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Linda Lingle

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Linda Lingle, elected Hawaii's sixth governor in 2002, is Hawaii's first woman govenor and second elected Republican governor since statehood (William F. Quinn, the state's first governor was a Republican).

Governor Lingle's election is startling and breathtaking in the largely Democratic state of Hawaii. The late and unexpected departure of Democratic gubernatorial contender Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris from the governor's race, under cloud of investigation, left the Democratic Party scrambling for another contender to back. This may be part of the reason for Lingle's election but there can be no denying a deep disenchantment with Democratic squabbling, mismanagement and a loss of idealistic fervor that first brought the Democrats to power in the 1950's. A large number of Democrats stayed away from the polls in 2002, allowing for Hawaii's first Republican governor.

Political History

In 1980, Lingle was elected to the Maui County Council, her first elective office. Lingle went on to serve five two-year terms, three representing the island of Moloka`i. Linda Lingle was elected Mayor of Maui County in 1990. In 1994, she won a second mayoral term.

In 1998, unable to seek a third term as mayor because of term limits, Lingle was nominated by the Hawaii Republican Party to run against incumbent Governor Benjamin J. Cayetano. Lingle was defeated in the closest election in Hawaiian history. Only a single percentage point separated the two candidates.

After the defeat, Lingle was elected chairman of the Hawai'i Republican Party. She served from 1999 to 2002.

Gov. Cayetano, unable to seek reelection in 2002 due to term limits, announced his retirement from political service. Lingle was again nominated as the Republican candidate for the office of Governor of Hawaii. She ran and won against Mazie Hirono who was Lt. Governor under Cayetano. Lingle won the 2002 election alongside former state judge James Aiona, Jr., who became Lingle's lieutenant governor.

In 2006, Governor Lingle won reelection, beating Democratic candidate Randy Iwase.

Personal History

Lingle was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1953. When she was 12, her family moved to Southern California. She relocated to Hawai`i in 1975 after graduating cum laude with a journalism degree from California State University, Northridge. Lingle followed her father who had come a couple years earlier to Hawaii to open Cutter Ford in Aiea on the island of Oahu. She first in Honolulu as a public information officer for the Teamsters and Hotel Workers Union. Then, in 1976, she founded and began serving as publisher of the Molokai Free Press on the island of Molokai.

Lingle was married and divorced twice. She married her first husband while in college. Upon leaving California for Hawai'i, she divorced him but kept the Lingle name. During her term as mayor of Maui County, Lingle divorced her second husband, Maui attorney William Crockett. Lingle is currently single and has no children.

External Links

2002 Election

2006 Inauguration speech

State of the State Address

Lingle and Legislature on the Economy

Lingle fundraising

Energy initiatives

Trade Missions

Robert Awana

Judicial picks


Post gubernatorial

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This page was last modified 21:16, 11 November 2010 by dKosopedia user Jbet777. Based on work by The Cunctator and dKosopedia user(s) Allamakee Democrat and IrishAlum. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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