The Ripon Forum

Volume 51, No. 6

December 2017

Ripon Profile of Linda Lingle

By on December 6, 2017

…from the February/March 2007 edition:

Name: Linda Lingle

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Current job: Governor, State of Hawai`i.

Hobbies: Swimming 3,000 yards, four times per week and walking regularly, eading and watching movies.

Songs on my playlist: Primarily Hawaiian music, including “Just Along for the Ride”, by Na Leo, a trio of local women. I also listen to rock n’ roll and country music.

Books that I’d recommend: I enjoy reading biographies – in particular, I would recommend: Japanese Eyes American Hearts: Personal Reflections of Hawai`i’s World War II Nisei Soldiers, by the Hawai`i Nikkei History Editorial Board; Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin; and The World is Flat, by Thomas Friedman.

Inspiration: My grandmother had a profound influence on my life. I greatly admired her wisdom and love for seeing the “good in people.” After graduating from California State University – Northridge with a degree in Journalism, I moved to Hawai`i, where I had the opportunity to cover the political landscape and become involved in my community. I saw the difference one person could make in the lives of others, and was drawn to public service.

Most important issues facing America: It is essential that we equip and significantly increase the number of secondary school graduates with world-class analytical and problem solving skills developed through science, technology, engineering and math education. In Hawai`i, my Administration is proposing specialized math and science programs for junior high and high school students designed to prepare Hawai`i’s youth to succeed in an increasingly global economy. We will also incorporate business internships in our education system to expose our students to a variety of career choices. Along the same lines, my Administration is proposing several initiatives to help Hawai`i’s existing workforce quickly acquire the skills needed for gainful employment in emerging, innovative  industries. Through these proposals, we hope to cultivate a quality 21st century workforce.

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