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David Yutaka Ige (born January 15, 1957) is an American politician who serves as Hawaii's eighth governor.
He served in the Hawaii State Senate before.
He won the Democratic primary and general election over Republican nominee Duke Aiona in the 2014 gubernatorial race over incumbent Governor Neil Abercrombie, as well as the general election over Republican nominee Duke Aiona.
In 2018, he was reelected again.
Early life and college
Ige was born and raised in Pearl City, Hawaii, fifth of six sons of Tokio and Tsurue Ige, who are of Japanese Okinawan descent. Tokio was a member of the 100th Battalion/442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team during World War II and was given the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Tokio Ige worked as an ironworker on building projects, while Tsurue Ige worked as a nurse and dental hygienist. Tokio Ige died in 2005 at the age of 86. Tsurue, a retired engineer, lives in Pearl City.
David Ige attended public schools in Pearl City, PEARL City Elementary School, Highlands Intermediate School, and Pearl City High School, as well as participating in youth sports, playing in the Pearl City Little League for eight years. Ige, a student at the newly renovated Pearl City High School, excelled in several sports. He was elected student body vice president in his junior year, and he served as senior class president next year. Diversity and an end to bullying were promoted during his campaign for student body president. Ige led his varsity tennis team to a championship and was named as the year's "Scholar-Athlete of the Year." In 1975, he came in fifth in his class of more than 500 students.
Ige was accepted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering at Manoa. 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.
Dawn, Ige's wife, met him at the University of Hawaii. Lauren, Amy, and Matthew have three children.
Ige studied at UH and obtained a Master of Business Administration degree in decision sciences while working for GTE Hawaiian Tel. In 1986, Hawaii Business Magazine named him one of the University's Top 10 MBA students.
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 Hawaii's first world-class data center and carrier-neutral Internet exchange. He began working as an engineer with GTE Hawaiian Tel for more than 18 years before that.