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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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.

Is Hawaii Aquarium Fishing Headed For A ‘Slow-Motion Shutdown’? FromSandToGlass/Flickr

Is Hawaii Aquarium Fishing Headed For A ‘Slow-Motion Shutdown’?

A bill supported by environmental groups would prevent the state from issuing new permits for commercial collection of aquarium fish.

Civil Beat Poll: Gov. David Ige Could Be In Trouble In 2018 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Poll: Gov. David Ige Could Be In Trouble In 2018

Hawaii voters responding to our poll prefer “someone else” over the incumbent by a wide margin.

Hawaii Public Utilities Commission Gets A New Member — For Now Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Public Utilities Commission Gets A New Member — For Now

The governor has found a new member to serve after the Senate rejected his last choice.

Governor’s Political Fortunes May Rise With New Teachers’ Contract Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Governor’s Political Fortunes May Rise With New Teachers’ Contract

Many other union contracts are still being negotiated, but David Ige is being praised by the teachers union after it reached a deal with the state.

Committee Rejects Governor’s Choice For Utilities Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Committee Rejects Governor’s Choice For Utilities Commission

UPDATED But the full Senate will ultimately decide whether Tom Gorak’s appointment to the PUC will be confirmed.

Hawaii’s Governor Steps Gingerly Into GOP Power Circle Courtesy of Gov. David Ige's Office

Hawaii’s Governor Steps Gingerly Into GOP Power Circle

David Ige is in Washington meeting with everyone who he thinks might help the islands — including the newly empowered Republicans.

How Ige Plans To Cut $220 Million From His Budget Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Ige Plans To Cut $220 Million From His Budget

Lower tax revenue means less money for state programs and services.

Hawaii Governor Appoints Former Campaign Manager To Be Judge Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii Governor Appoints Former Campaign Manager To Be Judge

Keith Hiraoka was one of three appointments Gov. David Ige made to the 1st Circuit Court.

Money Sought To Protect Watersheds And Grow More Food Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Money Sought To Protect Watersheds And Grow More Food

Hawaii Gov. David Ige joins department heads asking legislators to approve funds for his Sustainable Hawaii Initiative.

Ige Promises Skeptical Lawmakers He’ll Supply More Budget Details Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Ige Promises Skeptical Lawmakers He’ll Supply More Budget Details

The Hawaii governor pushes for progress on education and economic development despite the fiscal uncertainty facing state government.

Text Of Gov. Ige’s State Of The State Address Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Text Of Gov. Ige’s State Of The State Address

The Hawaii Legislature met in a joint session to hear the governor’s annual speech, the third during David Ige’s first gubernatorial term.