David Ige Bio, Career, Party, Education, Age, Wife and Net Worth

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  1. What does David Ige do for a living?
  2. Who are David Ige’s parents and siblings?
  3. What are David Ige’s interests and hobbies?
  4. Is David Ige married or does he have a girlfriend?
  5. Does David Ige have any children?
  6. Where is David Ige now?
  7. How tall is David Ige?
  8. How much money does David Ige earn?
  9. What is David Ige’s net worth?

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Who is David Ige?

David Ige (David Yutaka Ige)  is an American politician and engineer, currently, he is serving as the 8th governor of Hawaii. He is a member of the Democrat, previously he was working in the Hawaii State Senate.

During the 2014 gubernatorial election, he won the election against sitting Governor Neil Abercrombie in the Democratic primary, and election over Republican nominee Duke Aiona. He was then re-elected in 2018.


Engineering Career

After graduating from college, he was working for GTE Hawaiian Tel. He decided to take graduate courses at UH and earned a Master of Business Administration degree in decision sciences. He was named one of the University’s Top 10 MBA students by the Hawaii Business Magazine in 1986.

Prior to becoming governor of Hawaii, Ige worked as a project manager for Robert A. Ige and Associates, Inc., as Vice President of Engineering at NetEnterprise, and as a senior principal engineer at Pihana Pacific, which built Hawaii’s first world-class data center and carrier-neutral Internet exchange. In addition, he has also worked as an engineer for GTE Hawaiian Tel for more than 18 years.

A Photo of David Ige
A Photo of David Ige

How Old Is David Ige?

He was born on January 15, 1957, and currently, he is aged 64 years

David Ige Family

Who are His Parents?

He was born and raised in Pearl City Hawaii to Tokio and Tsure Ige. His parents were of Japanese Okinawan descent, in addition, his father was served in the 100th Battalion 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team where he received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

Does He Have Siblings?

He has five siblings where he is the fifth in the family of six children.

David Ige Education

He attended the Pearl City High School, where he participated in community sports playing in the Pearl City Little League for eight years. After that, he enrolled at the University of Hawaii at Manoa despite him being selected to join the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.

David Ige Wife

He is married to Dawn Ige, the two met while they were still at the University of Hawaii.

David Ige Kids

The two currently have three kids, Lauren, Amy, and Matthew.

Political Career

On December 2, 1985, he was originally appointed to the Hawaii House of Representatives by Governor George Ariyoshi. He was appointed after Arnold Morgado stepped down to run for a seat on the Honolulu City Council.

From 1995 until 2015, he was serving in the Hawaii State Senate. In addition, he chaired nine separate committees throughout his congressional tenure. David devoted most of his legislative career to information and telecommunications policy, co-authoring the Hawaii Telecommunications and Information Industries Act, which established the state information network and founded the Hawaii Information Network Corporation.

Furthermore, he was part of Hawaii’s efforts to try and diversify its economy. Moreover, he was responsible for establishing seed capital and venture capital programs, software development initiatives, and technology transfer programs. In addition, he was a member of the inaugural 1997 class of the Pacific Century Fellows.

2012 reelection campaign

In 2012, he was re-elected to the Hawaii State Senate, defeating Republican rival Mike Greco, a former US Naval Aircrewman, Army Captain, and small company executive. Greco was Ige’s first opponent in a general election in over a decade.

2014 campaign for the gubernatorial seat

During the 2014, gubernatorial election, David was running against the sitting governor Neil Abercrombie in the Democratic primary. This was after Neil angered the late US senator Daniel Inouye by ignoring his wish to be replaced by Colleen Hanabusa. Despite him spending more than David, he still lost to Ige where Ige got 66% and him 31%. Moreover, his win made him the first person in Hawai to ever defeat a sitting governor in the primary election.

Moreover in the general election, David competed against the Republican nominee Duke Aiona and Independent Mufi Hannemann. He won by a margin of 12 percentage points.

Governor of Hawaii


On December 1, 2014, he was sworn in as the eighth governor of Hawaii. Moreover, he was sworn in alongside Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui, in the Hawaii State Capitol Rotunda. In addition, he was the first person of Okinawan descent to be elected governor of the U.S state.

Furthermore, his slogan in the inauguration was “honoring the past and charting a new tomorrow” was displayed throughout the ceremony, which paid tribute to his father. Moreover, his father served in the 100th Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team of the US Army during World War II together with the late US Senator Daniel Inouye.


David declared a state of Emergency in October 2015. This was due to the escalating scale of the homelessness problem. Moreover, in 2015 Hawaii had the highest rate of homeless persons per capita in the United States.

Following President Donald Trump’s decision to pull back from the Paris Climate Agreement, Ige signed two bills in June 2017 that committed the state to meet its greenhouse gas emission targets under the Paris Agreement regardless of the outcome of the Paris Agreement and established a carbon reduction and soil health task force.

On January 13, 2018, he apologized for an erroneous inbound missile alert that was issued to all smartphones in the state and broadcast on local television and radio, which he blamed on human error during a shift change at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

Furthermore, on February 22, 2019, President Trump appointed David to the bipartisan Council of Governor, on which David served as co-chair.

David Ige Height

His height, body measurement, and weight are not available at the moment but we will update it as soon as possible.

David Ige Net Worth

Being a politician and an engineer he has managed to garner a net worth of $ 15million as of 2021.

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