Neil Abercrombie

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Neil Abercrombie
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Governor of Hawaii
Incumbent
In office
December 6, 2010 - Present
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 4
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorLinda Lingle (R)
Compensation
Base salary$117,312
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,494,367
Term limits2 consecutive terms
Prior offices
Hawaii House of Representatives
1975 - 1979
Hawaii State Senate
1980 - 1986
U.S. House of Representatives
1986 - 1987, 1991 - 2010
Education
High schoolWilliamsville High School
Bachelor'sUnion College (1959)
Ph.D.University of Hawaii-Manoa (1974)
Personal
BirthdayJune 26, 1938
Place of birthBuffalo, New York
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Neil Abercrombie (born June 26, 1938, in Buffalo, New York) is the 7th and current Democratic Governor of Hawaii. He has served in this position since December 6, 2010.

Abercrombie was elected governor on November 2, 2010, having won the Democratic nomination over Mufi Hannemann in the September 18 primary. Abercrombie ran a ticket with now-former Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz, whom Abercrombie would later appoint to the U.S. Senate at great political risk to himself.

Following veteran U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye's death in December 2012, Abercrombie tapped Schatz to fill the vacant seat over Democratic U.S. House Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, despite Inouye's explicit death-bed wish for Hanabusa to take over for him. The controversy caused unrest in the Hawaii Democratic establishment and threats of a challenge from Hanabusa in the 2014 gubernatorial primary, which Abercrombie ultimately loste.[1][2][3][4][5] Although Hananbusa ultimately decided to run for U.S. Senate instead, the episode became a fixture of Abercrombie's first term.

Abercrombie lost his bid for a second term as governor in 2014. He was defeated by state Sen. David Ige in the Democratic primary on August 9, 2014, becoming the first ever Hawaii Governor to be unseated in the primary. Abercrombie had been considered vulnerable in the 2014 election cycle, with wavering approval numbers, key endorsement losses and the emergence of formidable challengers in both the primary and general election. In the months leading up to the primary, inconsistent polling data and conflicting race projections thickened the air of uncertainty hanging over Abercrombie's re-election campaign. Still, Ige's upset by a landslide 2-1 margin, despite outspending Ige 10-1, marked a stunning early elimination for the incumbent.[6][7][8] In the aftermath of the primary, Abercrombie attributed his defeat to his decision to call a special session to legalize gay marriage in November 2013. According to Abercrombie, Republican opponents of gay marriage took advantage of the Democratic Party's open primary to vote en masse for Ige, who happened to have supported Abercrombie's push for the measure in the legislature, because Abercrombie's absence in the general election paved the way for the GOP to reclaim the governor's seat in the general election and ultimately block the measure's progress.[9] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Before becoming governor, Abercrombie represented Hawaii's 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 2010. He resigned his seat in order to focus on his gubernatorial campaign and was succeeded in Congress by Charles Djou, the first Republican elected to Congress from Hawaii since Pat Saiki. Prior to his congressional service, Abercrombie was a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1975 to 1979 and the Hawaii Senate from 1979 to 1986. He also served on the Honolulu City Council from 1988-1990.

Biography

Abercrombie was born in Buffalo, New York, to Vera June and Donald Abercrombie.[10] Upon graduating from Williamsville High School (now Williamsville South High School), he went on to pursue studies in sociology at Union College in Schenectady, New York.[11] Abercrombie received his bachelor's degree from Union College in 1959. In 1974, after moving to Honolulu, Hawaii, Abercrombie earned his Master's degree in sociology as well as his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, where he attended classes with and befriended current United States President Barack Obama's parents, Ann Dunham and Barack Obama, Sr.[12] As a result, Abercrombie was the only member of Congress to have met Barack Obama's parents while they lived in Hawaii.

Education

  • Williamsville High School
  • B.A. in Sociology - Union College (1959)
  • M.A. in Sociology - University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Ph.D in American Studies - University of Hawaii at Manoa (1974)

Political career

Governor of Hawaii (2010-Present)

Abercrombie was first elected Governor of Hawaii in November of 2010 and assumed office on December 6, 2010.

Issues

2014 State of the State address

In January 2014, Abercrombie gave his fourth State of the State address. Abercrombie stated that Hawaii was turning around the budget, which produced a general fund balance of $844 million in fiscal year 2013.[13] “We are stabilizing future costs and expenditures. We are concluding collective bargaining agreements, several of which are for multiple years,” he said in the address. We have taken affirmative action in addressing our state’s unfunded liabilities – for medical benefits for retirees – and pensions, salvaging both from fiscal disaster.” Abercrombie also promoted lower taxes for Hawaii senior citizens as well as supplemental budget measures that did not rely on increases in taxes or fees. “I propose to exempt any presently taxed income from all sources for taxpayers age 65 and older with an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $25,000, AGI of $35,000 for heads of households, or AGI of $45,000 for joint filing. This assures these seniors will not have their retirement income taxed. This will affect as many as 25,000 or more seniors throughout Hawaii,” Abercrombie said. “I propose to double the current refundable food (and) excise tax credit for taxpayers 65 years or older whose AGI is less than $50,000. This is a direct payment to the senior taxpayer. This will affect as many as 110,000 Hawaii seniors or more.”[13]

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals looking at 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation record, Abercrombie was ranked number 19. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.[14][15]

Steven Tyler Act

On January 18, 2013, Jamie Kalani English introduced Senate Bill 465, the proposed "Steven Tyler Act." According the bill, "if [a] person captures or intends to capture, in a manner that is offensive to a reasonable person, through any means a visual image, sound recording, or other physical impression of another person while that person is engaging in a personal or familial activity with a reasonable expectation of privacy," he or she would be liable for the "civil action of constructive invasion of privacy." He or she could be sued for general damages, special damages, and punitive damages worth triple the combined general and special damages. According to Section 1 of the bill, the new law would especially help celebrities and be named after Steven Tyler, who owns a vacation home on the island of Maui, in honor of his "contribution to the arts in Hawai‘i and throughout the world."[16] The Senate passed the SB 465 on March 5 by a vote of 23-2, and the bill was sent on to the House. Only Senators Samuel Slom and Les Ihara, Jr. voted against the bill.[17] Abercrombie, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Tyler, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood, and a number of other celebrities endorsed SB 465. They argued that the paparazzi invade the privacy of celebrities who come to Hawaii to vacation in peace by filming and photographing the celebrities on their private property and that this bill would help promote celebrity tourism in the state. The American Civil Liberties Union, Hawaii Attorney General David M. Louie, the Society of Professional Journalists, and The New York Times opposed the bill, claiming that it would be unconstitutional and suppress journalism.[18][19]

Congressional appointments

On December 26, 2012, Abercrombie appointed his lieutenant governor, Brian E. Schatz, to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy left by Daniel Inouye's death on December 17, 2012. The appointment was somewhat controversial as prior to his death Inouye asked Abercrombie to appoint U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) to his seat.

Following the appointment, Inouye's chief of staff Jennifer Sabas stated, "Sen. Inouye conveyed his final wish to Gov. Abercrombie. While we are very disappointed that it was not honored, it was the governor's decision to make. We wish Brian Schatz the best of luck."[20]

Per state law, the Hawaii Democratic Party sent Abercrombie a list of three potential replacements to chose from - Schatz, Hanabusa, and deputy state Land and Natural Resources Director Esther Kiaaina. Schatz was said to have received the most votes from the party's central committee.[21]

Judicial appointments

As governor, Abercrombie is responsible for appointing judges to the Hawaii Supreme Court, Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals, and the Hawaii Circuit Courts. (The Chief Justice appoints judges to the Hawaii District Courts. The governor makes a judicial appointment after candidates are recommended by a judicial nominating commission. The nominee must be confirmed by the Hawaii State Senate before she or he takes office. For an up-to-date list of all of Abercrombie's appointees, see Judgepedia's page on his appointments.

Marriage equality

On February 21, 2012, Abercrombie acknowledged that the state's marriage law "is unconstitutional because it denies same-sex couples the 'fundamental right' to marry," but noted that the state would continue to defend the statute in federal court.[22] The statement was in response to a federal lawsuit filed against the state Department of Health after a same-sex couple was denied a marriage license. A lawyer for the plaintiffs was encouraged by Abercrombie's stance on the issue. "It's an extremely significant political and moral development to have an important representative of the state, like the governor, stand up and speak his conscience," he said.[23]

U.S. Congress (1986-1987, 1990-2010)

At the end of his council tenure, Abercrombie once again ran for the U.S. House of Representatives representing Hawaii's 1st Congressional District. Winning election in 1990, he went on to be re-elected ten times. In the 2008 election, he won with 70.6% of the vote.

Abercrombie was a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and compiled a generally liberal voting record. He supported and voted for the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act. On October 10, 2002, he was among the 133 members of the House who voted against authorizing the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He cosponsored H.R. 1312 (Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2005) on July 28, 2005. He took issue with the Vatican over not listing torture as a sin.[24]

According to Project Vote Smart, Abercrombie held the following issue positions while serving in Congress. He was pro-choice, and he voted against a ban on partial birth abortion. He voted with the interests of NARAL and Planned Parenthood 100% between 2000-2006. He voted for bills designed to make it easier for Americans to vote, such as the motor voter bill. He advocated strongly for civil liberties; his voting record was supported by both the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and American Library Association. He also voted against a constitutional amendment to limit marriage to being between one man and one woman. Notably, he was one of only nine representatives not to cast a vote for or against the USA PATRIOT Act in 2001. In 2005, he voted against the extension of the act, calling it “a blank check to trample civil liberties." In 2007, he signed on as a co-sponsor of United States National Healthcare Act (H.R. 676), which would have established a national health insurance program.[25] He resigned from Congress shortly before the vote on the 2010 health insurance reform bill.[26]

Controversies

"Mainland" earmarks

For Fiscal Year 2009, the State of Hawaii was one of the top recipients of “mainland money” in the form of Congressional earmarks, receiving $210 dollars in “mainland money” per capita ($270,736,707 total). Maine, a comparable state in population, received only $55 per capita in earmarks.

Abercrombie sought 41 earmarks for a total of $165,034,800 in “mainland money.”[27]

Honolulu City Council (1988-1990)

Abercrombie won a seat on the Honolulu City Council and served from 1988 to 1990.

Hawaii State Senate (1980-1986)

Abercrombie moved from the State House to the Hawaii State Senate, where he served from 1980 to 1986. After Representative Cecil Heftel resigned from the United States Congress in July 1986 to run for Governor of Hawaiʻi, Abercrombie was elected to the House in a September 1986 special election to complete Heftel's unexpired term. However, Abercrombie lost the Democratic primary for a full two-year term to Mufi Hannemann, who went on to lose to Republican Pat Saiki in the general election.[28]

Hawaii House of Representatives (1975-1979)

Abercrombie was a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1975 to 1979.

On The Issues Vote Match

Neil Abercrombie's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Abercrombie is a Hard-Core Liberal. Abercrombie received a score of 81 percent on social issues and 6 percent on economic issues.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name

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The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[29]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Neutral Maintain US sovereignty from UN Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Strongly Favors
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Opposes
Note: Information last updated: June 23, 2014.[30]

Elections

2014

See also: Hawaii gubernatorial election, 2014

Abercrombie ran for a second term as Governor of Hawaii in the 2014 elections.[7] He was defeated by David Ige in the Democratic primary on August 9, 2014.

Democratic primary - August 9, 2014

Governor of Hawaii, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Ige 67.4% 157,050
Neil Abercrombie Incumbent 31.5% 73,507
Van Tanabe 1.1% 2,622
Total Votes 233,179
Election Results Via:Hawaii Division of Elections.

Endorsements

Abercrombie's 2014 re-election campaign was endorsed by President Barack Obama.[31]

Race background

Democratic incumbent Gov. Neil Abercrombie ran unsuccessfully for re-election in 2014. The first term chief executive campaigned on tenterhooks for a possible second term before suffering a humiliating 36 point defeat by state Sen. David Ige in the August 9 Democratic primary election.[32][33]

Wavering approval numbers, key endorsement losses and the emergence of formidable challengers in both the primary and general election placed Abercrombie at the top of the list of most vulnerable seats in the 2014 gubernatorial election cycle. In the months leading up to the primary, inconsistent polling data and conflicting race projections thickened the air of uncertainty which hung over Abercrombie's re-election bid. Still, Ige's upset by a landslide 2-1 margin, despite outspending Ige 10-1, marked a stunning early elimination for the incumbent.[34][7][35] In the aftermath of the primary, Abercrombie attributed his defeat to his decision to call a special session to legalize gay marriage in November 2013. According to Abercrombie, Republican opponents of gay marriage took advantage of the Democratic Party's open primary to vote en masse for Ige, who happened to have supported Abercrombie's push for the measure in the legislature, because Abercrombie's absence in the general election paved the way for the GOP to reclaim the governor's seat in the general election and ultimately block the measure's progress.[36]

As far back as November 2013, several factors besides the gay marriage issue indicated Abercrombie could be at risk of losing re-election in 2014, beginning with long-time Hawaii lawmaker David Ige's entry into the Democratic primary race. Ige has been the state Sen. for district 16 since 1994 and currently serves as chair of the chamber's Ways and Means Committee. Abercrombie trailed Ige in each of the Democratic primary polls taken after the June 3 candidate filing deadline, including a Honolulu Civil Beat Poll of likely Democratic voters conducted by Merriman River Group about a week before the primary showing Ige leading 51-41 percent.[37][38] Despite having secured the endorsement of fellow Hawaii-native and Democratic President Barack Obama, more overall attention was paid to Ige's endorsements from ex-governors Ben Cayetano and George Ariyoshi, both influential Hawaii Democrats previously considered close allies of Abercrombie.[39][40]

The notable defections of Cayetano and Ariyoshi could have stemmed from Abercrombie's controversial December 2012 decision to appoint his then-Lieutenant Governor, Brian E. Schatz (D), to fill the open U.S. Senate seat left by the death of veteran Senator Daniel Inouye (D). For Abercrombie, tapping Schatz meant defying Inouye's deathbed wish that his successor be U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.[41][42] Abercrombie was required to appoint one of three individuals submitted by the state party of the incumbent, and Hanabusa—in addition to being Inouye's stated preference—had topped the list of early contenders, therefore the governor's call angered some members of the party.[43][44][45] After being picked over for the Senate post, Hanabusa threatened taking on Abercrombie for the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary nomination.[46][47] Although Hanabusa ultimately decided to pursue a full term in Inouye's seat in the 2014 election, a measure of residual ill-will toward Abercrombie may have existed among the state's Democratic elite and possibly affected his chances of winning a second term.

If Abercrombie had survived Ige's primary challenge, another threat would have awaited him in the second phase of the election in the form of ex-Hawaii Lieutenant Governor and 2010 Republican gubernatorial nominee Duke Aiona, who lost the office to Abercrombie four years ago this November. Aiona launched his second bid in early 2014 in hopes of staging a general election re-match with Abercrombie. Polls taken prior to Abercrombie's primary knockout reinforced expectations of a tight general election contest between the former foes.[37] On August 9, Aiona won the GOP nomination for the second consecutive cycle, earning 97 percent of the vote in a three-way race.[32]

The last time a sitting Hawaii Governor ran for re-election and failed was in 1962, when Republican William Francis Quinn, who, in addition to being Hawaii's first governor was also its first and only lame duck governor, until Abercrombie; Quinn was unseated in the 1962 general election by Democratic challenger John Anthony Burns. [48]


Polls

Hawaii Governor - General Election
Poll David Ige (D) Duke Aiona (R)Mufi Hannemann (I)OtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen
September 9-10, 2014
40%39%14%2%6%+/-4.0750
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Campaign media


Turnaround - Posted to YouTube 6/2014

Priorities - Posted to YouTube 5/2014

2010

See also: Hawaii gubernatorial election, 2010

On Sunday, March 9, 2009, Abercrombie announced his intention to again run for Governor of Hawaii instead of running for an 11th term in Congress.[49] On December 11, 2009 he announced that he would resign his U.S. House seat to concentrate on his gubernatorial bid. He was succeeded in Congress by Republican Charles Djou, the first Republican elected to Congress from Hawaii since Congresswoman Pat Saiki. On November 2, 2010, Neil Abercrombie and Brian Schatz won election as Governor and Lt. Governor of Hawaii. They defeated the Aiona/Finnegan (R), Cunningham/Spence (F) and Pollard/Kama (NP) ticket(s) in the general election.

Governor and Lt. Governor of Hawaii, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNeil Abercrombie & Brian Schatz 58.2% 222,724
     Republican Duke Aiona & Lynn Finnegan 41.1% 157,311
     Free Energy Daniel Cunningham & Deborah Spence 0.3% 1,265
     Nonpartisan Tom Pollard & Leonard Kama 0.3% 1,263
Total Votes 382,563
Election Results Via: Hawaii Office of Elections

Abercrombie defeated Mufi Hannemann in the September 18 Democratic primary.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Abercrombie is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Abercrombie raised a total of $6,494,367 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 9, 2013.[50]

Neil Abercrombie's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Governor of Hawaii Not up for election $2,055,368
2010 Governor of Hawaii Won $4,438,999
Grand Total Raised $6,494,367

2010

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Neil Abercrombie's donors each year.[51] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

In 1981, Abercrombie married Nancie Caraway,[52] who is a political scientist and feminist writer at the University of Hawaii-Manoa's Globalization Research Center.

Abercrombie is an avid weight-lifter and has a stated goal of lifting 200 lbs more than his age on each birthday. According to reports from his former colleagues in Congress, on Abercrombie's 67th birthday, he bench pressed 267 lbs.[53]

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References

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  2. KHON2, "EXCLUSIVE: Hanabusa says 2014 run for governor, Senate, House all on table," January 14, 2013
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Political offices
Preceded by
Linda Lingle (R)
Governor of Hawaii
2010 - present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Cecil Heftel
U.S. House of Representatives
1986 - 1987, 1991 - 2010
Succeeded by
Charles Djou (R)