David Yutaka Ige (/ˈiːɡeɪ/; born January 15, 1957) is an American politician serving as the eighth governor of Hawaii. A Democrat, he previously served in the Hawaii State Senate. In the 2014 gubernatorial election, he won the Democratic primary over incumbent Governor Neil Abercrombie, and the general election over Republican nominee Duke Aiona. He was reelected in 2018.
|8th Governor of Hawaii|
|Assumed office |
December 1, 2014
|Preceded by||Neil Abercrombie|
|Member of the Hawaii Senate|
from the 16th district
January 15, 2003 – December 1, 2014
|Preceded by||Norman Sakamoto|
|Succeeded by||Breene Harimoto|
|Member of the Hawaii Senate|
from the 17th district
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
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
December 2, 1985 – January 15, 1993
|Preceded by||Arnold Morgado|
|Succeeded by||Henry Haalilio Peters|
David Yutaka Ige
January 15, 1957
Pearl City, Hawaii, U.S.
|Education||University of Hawaii, Manoa (BS, MBA)|
Ige was born and raised in Pearl City, Hawaii, and is the fifth of six sons of Tokio and Tsurue Ige, ethnic Japanese Americans of Okinawan descent. During World War II, Tokio served in the 100th Battalion/442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After the war, Tokio Ige worked as a steelworker on construction projects while Tsurue Ige 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, playing in the Pearl City Little League for eight years. 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. His campaign for student body president stressed diversity and an end to bullying. 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.
Ige was accepted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. 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.
Ige met his wife, Dawn, at the University of Hawaii. They have three children: Lauren, Amy, and Matthew.
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.
Before being elected governor of Hawaii, Ige served as project manager with Robert A. Ige and Associates, Inc., Vice President of engineering at NetEnterprise, and 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.
Ige was originally appointed to the Hawaii House of Representatives on December 2, 1985, by Governor George Ariyoshi after Representative Arnold Morgado resigned to run for a seat on the Honolulu City Council. He served in the Hawaii State Senate from 1995 to 2015. During his legislative career, Ige served as chair of nine different committees. He focused much of his career as a legislator on information and telecommunications policy, and co-authoried the Hawaii Telecommunications and Information Industries Act that established the state information network and created the Hawaii Information Network Corporation. Ige was at the center of Hawaii's efforts to diversify its economy. He was responsible for establishing seed capital and venture capital programs, software development initiatives, and technology transfer programs.
Ige was reelected to the Hawaii State Senate in 2012, defeating Republican challenger and former U.S. Naval Air crewman, Army Captain, and small business executive Mike Greco. Greco was the first challenger Ige faced in a general election in over a decade.
Ige ran against incumbent Neil Abercrombie in the Democratic primary for the 2014 gubernatorial election. Though outspent in the race, Ige defeated Abercrombie, 66% to 31%. Ige's victory made him the first candidate to ever defeat an incumbent governor of Hawaii in a primary election.
Ige was sworn in as the eighth governor of Hawaii on December 1, 2014, with Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui, in the Hawaii State Capitol Rotunda. Ige is the second person of Japanese descent to be elected governor of Hawaii (the first was George Ariyoshi), and the first person of Okinawan descent to be elected governor of a U.S. state.
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.
In October 2015 Ige declared a state of emergency due to the escalating scale of the homelessness problem; in 2015 Hawaii had the highest rate of homeless persons per capita in the United States. In June 2017, following President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change, Ige signed two bills that respectively committed the state to meeting regardless its greenhouse gas emission targets under the Paris Agreement and established a carbon reduction and soil health task force.
After an incoming missile alert was erroneously sent to all smartphones in the state and broadcast over local television and radio on January 13, 2018, Ige apologized for the mistake, which he attributed to human error during a shift change at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. He pledged to reevaluate the state's emergency procedures to prevent a recurrence of the false alert, which caused widespread panic and confusion in the state.
|Hawaii House of Representatives 34th district Democratic primary, 1992|
|Democratic||David Ige (incumbent)||2,907||86.31|
|Democratic||Gloria "Moana" May||461||13.69|
|Hawaii House of Representatives 34th district general election, 1992|
|Democratic||David Ige (incumbent)||5,758||82.55|
|Republican||Monte Rae Parker||1,217||17.45|
|Hawaii State Senate 17th district general election, 1994|
|Hawaii State Senate 17th district general election, 1998|
|Democratic||David Ige (incumbent)||13,487||84.11|
|Hawaii State Senate 16th district general election, 2002|
|Democratic||David Ige (incumbent)||N/A||100.00|
|Hawaii State Senate 16th district general election, 2004|
|Democratic||David Ige (incumbent)||N/A||100.00|
|Hawaii State Senate 16th district general election, 2008|
|Democratic||David Ige (incumbent)||N/A||100.00|
|Hawaii State Senate 16th district general election, 2012|
|Democratic||David Ige (incumbent)||14,156||79.26|
|Hawaii gubernatorial Democratic primary, 2014|
|Democratic||Neil Abercrombie (incumbent)||73,507||31.52|
|Democratic||Van "Tanaban" Tanabe||2,622||1.12|
|Hawaii gubernatorial election, 2014|
|Democratic||David Ige & Shan Tsutsui||181,106||49.45|
|Republican||Duke Aiona & Elwin Ahu||135,775||37.08|
|Independent||Mufi Hannemann & Les Chang||42,934||11.72|
|Libertarian||Jeff Davis & Cynthia "Lahi" Marlin||6,395||1.75|
|Hawaii gubernatorial Democratic primary, 2018|
|Hawaii gubernatorial election, 2018|
|Democratic||David Ige & Josh Green||244,814||62.7||+13.25|
|Republican||Andria Tupola & Marissa Kerns||131,604||33.7||-3.38|
|Green||Jim Brewer & Renee Ing||10,112||2.6||N/A|
|Nonpartisan||Terence Teruya & Paul Robotti||4,062||1.0||N/A|
Hawaii has long rewarded political incumbents. Since its statehood, no governor had ever lost in a primary in Hawaii. Additionally, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser notes that "no incumbent U.S. senator – appointed or elected – has lost an election."
|Party political offices|
| Democratic nominee for Governor of Hawaii
| Governor of Hawaii
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
as Vice President
| Order of Precedence of the United States
Mayor of city
in which event is held
Otherwise Nancy Pelosi
as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
as Governor of Alaska
| Order of Precedence of the United States
Acting heads of executive departments
Otherwise Walter Mondale
as Former Vice President
The 2014 Hawaii gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 2014, to elect the Governor of Hawaii, concurrently with a special election to Hawaii's Class III Senate Seat, as well as other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.
Primary elections were held on August 9, 2014. In Hawaii, candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run in separate primaries and are then elected on the same ticket. Incumbent Democratic governor Neil Abercrombie ran for re-election to a second term in office, but was defeated by State Senator David Ige in the Democratic primary, making Abercrombie the first incumbent governor to lose renomination in Hawaii history. Incumbent Democratic lieutenant governor Shan Tsutsui was renominated.
The Republicans nominated former lieutenant governor Duke Aiona and pastor and former circuit court judge Elwin Ahu. Also running as an independent was former mayor of Honolulu Mufi Hannemann and former Honolulu parks and recreation director Les Chang. Ige and Tsutsui won the election.2018 Hawaii gubernatorial election
The 2018 Hawaii gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 2018, to elect the Governor of Hawaii and Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii.
After prevailing in an intensely competitive primary election on August 11, 2018, incumbent Democratic Governor David Ige ran successfully for re-election to a second term in office, considerably improving on his margin of victory from 2014, in which he only won a plurality. Ige's vote share of 62.67% is the highest of any gubernatorial candidate in Hawaiian history surpassing the previous record of 62.53% set by Linda Lingle in 2006.2022 Hawaii gubernatorial election
The 2022 Hawaii gubernatorial election will take place on November 8, 2022, to elect the Governor of Hawaii. Incumbent Democratic Governor David Ige is term-limited and cannot seek re-election to a third term.2022 United States gubernatorial elections
United States gubernatorial elections will be held on November 8, 2022, in 36 states and three territories. In addition, special elections may take place (depending on state law) if other gubernatorial seats are vacated.
As most governors serve four year terms, the last regular gubernatorial elections for all but two of the seats took place in 2018. The governors of New Hampshire and Vermont, each of whom serve two year terms, are up for election in 2020. The 2022 gubernatorial elections will take place concurrently with several other federal, state, and local elections.Andria Tupola
Andria Tupola (born December 6, 1980) is an American politician and former Republican member of the Hawaii House of Representatives from 2014 to 2018, representing District 43 (Māʻili, Nānākuli, Ko Olina, Honokai Hale, Kalaeloa, Ewa). In 2015, she served as the minority floor leader for one year. She served as the State House Minority Leader making her the first Samoan woman to serve in that position. In 2018, she was the unsuccessful Republican nominee for Governor of Hawaii, losing to incumbent Democrat David Ige.Attorney General of Hawaii
The Attorney General of Hawaii (Hawaiian: Loio Kuhina) is the chief legal officer and chief law enforcement officer of Hawaii. In present-day statehood within the United States, the Attorney General is appointed by the elected governor with the approval of the state senate and is responsible for a state department charged with advising the various other departments and agencies of state government. The Attorney General is responsible for the prosecution of offenses under state law. The Attorney General can only be removed by an act of the state senate. In rare occasions, the Attorney General serves as acting governor in the absence of both the governor and lieutenant governor from the state for an extended period of time.
The office has existed in several forms throughout the history of the Hawaiian Islands. It was created by Kamehameha III and was part of the administration of each successive monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii. The office was kept in the provisional government, after Liliuokalani and the monarchy was overthrown, and became a part of the succeeding administration of the Republic of Hawaii. A regular part of the American model of the executive branch of government, the office of attorney general was part of the Territory of Hawaii under Section 80 of the Hawaiian Organic Act and made an appointed office after statehood was achieved in 1959.
Though a non-partisan office, in territorial days the office of Attorney General has traditionally been appointed from the political party of the sitting President of the United States who appoints the territorial governor. Similarly in statehood, the office of Attorney General has traditionally been appointed from the incumbent governor's political party, usually Republican or Democrat.
The current Attorney General is Clare E. Connors, who was appointed by Governor David Ige on January 3, 2019.Chris Toshiro Todd
Chris Toshiro Todd is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives since January 2017 representing District 2 (Hilo). Todd was appointed by Governor David Ige on January 5, 2017 to replace the late Clift Tsuji.Clare E. Connors
Clare Elizabeth Connors (born May 1974) is an American attorney who is the 16th and current Attorney General of Hawaii. She was also a former nominee for United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.Colleen Hanabusa
Colleen Wakako Hanabusa (born May 4, 1951) is an American politician who served as the U.S. Representative from Hawaii's 1st congressional district from 2011 to 2015 and again from 2016 to 2019. She is a member of the Democratic Party and ran for her party's nomination for governor of Hawaii in 2018, challenging and losing to incumbent Governor and fellow Democrat David Ige.
Before her election to the United States House of Representatives, Hanabusa was a member of the Hawaii Senate. She served as the Senate Majority Leader before being elected Hawaii's first female president of the state senate in 2007. On August 24, 2011, she announced her intention to run for reelection to Congress.On December 17, 2012, after the death of Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, it was announced that Inouye had sent a letter shortly before his death to Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, stating his desire that Hanabusa be appointed to the seat. Abercrombie decided against appointing Hanabusa and selected Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz instead. Hanabusa challenged Schatz in the Democratic primary for the 2014 special election, but narrowly lost.In 2016 Hanabusa announced her intention to run in the 1st congressional district special election to fill the remaining term of Representative Mark Takai, who died in July 2016, and she won the Democratic primary for the race on August 13. Hanabusa also won the election on November 8, 2016, and was sworn in on November 14.In 2017 Hanabusa announced her decision to run for governor of Hawaii in 2018 rather than reelection to the House. She lost to incumbent Democratic Governor David Ige in the primary. Ige was subsequently reelected to a second term.Dawn Ige
Dawn Amano-Ige is an American educator who has been the First Lady of the U.S. state of Hawaii since December 2014 when her husband, David Ige, was sworn in.Duke Aiona
James R. "Duke" Aiona Jr. (born June 8, 1955) is an American politician and jurist who served as the tenth lieutenant governor of Hawaii from 2002 to 2010. A Republican, he also served both as an attorney and a judge for the state prior to becoming lieutenant governor.
Aiona was the Republican nominee for Governor of Hawaii in the 2010 election, but was defeated by Democrat Neil Abercrombie in the general election. He was the Republican nominee once again in the 2014 election, but lost to Democrat David Ige.Governor of Hawaii
The Governor of Hawaii (Hawaiian: Ke Kiaʻaina o Hawaiʻi) is the chief executive of the state of Hawaii and its various agencies and departments, as provided in the Hawaii State Constitution Article V, Sections 1 through 6. It is a directly elected position, votes being cast by popular suffrage of residents of the state. The governor is responsible for enforcing laws passed by the Hawaii State Legislature and upholding rulings of the Hawaii State Judiciary. The role includes being commander-in-chief of the armed forces of Hawaii and having the power to use those forces to execute laws, suppress insurrection and violence and repel invasion. The Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii becomes acting governor upon the officeholder's absence from the state or if the person is unable to discharge the powers and duties of the office. Historically, the Governor of Hawaii has been from either the Democratic Party of Hawaii or Hawaii Republican Party.
The current Governor of Hawaii is Democrat David Ige, who assumed the position on December 1, 2014. Hawaii was the first U.S. state to have an Asian American chief executive; George Ariyoshi served three terms between 1974 and 1986. The state currently has had three Asian American, one Native Hawaiian, as well as four white people holding the governorship.Josh Green (politician)
Joshua B. Green (born February 11, 1970) is an American politician and physician serving as the 14th and current Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii since 2018. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the Hawaii State Senator from the 3rd district from 2009 to 2018 and Hawaii State Representative for the 6th district from 2005 to 2009.List of governors of Hawaii
The governor of the State of Hawaii is the head of the executive branch of Hawaii's state government, and commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has a duty to enforce state laws; the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Hawaii Legislature; the power to convene the legislature; and the power to grant pardons, except in cases of treason and impeachment.Of the eight governors of the state, two have been elected to three terms, four have been elected to two terms, and one has been elected to one term. No state governor has yet resigned or died in office, nor did any territorial governor die in office. George Ariyoshi was the first Asian American to be governor of any U.S. state. The current governor is Democrat David Ige, who took office on December 1, 2014.
The longest-serving governors are John A. Burns (1962–1974) and George Ariyoshi (1974 to 1986), both of whom served 12 years each.Lynn DeCoite
Lynn DeCoitte (born May 9, 1964) is a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives for District 13 appointed by Governor David Ige to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of the late Representative Mele Carroll after the 2015 legislative session began. A former member of the Hawaii State Board of Agriculture, she resigned her position when appointed.
District 13 is a rural district encompassing parts of Maui on three inhabited islands:
Parts of Maui island: Haiku, Hāna, Kaupo, Kīpahulu, Nahiku, Pāʻia
All of Lānaʻi, and
All of MolokaʻiThe district also represents the uninhabited islands of Kahoʻolawe and Molokini.
DeCoite is a resident of Hoolehua, Molokai and owns L&R Farm Enterprises and RJ Snacks.DeCoitte has been appointed to five House committees:
Economic Development & Business
Veterans, Military, & International Affairs, & Culture and the ArtsMaui Veterans Highway
Maui Veterans Highway or Route 311 (formerly Mokulele Highway) is a highway on the island of Maui in Hawaii that runs south through the isthmus of Maui from the town of Kahului and nearby Kahului Airport, Maui's international airport, to Kihei, a distance of approximately 7 miles (11 km). Most of the highway passes through sugarcane fields. Its name was changed from Mokulele Highway to the current name in April 2017 when Governor David Ige signed a bill passed by both houses of the Legislature without opposition.Neil Abercrombie
Neil Abercrombie (born June 26, 1938) is an American politician who served as the seventh governor of Hawaii from 2010 to 2014. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
Born in Buffalo, New York, Abercrombie is a graduate of Union College and the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. He began his political career in 1975, winning a seat in the Hawaii House of Representatives. He served in the Hawaii House until 1979, when he was elected to the Hawaii State Senate. Upon the resignation of Cecil Heftel, who resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives to run for governor, Abercrombie was elected to his vacant seat in a special election in 1986, but lost the Democratic primary for a full term on the same day. Abercrombie served the remainder of Heftel's term until January 1987. He served on the Honolulu City Council from 1988 to 1990 before returning to Congress in 1991. Abercrombie served nine consecutive terms in the House from 1993 to 2010, representing Hawaii's 1st congressional district, consisting of urban Honolulu.
With incumbent Governor Linda Lingle prevented by term limits from running for reelection, Abercrombie declared his candidacy for governor in March 2009. In September 2010 he won the five-candidate Democratic primary with 59% of the vote. Abercrombie went on to face Republican nominee, Lieutenant Governor Duke Aiona, in the general election.
On November 2, 2010, Abercrombie and running mate Brian Schatz defeated Aiona with 57% of the vote. Abercrombie was sworn into office on December 6, 2010. Issues he faced during his tenure included the aftermath of the great recession and restructuring labor union pensions. In 2014, he was defeated in the Democratic primary by state senator David Ige.Russell Suzuki
Russell A. Suzuki is an American attorney and was the 15th Attorney General of Hawaii. He was nominated on March 14, 2018 by Governor David Ige, and was confirmed by the Hawaii Senate on March 29, 2018. He served until January 2019, when Governor Ige appointed Clare E. Connors as his successor.Thirty Meter Telescope
The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is a proposed extremely large telescope (ELT) that has become controversial due to its planned location on Mauna Kea, on the island of Hawaii, a mountain which is considered sacred by some Native Hawaiians. The TMT would become the largest visible-light telescope on Mauna Kea.Scientists have been considering ELTs since the mid 1980s. In 2000, astronomers considered the possibility of a telescope with a light-gathering mirror larger than 20 meters in diameter. The technology to build a mirror larger than 8.4 meters does not exist; instead scientists considered using either small segments that create one large mirror, or a grouping of larger 8-meter mirrors working as one unit. The US National Academy of Sciences recommended a 30-meter telescope be the focus of U.S. interests, seeking to see it built within the decade. Scientists at the University of California and Caltech began development of a design that would eventually become the TMT, consisting of 492 segmented mirrors with nine times the power of the Keck Observatory. Due to its immense light-gathering power and the optimal observing conditions which exist atop Mauna Kea, the TMT would enable astronomers to conduct research which is infeasible with current instruments. The TMT is designed for near-ultraviolet to mid-infrared (0.31 to 28 μm wavelengths) observations, featuring adaptive optics to assist in correcting image blur. The TMT will be at the highest altitude of all the proposed ELTs. The telescope has government-level support from several nations.
Demonstrations attracted press coverage after October 2014, when construction was temporarily halted due to a blockade of the roadway. While construction of the telescope was set to resume on April 2 and later on June 24, 2015, it was blocked by further protests each time. In 2015, Governor David Ige announced several changes to the management of Mauna Kea including a requirement that the TMT would be the last telescope built on the mountain and several older telescopes would be decommissioned. The Board of Land and Natural Resources approved the TMT project, but the Supreme Court of Hawaii invalidated the building permits in December 2015, ruling that the board had not followed due process. On October 30, 2018, the Court approved the resumption of construction, and Hawaii Gov. David Ige announced that construction would resume the week of July 15, 2019.
|Territorial Governor of Hawaiʻi (1898–1941)|
|Military Governor of Hawaii (1941–44)|
|Territorial Governor of Hawaiʻi (1944–59)|
|Governor of Hawaiʻi (1959–present)|
Statewide political officials of Hawaii