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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Ige Leads Hanabusa In Campaign Fundraising For Governor’s Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Leads Hanabusa In Campaign Fundraising For Governor’s Race

State Sen. Jill Tokuda tops lieutenant governor candidates, bringing in more donations than her four rivals.

Chad Blair: Media Isn’t Ready To Let Ige Put Missile Alert Behind Him Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Media Isn’t Ready To Let Ige Put Missile Alert Behind Him

The governor wanted to talk about issues and accomplishments. Reporters were waiting with questions about the false alarm.
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Ige Calls Homelessness Hawaii’s Biggest Problem In State Of State Speech

UPDATED: The governor cited accomplishments, but some legislative critics said his address was short on specifics.
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Hawaii Distributed Phony Image Of Missile Warning Screen

Gov. David Ige's office sent out a screenshot of menu options for emergency warnings that it thought was real.
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General Will Review Why Hawaii Sent Out False Nuke Alarm

The initial review ordered by Gov. David Ige is due in 30 days, with a final report due in 60 days.
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Hanabusa Launches Campaign With Swipe At ‘Rudderless’ Ige

The Hawaii congresswoman says state government is "adrift" and needs a course correction.
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Chad Blair: Why Colleen Hanabusa Can’t Sit Still

The Hawaii congresswoman talks about ambition, office-hopping and her quest for the Hawaii governor's office.
An Inside Look At Ige’s Request For Millions More In Education Spending Cory Lum/Civil Beat

An Inside Look At Ige’s Request For Millions More In Education Spending

It’s far less than the DOE sought, but there’s hope for “more of a focus on education” in state government.

Gov. Ige Makes Two Cabinet Appointments Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gov. Ige Makes Two Cabinet Appointments

The governor named a temporary replacement for the outgoing State Budget Director, and a new head for the Human Resources Development Department.

Ige Seeks $1.5 Billion Budget Hike For Infrastructure, Capital Improvements Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Ige Seeks $1.5 Billion Budget Hike For Infrastructure, Capital Improvements

The Legislature will consider approving the governor’s supplemental spending request when lawmakers reconvene next year.

Neal Milner: Inner-Party Squabbles Could Shake Up Governor’s Race Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Inner-Party Squabbles Could Shake Up Governor’s Race

If power struggles within the Democratic and Republican parties nationally are transplanted to the islands, all bets are off.

Why Gov. Ige’s Secret Talks With Airbnb Have So Many People Upset Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Gov. Ige’s Secret Talks With Airbnb Have So Many People Upset

A backlash is brewing against a potential deal for the company to collect Hawaii taxes — in part, because no one knows what’s in the agreement.