David Ige

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David Ige was elected as Hawaii’s eighth governor in 2014, defeating incumbent Gov. Neil Abercrombie in the Democratic primary, and Republican Duke Aiona and Hawaii Independent Party member Mufi Hannemann in the general election

Ige became the first candidate to ever upset an incumbent Hawaii governor in a primary election, despite being outspent by Abercrombie by more than a 10-1 ratio.

Ige took office Dec. 1, 2014, becoming the second person of Japanese descent to be elected governor of Hawaii (the first being George Ariyoshi), and the first person of Okinawan descent to be elected governor of any state.

Prior to becoming governor, Ige had been a state senator since 1994 representing District 16, which covers Pearl City, Waimalu, Pacific Palisades and parts of Aiea. As chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means, he was a key figure in state budget discussions. He held other leadership positions during his Senate tenure, including majority floor leader and majority technology leader.

Ige also served in the state House of Representatives for nine years.

During a 34-year career as an electrical engineer and project manager, Ige served as program/project manager with Robert A. Ige and Associates, Inc., vice president of engineering at NetEnterprise, and Project Engineer/Senior Principal Engineer at Pihana Pacific. Before that, he worked as an engineer for GTE Hawaiian Tel for more than 18 years.

David Yutaka Ige was born Jan. 15, 1957, and was raised in Pearl City. He graduated from Pearl City High School in 1975. He received his degree in electrical engineering from the University of Hawaii in 1979, as well as an MBA in 1985.

A Buddhist, he and his wife, Dawn, have three children: Lauren, Amy, and Matthew.

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GOP Rep. Andria Tupola To Run For Hawaii Governor

The Hawaii House minority leader is expected to formally announce her candidacy in November.

Ige Taps Transportation Department Head To Join Staff Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Ige Taps Transportation Department Head To Join Staff

Ford Fuchigami will become the governor’s administrative director Nov. 1.

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Helping Those Who Help Their Kupuna: State Aid Program Takes Shape

The Legislature approved a $600,000 effort to help people who give up their time, work and financial security to help relatives.

Hanabusa Gears Up For Gubernatorial Race Against Ige Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hanabusa Gears Up For Gubernatorial Race Against Ige

The congresswoman files papers to form a campaign committee. Meanwhile, state senators Will Espero and Josh Green are running for lieutenant government.

Hanabusa Considering Run For Hawaii Governor Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hanabusa Considering Run For Hawaii Governor

The congresswoman also supports an audit of Honolulu’s rail agency, saying the early years of the project have not been adequately scrutinized.

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Neal Milner: Trump, Caldwell And Ige Took Different Paths To Unpopularity

The president, the mayor and the governor have divergent stories, but they’ve ended up in the same political place: the dumps.

National Poll Finds That David Ige Is One Of The Least Popular Governors Cory Lum/Civil Beat

National Poll Finds That David Ige Is One Of The Least Popular Governors

Hawaii’s chief executive had an approval rating below 50 percent in the survey, unlike most other governors.

Hawaii Governor Vetoes Aquarium Fishing Bill, 12 Others Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Governor Vetoes Aquarium Fishing Bill, 12 Others

Gov. David Ige faced a heavy lobbying campaign from both sides on a bill phasing out commercial collection of fish for the aquarium industry.

Ige Signs Bill To Unite Married Couple In Care Facility For Elderly Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Signs Bill To Unite Married Couple In Care Facility For Elderly

After balking two years ago, state officials now feel there are sufficient safeguards to prevent private-paying clients from displacing those on Medicaid.

DLNR Urges Ige To Veto Bill Phasing Out Aquarium Fishing In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

DLNR Urges Ige To Veto Bill Phasing Out Aquarium Fishing In Hawaii

The head of Hawaii’s aquatic resource division said he’s not sure lawmakers “knew what they were doing” when they passed the bill.

Hawaii Pushes Back Against Trump Policies Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Pushes Back Against Trump Policies

At least 12 actions opposing the administration range from a lawsuit challenging Trump’s travel ban to a letter protesting harsh new sentencing guidelines.

 

Pod Squad: A Conversation With Gov. David Ige Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: A Conversation With Gov. David Ige

Now in his third year as Hawaii’s governor, he responds to his recent low poll ratings and points to what his administration is doing right.