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David Ige

Governor of Hawaii

Governor David Ige is the 8th governor of the State of Hawai’i. He was inaugurated on December 1, 2014.

Governor Ige grew up in Pearl City, Hawai’i and attended the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. At UH, Ige earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Following graduation, Ige worked for a Hawaiian telecommunications company and proceeded to earn an MBA at UH in Decision Sciences. Ige led a successful 34-year career as an electrical engineer and project manager, placing an emphasis on responsible public policy.

Governor Ige served in the state House of Representatives from 1985 to 1995 and served in the state Senate from 1994 to 2014. During his time in the State Legislature, Ige chaired nine different Senate and House committees, including the powerful Senate Ways and Means Committee for several years.

As governor, Ige has worked to expand economic opportunity. Under Governor Ige, Hawai’i has committed more education funding directly into classrooms than any previous administration, modernized transportation infrastructure, and invested in innovation to create higher-wage jobs.

Governor Ige and his wife Dawn have three children, Lauren, Amy, and Matthew.