David Ige

David Ige


State of Hawaii

Honolulu, HI USA

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David Ige


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

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
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Problem Solving

Day to Day

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

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:

Business Administration and Management, General


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You will never win the election. "

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Setting Course

Setting Course

Science, tech, engineering, arts, and math careers in Hawaii