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

  • Borreca, Richard. Election '02 'Big Responsibility' Honolulu Star Bulletin, November 5, 2002.
  • Burris, Jerry. The Good 'Ol Boy' Days Gone By -- Democrats' 'revolution' spanned 40 years Honolulu Advertiser, November 10, 2004.

2006 Inauguration speech

  • Advertiser staff. Gov. Lingle's inauguration speech Honolulu Advertiser, December 5, 2006.
  • DePledge, Derrick. Lingle wants economy shift Honolulu Advertiser, December 5, 2006.
  • Richard Borreca and B.J. Reyes. Restructuring economy top goal -- She calls for a transition from land development to innovation Honolulu Star-Bulletin, December 5, 2006.
  • White, Doug. Cannons fire, flowers fall from choppers, developers look on with raised eyebrows Poinography!, December 5, 2006.

State of the State Address

  • State of the State The text of Gov. Lingle's first State of the State address. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 21, 2003.
  • Borreca, Richard. Lingle presses her agenda Governor Lingle's second State of the State address before Hawaii's legislature is reported. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 27, 2004.
  • Borreca, Richard. Lingle’s speech a chance for unity -- Legislators hope Lingle’s State of the State speech moves toward cooperation Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 24, 2005.
  • Lingle leaves little room for controversy in her speech THE ISSUE: Governor Lingle has called for tax, housing and education measures helping lower- and middle-income families. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 25, 2005.
  • 2006 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS -- Renewing Our Commitment to the People of Hawai`i Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 25, 2006.
  • DePledge, Derrick. Lingle to meet with Segway inventor in innovation push Honolulu Advertiser, January 3, 2007.
  • Lingle's fifth State of the State address Honolulu Advertiser, January 23, 2007.
  • DePledge, Derrick. Lingle revisits theme of innovation for Islands Honolulu Advertiser, January 23, 2007.
  • Borreca, Richard. Lingle rebuts critics of her speech -- The governor defends her land policies and dealings with public employee unions Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 25, 2007.
  • Borreca, Richard. On Politics -- Lingle masters launch of new political season Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 28, 2007.
  • Lind, Ian. A seductive tale -- Gov. Lingle denounces land development-based economy and then announces development deals Honolulu Weekly, January 31, 2007.
  • Borreca, Richard. State of the State talk astounds Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 23, 2008.
  • Governor Linda Lingle. 2008 State of the State Address Office of Governor.
  • Borreca, Richard. State of the State talk astounds Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 23, 2008.
  • Governor Linda Lingle. 2009 State of the State Address Office of Governor, January 26, 2009.

Lingle and Legislature on the Economy

  • Governor Linda Lingle. Economy looks up, but financial challenges loom "edited version of a speech Gov. Linda Lingle presented... at a Rotary Club luncheon in Waikiki" Honolulu Star-Bulletin, August 15, 2004.
  • Sen. Brian Taniguchi and Rep. Dwight Takemine. Governor omitted key chapters in her story of 2004 session A rebuttal to the above story by democrats. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, August 22, 2004.

Lingle fundraising

  • Borreca, Richard. Lingle travels to gain boosters -- The governor's bid for re-election targets mainland donors in several fundraisers Honolulu Star-Bulletin, December 11, 2005.
  • White, Doug. Lingle continues Mainland fundraising; Dems continue to search Poinography!, December 11, 2005.
  • White, Doug. Those from outside Hawaii who gave maximum ($6000) donations to Lingle Poinography!, December 12, 2005.

Energy initiatives

Trade Missions

  • Associated Press. Lingle leads group of 178 on 8-day Philippines tour Honolulu Advertiser, January 3, 2006.
  • White, Doug. Governor defends state trade missions; Ethics Commission is shocked Poinography!, January 24, 2006.
  • White, Doug. Pimping the State made to look easy by DBEDT Poinography!, January 25, 2006.
  • White, Doug. Criticism hurt trade missions, Lingle aide says Poinography!, January 28, 2006.

Robert Awana

Judicial picks

  • Kobayashi, Ken. Governor courts prosecutors -- A third of appointed state judges owe their jobs to Lingle, and her rivals want to keep her from replacing Chief Justice Ronald Moon Honolulu Star-Bulletin, March 9, 2008.


  • Reyes, B.J. Lingle has bipartisan goals in mind – Affordable housing, she says, is a target on her agenda that has public support Honolulu Star-Bulletin, November 9, 2004.
  • Hettena, Seth. Wildlife act reforms urged Lingle joins other Western governors in calling for a greater say in managing land Honolulu Star-Bulletin, December 4, 2004.
  • Borreca, Richard. 2005 will be crucial for Lingle as she maneuvers through Democratic waters Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 16, 2005.
  • Borreca, Richard. Lingle knows a great idea when she sees one Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 30, 2005.
  • Borreca, Richard. Left-leaning Lingle picks up speed Honolulu Star-Bulletin, April 3, 2005.
  • Borreca, Richard. Transit plan wanders off track Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 7-3-05.
  • Borreca, Richard. Legislature overturns a dozen Lingle vetoes, tying a record Honolulu Star-Bulletin, July 13, 2005.
  • White, Doug. Queen of the middle Poinography!, October 31, 2005.
  • White, Doug. Gov’s opposition to Bottle Bill reflected in audit findings Poinography!, November 29, 2005.
  • Stronger law for pedestrians will complement DOT projects by Linda Lingle Honolulu Star-Bulletin, December 4, 2005.
  • White, Doug. Political parties stagger about awkwardly Poinography!, December 18, 2005.
  • White, Doug. Lingle still strong, Dems still without candidate Poinography!, January 7, 2006.
  • Star-Bulletin staff. Lingle gives back Abramoff-related donations Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 9, 2006.
  • Burris, Jerry. Democrats split state with Lingle Honolulu Advertiser, November 19, 2006.
  • Borreca, Richard. On Politics: Who's at fault for GOP's decline? Honolulu Star-Bulletin, November 26, 2006.
  • Reyes, B.J. 'Ohana' flavors Lingle launch -- Working together will be the theme for her second inaugural Honolulu Star-Bulletin, November 29, 2006.
  • Borreca, Richard. Lingle sees mandate to advance agenda -- Former Gov. Cayetano advises change in plan for spending state surplus
  • Borreca, Richard. On Politics: All she really needs is to get out more Honolulu Star-Bulletin, December 3, 2006.
  • Advertiser staff. Lingle raised record $6.7 million Honolulu Advertiser, December 8, 2006.
  • Reyes, B.J. Democrats like gov’s tech plans -- $30.7 million would go toward education and an economic shift Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 13, 2007.
  • OUR OPINION - Shifting Hawaii's economy requires investment THE ISSUE: The governor has proposed a bundle of programs to turn the state's economy toward science and technology. Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 14, 2007.
  • Borreca, Richard. Lingle sees new direction for economy Honolulu Star-Bulletin, June 10, 2007.

Post gubernatorial

  • DePledge, Derrick. Lingle to take 6-month rest -- The governor says she will consider running against U.S. Sen. Dan Akaka, Star-Advertiser, November 11, 2010.
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