State of Hawai‘i
Governor Neil Abercrombie is the State of Hawai‘i‘s seventh Governor (Hawaii had eleven governors prior to becoming a state). He was inaugurated into office on December 6, 2010.
Governor Abercrombie grew up in Williamsville, New York, and attended Union College in New York State. He came to Hawai‘i in September 1959, the month after statehood, to be a teaching assistant at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, where he earned a Master’s degree in Sociology and later a Ph.D. in American Studies.
To support himself as a graduate student, Governor Abercrombie worked as a waiter at Chuck’s Steak House in Waikiki, a locker desk clerk at the Central YMCA, a custodian at Mother Rice Preschool, a construction apprentice program director, an elementary school teacher and a college lecturer.
Governor Abercrombie served in the State House of Representatives from 1975 to 1979 and in the State Senate from 1979 to 1986. He helped elderly depositors regain their life savings when Manoa Finance collapsed. Governor Abercrombie helped start the award-winning Healthy Start prevention program for at-risk mothers and children.
In 1986, Governor Abercrombie won a special election to Congress to fill the remaining term of Congressman Cec Heftel. He returned home to serve as Special Assistant to the Superintendent of Education where he helped implement Hawai‘i’s distance-learning programs.
From 1988 to 1990, Governor Abercrombie was elected to serve on the Honolulu City Council.
In 1990, Governor Abercrombie was elected to return to Congress and represented Hawai`i’s first Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives until 2010. While in Congress, he served as chairman of the Armed Forces Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces, and a senior member on the Natural Resources Committee.
Governor Abercrombie is married to Dr. Nancie Caraway, an award-winning author and authority on international human trafficking.