Senator Will Espero is the son of Victor Dungca Espero and Paulina Calip Espero originally from the Philippines. Senator Espero's father served in the U.S. Navy for 21 years, and the senator was born at the U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka, Japan in 1960. As a Navy dependent, the senator lived in Washington state, California, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Cuba, Japan and Italy while growing up.
In 1982, Will Espero graduated from Seattle University with a degree in Business Management. Later that year, he moved to Hawaii where he has lived the last 34 years.
Prior to serving in the Legislature, he worked in the finance/banking industry, property management, the administration of Frank Fasi, the Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii, and with a local home developer. In December 1999, Espero was appointed to the Hawaii House of Representatives by Governor Ben Cayetano.
Senator Espero has served in the legislature for 16 years. He is in his 4th term in the State Senate where he serves as the vice-president of the Senate and vice-chair of the Public Safety, Intergovernmental Government, and Military Affairs Committee.
The senator has three children and one grandson. His oldest son, Sean, is a Captain in the United States Marine Corp. Jason works at the Waikiki Health Center helping and assisting the homeless. Jasmine Tiana is a fitness specialist and mother of Xavier.
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At Washington Place speaking during the visit of mayors from the Philippines. The cities of these mayors have Sister-City relationships with the counties.
William Sean Espero (eldest son, center) is a Captain in the USMC who had been deployed to Afghanistan last year.
At Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
With Baby Xavier and Jasmine Tiana
Mom and dad prepared a turkey meal through the church for elderly and disabled at West Loch Village during Thanksgiving.
A visit to Pasadena, California for a family wedding. Summer 2011
The Espero ohana celebrates Jason's graduation from U.H. Manoa. Jason currently works at the Waikiki Health Center helping the homeless. Jasmine Tiana attends Leeward Community College.
Sean Espero, third from right, and family celebrate his recent commissioning from Officer Candidate's School, U.S. Marine Corps. Dec. 2009
Victor and Paulina Espero are originally from the Philippines (Bacnotan, La Union and Santiago, Ilocos Sur respectively). When Victor enlisted with the US Navy, he was stationed in Yokosuka, Japan where Senator Espero was born in 1960. This photo from 1961 shows the family relaxing at their home.
As a Navy family, the Esperos lived around the world; California, Washington, Georgia, Virginia, Florida, Cuba, Italy, and Japan. Senator Espero has lived in Hawaii for 28 years.
Christmas time at the Espero residence.
(Will, Nick, Noelle, Jasmine Tiana, Wm Sean, Jason, Grandpa, Grandma)
A fundraiser event at the Mandalay Restaurant with family and friends.
Soda Creek, Ewa By Gentry - Ewa Beach, Hawaii, USA
HONOLULU HALE WITH FRANK FASI
This photo, taken in the 1990s, was when Senator Espero worked for Mayor Frank Fasi. The senator was in charge of Oahu's Neighborhood Board system. Notice the hair on the senator's head.
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