Governor David Y. Ige was sworn in as the eighth governor of the State of Hawai‘i on December 1, 2014. He became the fourth native-born Governor of Hawai‘i.
Governor Ige is the fifth of six sons of Tokio and Tsurue Ige. He grew up in Pearl City and attended public schools in the community– Pearl City Elementary, Highlands Intermediate, and Pearl City High. Governor Ige then attended the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 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 his fraternity, Phi Delta Sigma. Most importantly, UH is where Governor Ige met his wife, Dawn Amano-Ige.
After college, while working for GTE Hawaiian Tel, Governor Ige took graduate courses at UH and earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Decisions Sciences. In 1986, Hawai‘i 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.
Governor Ige has served our state since 1985, when he was appointed by then Governor George Ariyoshi to fill a vacant seat in the Hawai‘i House of Representatives. In 1994, he was elected to the Hawai‘i Senate, representing his home district of ‘Aiea / Pearl City until 2014. During his legislative career, Governor Ige served as the chairman of nine different committees which included the committees on Education, Health, and Ways and Means.
Governor and Mrs. Ige have three children, Lauren, Amy and Matthew, who are currently pursuing their careers on the mainland.