is the proud graduate of Kalani High School, and received his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Upon graduating, Tam became a licensed real estate agent. In 2016, he worked as a temporary hire at the Hawaii State House of Representatives before moving to the Hawaii State Senate to work for Senator Stanley Chang from 2017- 2020.

In 2020, Tam launched a successful campaign for the Hawaii State House of Representatives.

He became a household name after defeating conservative proud’s boy leader in Hawaiian elections to become the only openly gay member of the Hawaii State Legislature.

Tam is currently the representative for Hawaii State House, District 22 serving Waikiki and Ala Moana.

He serves as Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Health, Human Services, and Homelessness, and Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Culture, Arts, and International Affairs, and as a member of the House Committee Finance.

This episode also covers:

  • Adrian’s unique family history and upbringing
  • The journey to becoming a politician. 
  • Why Authenticity matters 
  • Definition of Success


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