Gov. David Ige
Governor of Hawaii
Governor David Ige is the State of Hawaii’s eighth Governor (Hawaii had eleven governors prior to becoming a state). He was inaugurated into office on December 1, 2014. Governor Ige grew up in Pearl City, Hawaii, and attended the University of Hawaii 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 has led a successful 34 year career as an electrical engineer and project manager, placing an emphasis on advocating responsible public policy.
Governor Ige served in the State House of Representatives from 1985 to 1995 and has served in the State Senate since 2003. During his time in the State Legislature, Ige has chaired nine different Senate and House committees, including the powerful Senate Ways and Means Committee for several years. As a legislator, Ige has worked to improve Hawaii’s information and telecommunications policies.
In the August 9th, 2014 Democratic Primary, Ige defeated incumbent Governor Neil Abercrombie. Although being outspent by over $4 million in the primary, Ige took 66 percent of the Democratic vote compared to Gov. Abercrombie’s 30.9%. Facing Lieutenant Governor Republican Duke Aiona and former Honolulu Mayor Independent Mufi Hannemann, Ige won the general election by a twelve percent margin.
Governor Ige and his wife Dawn have three children and reside in Pearl City, Hawaii. He is the son of Tokio Ige who received a Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart for his service during the Second World War.