Linda Lingle

Born:June 4, 1953 (age 70)
Career:Governor of Hawaii, 2002-2011
Mayor of Maui County, 1991-1999
Maui County Council, 1980-1990
Education:B.A., California State University at Northridge

Linda Lingle was Hawaii's first female governor, serving from 2002-2010.

Lingle was born on June 4, 1953, in St. Louis, Missouri. When she was 12 years old, her family moved to Southern California. She received her bachelor's degree in journalism from California State University, Northridge in 1975. After college, Lingle followed her father to Hawaii where she worked as a public information officer for Hawaii Teamsters and Hotel Workers Union in Honolulu, then moved to Molokai and founded Molokai Free Press, a community newspaper.

Lingle served on the Maui County Council from 1980-1990, and then as mayor of Maui County from 1990-1998. In 2012, Lingle was the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, but lost in the general election.


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