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David Ige

David Ige
8th Governor of Hawaii
Assumed office
December 1, 2014
Lieutenant Shan Tsutsui
Preceded by Neil Abercrombie
Member of the Hawaii Senate
from the 16th district
In office
January 15, 2003 – December 1, 2014
Preceded by Norman Sakamoto
Succeeded by Breene Harimoto
Member of the Hawaii Senate
from the 17th district
In office
January 15, 1995 – January 15, 2003
Preceded by Eloise Tungpalan
Succeeded by Ron Menor
Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives
from the 34th district
In office
January 15, 1993 – January 15, 1995
Preceded by Suzanne Chun Oakland
Succeeded by Mark Takai
Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives
from the 43rd district
In office
December 2, 1985 – January 15, 1993
Preceded by Arnold Morgado
Succeeded by Henry Peters
Personal details
Born David Yutaka Ige
(1957-01-15) January 15, 1957
Pearl City, Hawaii, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Dawn Ige
Children 3
Alma mater University of Hawaii, Manoa
Religion Buddhism

David Yutaka Ige (; born January 15, 1957) is an American politician who serves as the eighth and current Governor of Hawaii, in office since 2014. A Democrat, he previously served in the Hawaii State Senate, representing the 16th district, from 1995 to 2014. In the 2014 Hawaii gubernatorial election, he won the Democratic primary by defeating incumbent Governor Neil Abercrombie with 66% of the vote. Ige defeated Republican Duke Aiona and Independent Mufi Hannemann in the general election with 49.5% of the vote. He assumed office on December 1, 2014, becoming the fourth native-born Governor of Hawaii.


  • Early life and college 1
  • Engineering career 2
  • Political career 3
    • 2012 re-election campaign 3.1
    • 2014 campaign for governor 3.2
    • Inauguration 3.3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life and college

David Ige was born and raised in Pearl City, Hawaii, and is the fifth of six sons of Tokio and Tsurue Ige. During World War II, Tokio served in the 100th Battalion/442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team[1] and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After the war, his father worked as a steelworker on construction projects while his mother worked as a nurse and dental hygienist. Tokio Ige died in 2005 at the age of 86. Tsurue, now retired, resides in Pearl City.

David Ige attended public schools in Pearl City – Pearl City Elementary School, Highlands Intermediate School, and Pearl City High School. He also participated in community sports, beginning with eight years of playing in the Pearl City Little League. At the newly built Pearl City High School, Ige excelled in many activities. In his junior year, he was elected student body vice president, and he served as senior class president the following year. Ige also led his varsity tennis team to a championship and was honored as the “Scholar-Athlete of the Year.” He graduated fifth in his class of more than 500 students in 1975.[2]

Despite being accepted into M.I.T., Ige attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. While at UH, he served as student body secretary and an officer of several honor societies as well as treasurer and vice-president of his fraternity, Phi Delta Sigma.

UH is where Ige met his wife, Dawn, with whom he has three children, Lauren, Amy, and Matthew.

Engineering career

After college, while working for GTE Hawaiian Tel, Ige took graduate courses at UH and earned a Master of Business Administration degree in decisions sciences. In 1986, Hawaii Business Magazine named him one of the university’s Top 10 MBA students.

He went on to become a successful electrical engineer and project manager with a 34-year career devoted to information technology, telecommunications, networks, and responsible public policy.

Prior to being elected governor of Hawaii, 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, which established the first world-class data center and carrier-neutral Internet exchange in Hawaii and the Pacific. Before that, he worked as an engineer for GTE Hawaiian Tel for more than 18 years.

Political career

Ige was originally appointed to the Honolulu City Council.[3][4] He has served in the Hawaii State Senate since 1994.[5] During his legislative career, Ige has served as the chairman of nine different committees.[6] He focused much of his career as a legislator on information and telecommunications policy.[6] In the Legislature, he co-authored the Hawaii Telecommunications and Information Industries Act that established the state information network and created the Hawaii Information Network Corporation. He has also been at the center of Hawaii’s efforts to diversify its economy. Ige was responsible for establishing seed capital and venture capital programs, software development initiatives, and technology transfer programs.

2012 re-election campaign

Ige won reelection to the Hawaii State Senate in 2012, after defeating Republican challenger and former U.S. Naval Air crewman, Army Captain, and small business executive Mike Greco.[7] Greco was the first challenger Ige faced in a general election in over a decade.[8]

2014 campaign for governor

Ige ran against incumbent Neil Abercrombie in the Democratic primary for the 2014 gubernatorial election.[5][9] Though he was outspent in the race by the incumbent, Ige defeated Abercrombie by 66% to 31%.[10] [11][12] Ige's victory made him the first candidate to ever defeat an incumbent Governor of Hawaii in a primary election.[13]

Ige faced Republican Duke Aiona and Independent Mufi Hannemann in the general election. He won the election by 12%.[14]


Ige was sworn in as the eighth governor of Hawaii on December 1, 2014, with Lieutenant Governor person of Okinawan descent to be elected governor of a U.S. state.[16]

Governor Ige's inauguration theme of "honoring the past and charting a new tomorrow" was on display throughout the ceremony, which paid tribute to his father who served in the 100th Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team of the U.S. Army during World War II alongside the late U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye.[15]


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External links

  • Profile at Project Vote Smart
  • David Ige for Governor Official campaign site
  • Office of the Governor, State of Hawaii "Hawaii governor's office site"
Party political offices
Preceded by
Neil Abercrombie
Democratic nominee for Governor of Hawaii
Most recent
Political offices
Preceded by
Neil Abercrombie
Governor of Hawaii
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Joe Biden
as Vice President
Order of Precedence of the United States
Within Hawaii
Succeeded by
Mayor of city
in which event is held
Succeeded by
Otherwise Paul Ryan
as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bill Walker
as Governor of Alaska
Order of Precedence of the United States
Outside Hawaii
Succeeded by
Acting heads of executive departments
Succeeded by
Otherwise Walter Mondale
as Former Vice President
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