Republican politician who became the first female and the first Jewish governor of Hawaii when she was elected in 2002. She also served as the Mayor of Maui from 1991 to 1999.
She graduated cum laude from California State University, Northridge in 1975.
She was appointed to serve on the honorary delegation to accompany
She married her first husband Charles Lingle in 1972 and she was the first governor of Hawaii not to have any children.
She is friends with Sarah Palin, who was also a female governor from a non-contiguous state.