HONOLULU (May 1, 2014) — The Hawaii State Senate today honored one of its longest continuously serving members of its body for having devoted more than half his life to representing residents of Pearl City and Aiea.
Lawmakers presented Sen. David Ige, who has chosen not to seek re-election to his Senate seat, with a certificate of appreciation commending his service to the state of Hawaii.
“The legislature has been fortunate to have a visionary leader such as Senator Ige,” said Senate President Donna Mercado Kim. “He has brought two decades of skilled experience and insight that has allowed us to fulfill our goals at its highest potential.”
“It’s been an honor to work side-by-side with Sen. Ige,” said Sen. Michelle Kidani, vice chair of the Ways and Means Committee. “He’s a devoted public servant, and Hawaii is better today because of his leadership. We wish him and his family all the best.”
Sen. Kidani offered up the certificate on behalf of the Hawaii State Senate:
“The Senate is pleased to recognize Hawaii residents for their service in the public interest and exceptional leadership over a sustained period of years. In this spirit, the Senate commends a member of this body – Senator David Y. Ige – for having devoted more than half his life to representing residents of Pearl City and Aiea as a member of the State Legislature.
David Ige was appointed by Governor George Ariyoshi to a vacant seat in the House of Representatives in December, 1985, at the age of 28. He took his seat in the session of the Thirteenth Legislature that convened on his 29th birthday, January 15, 1986.
David and his colleagues, Les Ihara, Jr., and Brian Taniguchi, were elected to the Senate in 1994, and today the three of them are the longest continuously serving members of this body. For that kind of endurance alone, they warrant commendation.
David’s 20-year tenure in the Senate has been marked by thoughtful, intelligent, insightful and forward-thinking policy proposals that have always sought to build solid foundations for a better Hawaii. His well-recognized ability to understand the big picture implications of decisions for which we are responsible as elected officials has contributed to his effectiveness as a leader among us. We are so fortunate to have benefitted from his wisdom and counsel.
Now, David has chosen not to seek re-election to his Senate seat. He will leave behind a distinguished record of accomplishments and accolades too numerous to recite. However, we do acknowledge his key role in supporting public education through increased funding, allowing more autonomy and fiscal flexibility, and authoring the first laws creating charter schools.
We note his authorship of the Hawaii Telecommunications and Information Industries Act. We are grateful for his focus on transforming the Legislature to make government more accessible that has made this body a national leader in electronic accessibility. In 2010, to recognize his leadership on the Senate’s paperless initiative, David was awarded the National Association of State Chief Information Officers State Technology Innovator Award.
In more recent years, we cannot help but stand in awe of his grasp of the State budget and the process by which it is formulated under his leadership as Chair of the Committee on Ways and Means.
Like most of his colleagues, David works in the private sector. He is a successful electrical engineer and project manager with a 34-year career devoted to information technology, telecommunications, networks and responsible public communication policy. He served with distinction for more than 18 years as an engineer at GTE Hawaiian Tel.
Literally closer to home, the Senator is a devoted husband to his wife Dawn and a loving father to their three children, Lauren, Amy and Matthew. They have provided unquestioned, loyal support and encouragement to David as he has pursued his professional and public service careers.
The Senate of the Twenty-seventh Hawaii State Legislature, Regular Session of 2014, commends Senator David Y. Ige for his tireless commitment to improving the lives of all Hawaii residents. With sincere gratitude, the Senate further extends warmest Aloha and best wishes to our departing colleague, with the wish for good health and much success in life beyond legislating.”