David Ige

David Ige

Governor


State of Hawaii

Honolulu, HI USA


People know when you really are passionate about what you’re doing. They can see when you make an effort.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Went to college at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
While there, he served as student body secretary, and was treasurer and vice-president of his fraternity, Phi Delta Sigma.
Before he became a politician, he spent 34 years working as an electrical engineer; his early work was in sustainable energy.
His political career began in 1985, when he was appointed to the Hawaii House of Representatives.
He represented Hawaii in both the House and Senate prior to winning the gubernatorial race in 2014.
On his road to becoming governor, he became the first person ever to beat the incumbent Governor of Hawaii in a primary.
Says although he knew he was fighting a near-impossible battle against the incumbent, he had to try for Hawaii’s sake.
As governor, he champions conserving Hawaii's natural resources and increasing STEM education in Hawaii's schools.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
University of Hawaii at Manoa
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Career

Career

Governor

I am a former electrical engineer turned politician who serves as the state Governor of Hawai`i.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Science
Science
Politics
Politics
Problem Solving
Problem Solving

Day to Day

As governor, I am a pubic servant. My daily goal is to ensure that the government is responsive to the needs of citizens and solving problems that they face.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

A lot of my skills learned as an engineer have transferred over into public service like knowing how to analyze a situation methodically and develop a solution.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Explore as many opportunities as you can and take chances.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You will never win the election. "

I was running against an incumbent governor and no one has ever ousted an incumbent before. I worked really hard and believed we could do it.