David Ige was sworn in as governor of Hawaii on December 1, 2014.
Ige was born and raised in Pearl City, Hawaii. He attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a MBA in decisions sciences.
Ige spent 34 years as an electrical engineer devoted to information technology, telecommunications, networks and developing responsible public policy.
Ige began his political career in 1985 after being 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 State Senate where he represented his home district of ‘Aiea / Pearl City until 2014.
Ige and his wife, Dawn have three children, Lauren, Amy and Matthew.
Dawn Amano-Ige became the first lady of Hawaii when her husband, Governor David Ige, was sworn in as governor on December 1, 2014.
Mrs. Ige was born in Ewa, Hawaii. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Hawaii, where she met her husband. She also earned a master’s degree in business from Chaminade University in Honolulu.
She began her career as an account executive in a public relations agency and later joined a local medical center where she served as the director of marketing. As a mother of three children, she chose to return to school for a professional diploma in elementary education. She started her career as a teacher in 1997 and is now a vice principal at an elementary school.
Throughout her life and professional career, the first lady has dedicated herself to community and public service through education and health care. The Iges’ three children, Lauren, Amy and Matthew, are currently attending college.
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