Linda Lingle became the second Jewish woman to be elected a US governor when she became governor of Hawai’i in 2002. After graduating California State University, Northridge in 1975, Lingle briefly working for the Teamsters Union as a public information officer in Honolulu. She then founded a community newspaper, the Molokai Free Press, which she ran until she joined the Maui County Council in 1980. In 1990, she became mayor of Maui County. Although she lost her first bid for governor in 1998 by a mere one percentage point, she successfully campaigned in 2002 on a platform of economic growth through deregulation to become the state’s first woman governor. She tried unsuccessfully to restructure the state’s public education system by decentralizing control of schools, and ended health care for the state’s legal immigrants in 2009. In 2012, she ran for a senate seat, but was defeated by Maizie Hirono, who she had defeated in the 2002 gubernatorial race.
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