Governor Ige began his political career in 1985 after being appointed by then Governor George Ariyoshi to fill a vacant seat in the Hawai‘i House of Representatives. In 1994, then Representative Ige was elected to the Hawai‘i Senate where he represented his home district until 2014, when he was elected Hawaii’s 8th governor.
Governor Burgum took office as the 33rd governor of North Dakota on December 15, 2016. Prior to successfully winning his first run for political office, he helped lead Great Plains Software from a small startup company in 1983 into an award-winning tech firm that employed thousands of team members from more than 220 cities across North Dakota.
Dennis Daugaard was elected the 32nd Governor of the "Mount Rushmore State" in 2010, and reelected in 2014. The South Dakota native served two terms as Lieutenant Governor prior to his election. Governor Daugaard launched the Western Governors' Workforce Development Initiative upon becoming the 2018 Chair of the Western Governors' Association.