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David Ige

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 defeat 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.

Sanders Backers Dispute Delegate Count Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Sanders Backers Dispute Delegate Count

UPDATED: Hawaii supporters of Bernie Sanders are asking Democratic superdelegates to reflect the state’s landslide caucus vote.

Hawaii Lawmakers To Obama: Don’t Grow Marine Monument Courtesy: NOAA and Robert Whitton/Bishop Museum

Hawaii Lawmakers To Obama: Don’t Grow Marine Monument

Gov. David Ige says he’s open to expanding Papahanaumokuakea, but that the federal proposal should address Hawaii fishing industry concerns.

Ige Signs Dispute-Resolution Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Signs Dispute-Resolution Bill

The governor says it will expedite the review process and decisions in important cases.

Criminal Justice Reform Fails To Get Much Legislative Love Flickr: James Cridland

Criminal Justice Reform Fails To Get Much Legislative Love

Neighbor island facilities received some significant financial help, but the state’s main facilities on Oahu will remain overcrowded and crumbling.

School AC Bill Now Law Ige Administration

School AC Bill Now Law

It calls for $100 million to pay for equipment and installation costs for air conditioning, heat-abatement measures and energy-efficiency measures.

Governor Ige Grades Hawaii Lawmakers’ Work This Session Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Governor Ige Grades Hawaii Lawmakers’ Work This Session

Pleased by funding for his priorities, indifferent to failed police reform, Ige gives his former colleagues in the Legislature a “B.”

Hirono, Ige Raise Zika Awareness U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono

Hirono, Ige Raise Zika Awareness

The senator and the governor also call for additional federal money “to prepare for and fight” the virus in Hawaii and across the country.

Prison Officials Quietly Move To Extend An Out-Of-State Contract Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Prison Officials Quietly Move To Extend An Out-Of-State Contract

The state will likely continue with Corrections Corporation of America in Arizona, despite a long history of problems.

Housing Advocates Hope Lawmakers Will ‘Do The Right Thing’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Housing Advocates Hope Lawmakers Will ‘Do The Right Thing’

“With 7,000 folks living on our streets, this is not the time to be terribly budget conscious,” said one of the advocates pushing for House support.

Ige Wants Education ‘Blue Print’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Wants Education ‘Blue Print’

The move by the Hawaii governor follows federal legislation that replaced No Child Left Behind.

Don Horner Leaving Hawaii BOE Dan Zelikman/Civil Beat

Don Horner Leaving Hawaii BOE

The former chair steps down June 30, something he said he’d do a year ago when he resigned as Board of Education chair.


Ige Wants $17 Million For Hawaiian Home Lands Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Ige Wants $17 Million For Hawaiian Home Lands

If the Legislature approves, it would be the most the department has ever received, but still short of what it’s seeking.

Hawaii Gets Another Superdelegate For Democratic Convention Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Gets Another Superdelegate For Democratic Convention

In a surprise to local party officials, Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui was added just before the presidential preference poll, bringing the total to 10.

Ryan Kalei Tsuji Leaves Government

Ryan Kalei Tsuji Leaves Government

The aide to Gov. Ige will leave his post at the end of the month to focus on his new video production company.

Aide To Gov. Ige Launches Video Production Company

Aide To Gov. Ige Launches Video Production Company

Ryan Kalei Tsuji hires other former KITV journalists with “deep understanding of the media landscape in Hawaii.”

May 2016

Friday, May 13

Sanders Backers Dispute Delegate Count

Thursday, May 12

Hawaii Lawmakers To Obama: Don’t Grow Marine Monument

Wednesday, May 11

Ige Signs Dispute-Resolution Bill

Monday, May 9

Criminal Justice Reform Fails To Get Much Legislative Love

Thursday, May 5

School AC Bill Now Law

Wednesday, May 4

Governor Ige Grades Hawaii Lawmakers’ Work This Session

Monday, May 2

Hirono, Ige Raise Zika Awareness

April 2016

Monday, April 25

Prison Officials Quietly Move To Extend An Out-Of-State Contract

Wednesday, April 20

Housing Advocates Hope Lawmakers Will ‘Do The Right Thing’

Thursday, April 14

Ige Wants Education ‘Blue Print’

Wednesday, April 13

Don Horner Leaving Hawaii BOE

Monday, April 4

Ige Wants $17 Million For Hawaiian Home Lands

Friday, April 1

Hawaii Gets Another Superdelegate For Democratic Convention

March 2016

Wednesday, March 23

Ryan Kalei Tsuji Leaves Government

Friday, March 11

Aide To Gov. Ige Launches Video Production Company

February 2016

Thursday, February 11

Lawmakers Consider Releasing Some Offenders To Relieve Overcrowding

January 2016

Thursday, January 28

OCCC Relocation Could Be Almost A Half-Billion-Dollar Proposition

Tuesday, January 26

WATCH: Gov. David Ige’s State Of The State Speech

Monday, January 25

Ige: Action On Chronic Problems Is ‘Long Overdue’

Ige: ‘We Live In A Time Of Extraordinary Change’

Friday, January 22

Jailhouse Rock: Moving OCCC Is A Priority For Gov Ige

Wednesday, January 20

Homeless Sweeps Would Proliferate Under Ige’s Budget Plan

December 2015

Monday, December 21

Gov. David Ige: Is Being Hawaii’s Engineer In Chief Good Enough For Now?

Thursday, December 10

Ige Ramps Up IT Efforts

Tuesday, December 8

Will Ige Get Serious About Repairing Hawaii’s Public Housing?

Tuesday, December 1

Hawaii Officials Begin Converting Kakaako Shed Into Homeless Shelter

November 2015

Tuesday, November 17

Hawaii Governor: Refugees Are Mothers, Fathers, Children Fleeing War

Monday, November 16

Governor Offers Aloha To Syrian Refugees

Monday, November 2

Living Hawaii: Gov David Ige Talks About The State’s Energy Future

October 2015

Tuesday, October 27

Ige Urged To Comply With Law On Posting Care Home Inspection Reports

Monday, October 26

State To Clear Out Homeless Encampments At Kakaako, Kewalo Parks

Thursday, October 22

Ige Cabinet On The Road

Friday, October 16

Hawaii Governor Declares State of Emergency for Homelessness

Thursday, October 15

Ige Taps Planner to Head Office of Environmental Quality Control

Wednesday, October 14

Ige Administration Selling Its First Bonds

Thursday, October 8

Ige Administration Still Opposes NextEra Deal

September 2015

Friday, September 18

David Ige, Stan Lee and Spider-Man

Wednesday, September 9

When it Comes to Social Media, David Ige Plays It Safe

Tuesday, September 1

Ige’s Team to Relocate All Homeless Families From Kakaako by the End of Year

August 2015

Thursday, August 27

Caldwell: Honolulu to Resume ‘Phased Enforcement’ at Kakaako Encampment

Wednesday, August 26

Ige’s Team Cuts Kakaako’s Homeless Population by 10 Percent

Monday, August 24

Ige Opposes Liquefied Natural Gas for HECO

Monday, August 17

Ige’s Team Considers Converting Kakaako Shed Into Temporary Shelter

What’s Happening to Hawaii’s Push for Criminal Justice Reform?

Monday, August 10

Ige Taps Leading Advocate to Be His Homelessness Coordinator

Tuesday, August 4

Ige Signs Rules to Create Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area

Monday, August 3

Ige: Number of Hawaii Inmates Imprisoned in Arizona Will Go Up Before it Goes Down

July 2015

Monday, July 27

Ige Creates a New Leadership Team to Tackle Homelessness

Tuesday, July 21

Ige Rebuffs Merger Deal Between NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric

David Ige’s Quiet, Deliberative Leadership Style Is Not Such a Bad Thing

Monday, July 20

Ige Names New Director of Executive Office on Early Learning

Wednesday, July 15

Ige Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Hawaii

Tuesday, July 14

Ige Vetoes Sex-Trafficking Bill, Seven Others

Thursday, July 9

Seven Months Later, Hawaii Fishing Rules Still Not Signed

Tuesday, July 7

Ige Signs Law Creating Farm-to-School Program in Hawaii

June 2015

Tuesday, June 30

Ige Signs OHA Budget, Bills to Promote Hawaiian Culture

Ige Signs Bill to Help Undocumented Immigrants Obtain Driver’s Licenses

Monday, June 29

Ige: No Plans to Use National Guard to Reopen Mauna Kea Road

Governor Plans to Veto Eight Bills; Rail Tax Extension Survives

Intent to Veto: What Bills Will Survive Gov. Ige’s Veto Pen?

Friday, June 26

Ige: ‘We Will Do Whatever Is Necessary to Ensure Lawful Access’

Monday, June 22

Hawaii Gov to Speak on Renewable Energy at D.C. Forum

Saturday, June 13

Ige to Visit Japan, Promote Travel to the Hawaiian Islands

Monday, June 1

UH Ready to Move Quickly on Ige’s Mauna Kea Proposals

May 2015

Tuesday, May 26

Ige Supports Construction of TMT, Asks UH to Better Manage Mauna Kea

Thursday, May 21

Emergency Money Made Easy, If You’re a Democratic Governor

Wednesday, May 20

Hawaii Governor’s Public Schedule Now Available Online

Monday, May 11

Ige Was a Hands-On Guy With the Legislature — For Better or Worse

April 2015

Thursday, April 23

Why Are So Many of Hawaii’s Environmental Posts Still Unfilled?

Tuesday, April 21

Gov. Ige: Not So Fast on Allowing Privatization of Maui Hospitals

Just Say No to Balfour for Water Commission

Tuesday, April 14

Growing Criticism Over Ige’s Water Commission Appointments

Thursday, April 9

In With the New: Time For Millennials To Revolutionize Government IT

Wednesday, April 8

Ige Picks Linda Chu Takayama to Head State Labor Department

Tuesday, April 7

Ige Names 3 New Members to Hawaii Board of Education

Hawaii Governor Calls ‘Timeout’ on Mauna Kea Telescope Construction

Ige Taps Nature Conservancy’s Case to Head State Land Department

Denby Fawcett: 5 Ways Politicians Can Reboot Trust in Government

Monday, April 6

Is Ige On Board With Extending Honolulu Rail Tax?

David Ige: ‘The Engineer’ Promises To Be a Better Communicator

Thursday, April 2

Deadline Looms for Ige to Pick New DLNR Chair

Governor Nominates Six to Serve on UH Board of Regents

Ige Appoints Bassett to Fill Cultural Specialist Seat on HCDA

Wednesday, April 1

Hawaii Senate to Post Résumés of Nominees on Website

March 2015

Wednesday, March 25

Hawaii Monitor: Ethics Commission Ruling Draws Teachers’ Union Lawsuit

Monday, March 23

Deal to Preserve Hundreds of Acres at Turtle Bay May Be In Jeopardy

Wednesday, March 11

House Committee Snips $226 Million Off Ige’s Budget Request

Tuesday, March 10

Ige’s First 100 Days All About Establishing ‘Vision’ for Hawaii

Ige Announces Three Nominations to the Land Board

Thursday, March 5

Governor Appoints Hidano as DAGS Deputy Director

Tuesday, March 3

Ige Announces Nine New Appointments

February 2015

Thursday, February 26

Meet the People Helping to Shape Ige’s Administration

Monday, February 23

Ige: Feds Are ‘Very Helpful’ When It Comes to Hawaii

Pension Promises Are Getting Harder for Hawaii Lawmakers To Keep

Thursday, February 19

Ige Picks DeCoite to Replace Carroll in State House

Thursday, February 12

Governor Stands Behind Decision to Nominate Ching for DLNR Director

Wednesday, February 11

Ige Appointments Sail Through Senate Committees

Thursday, February 5

Governor Taps Hoshijo as Deputy Director of Labor Department

Ige Backpedals On Posting Care-Home Inspection Reports Online

January 2015

Tuesday, January 6

Hawaii Public Records Agency Continues to Struggle With Slim Budget

Monday, January 5

Ige Picks New State Labor, Communications Directors

December 2014

Friday, December 26

Hawaii Media Outlets, Nonprofits Ask Ige to Improve Government Transparency

Wednesday, December 3

Governor Announces Six More Cabinet Members

Monday, December 1

David Ige Inauguration: Introducing Hawaii’s Eighth Governor

Final Preparations Underway Before Ige’s Inauguration

10 Things Hawaii’s Next Governor Has Said He’ll Do

November 2014

Monday, November 10

David Ige: Engineer, Technocrat … and Ballet Dad?

Tuesday, November 4

Hawaii Governor: Ige Defeats Aiona in Landslide Vote

September 2014

Tuesday, September 30

Denby Fawcett: Digging Up Dirt and Opposition Research 101

Aiona, Ige Largely Like-Minded on Needed Education Reform

Monday, September 15

Three Candidates, Three Views on Future of Fast-Growing Kakaako

Tuesday, September 2

Denby Fawcett: Who the Heck Is David Ige?

August 2014

Friday, August 29

The Projector: The Governor’s Race and HECO’s Renewable Power Play

Monday, August 11

The Projector: Pictures From Hawaii’s Dramatic Primary Election Day

Saturday, August 9

Hawaii Governor: Ige Wins It Big!

Monday, August 4

David Ige’s Leadership Style: State Senator Wants To Be Honest, Open, Fair, No Ego

February 2014

Tuesday, February 18

Moving the Ball: Hawaii Senator Wants Millions More for School Sports

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