Linda Lingle is a member of BPC’s Governors’ Council. She served as governor of Hawaii from 2002 to 2010.
Lingle took office in December 2002, committed to bringing about a “New Beginning” for Hawaii by making state government more transparent, responsive, and accountable. She was re-elected to a second four-year term in November 2006 by the largest margin of victory in any gubernatorial race in state history.
She was the first Republican governor of Hawaii in more than 40 years. She was also the first former mayor, first woman, first neighbor island resident, and first person of Jewish ancestry to hold the position. In 2005, she was awarded the Diversity Best Practices Award for Leadership in Government—the first such award for a state’s chief executive.
Lingle led the effort to establish the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, which committed the state to generating 70% of its energy from clean sources by 2030.
Her administration focused on improving housing opportunities and lives of the Aloha State’s native Hawaiian population by awarding more homestead leases in 8 years than had been awarded in the previous 80 years.
Robotics education for K-12 was a key part of Lingle’s Innovation Initiative growing until more than 50% of Hawaii’s schools hosted robotics programs.