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Neil Abercrombie

Honolulu County

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Neil Abercrombie (born June 26, 1938) is an American politician who served as the seventh Governor of Hawaiʻi from 2010 to 2014. Born in Buffalo, New York. Abercrombie attended Union College in Schenectady, New York graduating in 1959 with a BA in Sociology. He entered graduate school that fall at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa earning his MA in Sociology and PhD in American Studies.

Abercrombie began his political career in 1974, after winning a seat in the Hawaiʻi State House of Representatives. He served in the Hawaiʻi State House until 1979, when he was elected to the Hawaiʻi State Senate. Abercrombie went to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1986 in a special election. Abercrombie served the remainder of that term until 1987. He served on the Honolulu City Council from 1988 to 1990 before returning to Congress in 1991. Abercrombie served 10 consecutive terms in the House before being elected Governor of Hawaiʻi.

He is a co-author with Richard Hoyt of Blood of Patriots—a novel of political terrorism at the nerve center of American democracy in Washington D.C.

Since 2015 he has a successful consulting and business career with Pacific Strategies LLC in Honolulu.

Last modified: May 28, 2024
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