David Ige

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David Ige
David Ige.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for Governor of Hawaii
Date of primaryAugust 9, 2014
Current office
Hawaii State Senate District 16
In office
1994 - Present
Term ends
November 4, 2014
Years in position 21
Base salary$46,272/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Hawaii - Manoa (1979)
Master'sUniversity of Hawaii - Manoa (1985)
Date of birthJanuary 15, 1957
Place of birthHonolulu, Hawaii
ProfessionProject Manager, R. A. Ige and Associates
Campaign website
David Ige (b. January 15, 1957) is a Democratic member of the Hawaii State Senate, representing the District 16. He was first elected to the chamber in 1994. He currently serves as the State Senate Technology Leader.

Ige served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1986 to 1993.

Ige was as a candidate for Governor of Hawaii in 2014. [1] He is challenging incumbent Gov. Neil Abercrombie in the Democratic primary election on August 9, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Ige earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaii-Manoa in 1979 and his M.B.A. in Decision Sciences/Finance in 1985.

Ige's professional experience includes working as an Electronics Engineer/Analyst for Pacific Analysis Corporation, working as a Senior Administrator for General Telephone and Electronics Hawaiian Telephone from 1981 to 1999, working as Project Manager for Pihana Pacific, Limited Liability Company, from 1999 to 2001, working as Vice President of Engineering for Net Enterprise, Incorporated from 2001 to 2002, and working as Project Manager for R. A. Ige and Associates, Incorporated since 2003.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ige served on the following committees:

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Ways and Means, Chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ige served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Ige served on these committees:



See also: Hawaii gubernatorial election, 2014

Ige ran for election to the office of Governor of Hawaii. He sought the Democratic nomination in the primary election against incumbent Neil Abercrombie on August 9, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Race background

Defeat for Abercrombie

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 hanging over Abercrombie's re-election bid. Still, David Ige's upset by a 2-to-1 margin marked a stunning early elimination for the incumbent despite Abercrombie's 10-to-1 spending advantage.[2][3][4][5][6] 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.[7]

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 supported Abercrombie's push for the measure in the legislature. Abercrombie further argued that his absence in the general election paved the way for the Republicans to reclaim the governor's seat in the general election and ultimately block the measure's progress.[8]

Vulnerable seat

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 percent to 41 percent.[9][10] Despite having secured the endorsement of fellow Hawaii native President Barack Obama (D), more attention was paid to Ige's endorsements from ex-governors Ben Cayetano and George Ariyoshi. Both ex-governors are influential Hawaii Democrats who were previously considered close allies of Abercrombie.[11][12]

Controversy over U.S. Senate appointment

The notable defections of Cayetano and Ariyoshi may have stemmed from Abercrombie's controversial December 2012 decision to appoint 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). Abercrombie's decision to appoint Schatz meant defying Inouye's deathbed wish for the appointment of U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa as his replacement.[13][14] 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.[15][16][17] After the Senate post was given to Schatz, Hanabusa threatened a challenge to Abercrombie in the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary nomination.[18] 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.

Aiona's second run for governor

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 Duke Aiona. Aiona was the 2010 Republican gubernatorial nominee and lost the office to Abercrombie four years ago. Aiona launched his second bid in early 2014 in hopes of staging a general election rematch with Abercrombie. Polls taken prior to Abercrombie's primary knockout reinforced expectations of a tight general election contest between the former foes.[9] On August 9, Aiona won the GOP nomination for the second consecutive cycle, earning 97 percent of the vote in a three-way race.[5]


Ige's 2014 gubernatorial campaign has been endorsed by ex-governors Ben Cayetano and George Ariyoshi, both considered former allies of Ige's Democratic primary opponent, incumbent Neil Abercrombie. [19]


See also: Hawaii State Senate elections, 2012

Ige won re-election in the 2012 election for Hawaii State Senate District 15. Ige ran unopposed in the August 11 Democratic primary and defeated Mike Greco (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. [20][21][22]

Hawaii State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Ige Incumbent 79.3% 14,156
     Republican Mike Greco 20.7% 3,705
Total Votes 17,861


On November 4, 2008, Ige won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate from Hawaii's 16th Senate District. Ige ran unopposed in the general election. He raised $21,595 for his campaign. [23]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ige is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Ige raised a total of $189,573 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 25, 2013.[24]

David Ige's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State Senate, District 16 Won $75,760
2010 Hawaii State Senate, District 16 Not up for election $18,028
2008 Hawaii State Senate, District 16 Won $21,595
2006 Hawaii State Senate, District 16 Not up for election $4,750
2004 Hawaii State Senate, District 16 Won $24,675
2002 Hawaii State Senate, District 16 Won $20,515
1998 Hawaii State Senate, District 17 Won $24,250
Grand Total Raised $189,573


Ige won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Ige raised a total of $75,760.


Ige was not up for election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Ige raised a total of $18,028.


Ige won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Ige raised a total of $21,595.


Ige was not up for election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Ige raised a total of $4,750.


Ige won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Ige raised a total of $24,675.


Ige won re-election to the Hawaii State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Ige raised a total of $20,515.


Ige won election to the Hawaii State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, Ige raised a total of $24,250.


Hawaii Grassroot Institute

See also: Hawaii Grassroot Institute Scorecard

The Grassroot Institute issued its 2010 Legislative Score Card that tallied the votes of Hawaii legislators and graded their votes based on the Institute's values of individual liberty, free markets, and limited government.[25] The Institute observed state legislators' votes on issues involving taxes, spending, scope of government, business climate, and raids on special funds. Ige received a total score of 24%. Here are the scores Ige received based on specific categories.

2010 Hawaii Senate Legislative Scorecard
Taxes Business climate Spending Individual liberty Raids Scope of government
37% 13% 0% 67% 16% 0%


Ige and his wife, Dawn, have three children.

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  1. 2013/07/09/hawaii-gov-abercrombie-gets-a-primary-challenger/ The Washington Post, Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie gets a primary challenger, July 9, 2013
  2. Cook Political Report, "2014 Governors Race Ratings," May 16, 2014
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named reelec
  4. Real Clear Politics, "2014 Governor Races, Ratings Map," accessed June 30, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 Hawaii Division of Elections, "Primary Election 2014 Results - Final Summary Report," August 10, 2014
  6. Politico, "Schatz-Hanabusa race too close to call," August 10, 2014
  7. Honolulu Civil Beat, "Ige Holds Healthy Lead Over Abercrombie in Hawaii Governor’s Race," June 12, 2014
  8. USA Today, "Hawaii gov. blames political loss on gay marriage," August 30, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Honolulu Civil Beat, "Ige Holds Healthy Lead Over Abercrombie in Hawaii Governor’s Race," June 12, 2014
  10. Honolulu Civil Beat, "Civil Beat Poll: Ige Maintains Solid Lead Over Abercrombie," July 31, 2014
  11. khon2.com, "HSTA endorses David Ige for governor," February 16, 2014
  12. The Star Advertiser, "Abercrombie loses support of former ally Cayetano," November 17, 2013
  13. Washington Post, "Gov. Abercrombie to appoint Inouye’s replacement," December 17, 2012
  14. The Washington Post, "Hawaii governor picks Brian Schatz for Inouye’s seat," December 26, 2012
  15. WMTW.com, "Inouye gave preference for successor before he died," December 18, 2012
  16. CBS news, "Inouye replacement to be named Wednesday," December 24, 2012
  17. Civil Beat, "Inouye's Last Wish Is Abercrombie's Biggest Burden," December 24, 2012
  18. The Hill, "Source: Hanabusa receiving 'a lot of pressure' to run against Abercrombie," December 27, 2012
  19. The Star Advertiser, "Abercrombie loses support of former ally Cayetano," November 17, 2013
  20. State of Hawaii: Office of Elections, "Federal/State/County Candidates, 2012 Primary Elections," retrieved June 11, 2012
  21. Hawaii Secretary of State - Official 2012 Primary Results
  22. State of Hawaii Office of Elections, “Hawaii General 2012 - State of Hawaii – Statewide,” November 20, 2012
  23. District 16 Hawaii Senate candidate funds, 2008
  24. followthemoney.org, "Ige, David," Accessed June 25, 2013
  25. Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, "2010 Legislative Score Card," accessed October 23, 2013
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