Kaunakakai, Hawai'i , United States
|| June 04, 1953
Aug 01, 2013 12:54am
Caucasian - Jewish - Moderate-to-Conservative - Anti Marijuana Legalization - Anti School Vouchers - Anti-Civil Unions - Anti-Death Penalty - Anti-Gay Marriage - Pro Free Trade - Pro-Choice - Divorced - Judaism - Disputed -
|Info||Linda Lingle is the sixth Governor of Hawai'i and the first woman to lead the Aloha State since it achieved statehood in 1959. |
Lingle was sworn into office on December 2, 2002 following a campaign in which she pledged to bring about a "New Beginning" for Hawai'i by restoring trust and integrity in government, strengthening the economy, fulfilling commitments to Native Hawaiians and reforming public education.
The Governor first served the people of Hawai'i as a member of the Maui County Council beginning in 1980. She 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. At age 37, she was the youngest person and the first woman to hold this office. In 1994, she won a second mayoral term. Under her leadership, job growth was faster in Maui County than anywhere else in the state.
In 1998, Linda Lingle made her first bid for the Governor's Office, losing by just one percent of the vote. She was later singled out as the most respected woman in Hawai'i in an independent poll commissioned by Honolulu Magazine. After being elected Hawai'i Republican Party Chairman in 1999, she reformed the party and crafted a platform reflecting the majority views of the state electorate. On the newly named GOP Hawai'i ticket, Linda Lingle was elected Governor on November 5, 2002.
Through her close ties with the federal government, the military and the National Governors Association, Governor Lingle has helped Hawai'i gain greater prominence on the national and international scenes. This includes working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to elevate Hawai'i's role in promoting peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.
To improve the performance of Hawai'i's public schools, Governor Lingle formed the CARE [Citizens Achieving Reform in Education] advisory group to produce an action plan for raising student achievement and reforming the statewide education system. She believes key decision-making authority should reside with principals and locally elected school boards, rather than with the statewide Department of Education.
Linda Lingle was born on June 4, 1953, in St. Louis, Missouri. When she was 12, her family moved to Southern California, where she attended public schools. She relocated to Hawai'i in 1975 after graduating cum laude with a journalism degree from California State University, Northridge. In 1976, she founded and began serving as publisher of the Moloka'i Free Press.