James Aiona

James Aiona REPRepublican

Hawaiian-American politician

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James AionaREPRepublican Hawaiian-American politician
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James R. "Duke" Aiona Jr. (born June 8, 1955) is an American politician and jurist who served as the tenth lieutenant governor of Hawaii under Linda Lingle from 2002 to 2010. A Republican, he also served both as an attorney and a judge for the state prior to becoming lieutenant governor. Aiona was the Republican nominee for Governor of Hawaii in the 2010 election, but was defeated by Democrat Neil Abercrombie in the general election. He was the Republican nominee once again in the 2014 election, but lost to Democrat David Ige. In June 2022, Aiona announced that he would be run again for a third time in the Republican nomination for the 2022 election, which he lost to Democrat Josh Green, the incumbent Hawaii Lieutenant Governor.

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Education6 - 6 of 4
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Saint Louis School
University of the Pacific
William S. Richardson School of Law
Past Positions1 - 13 of 13
Lieutenant Governor
State of Hawaii
2002 - 2010
Board Member
Maryknoll School District
1995 - 1998
Executive Vice President
Development & Recruitment, Saint Louis School
2011 - Current
Administrative Judge
Hawaii Drug Court
1996 - 1998
Civil Division of the First Circuit Court on Oahu
1993 - 1996
District Family Court
1990 - 1993
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
Department of the Prosecuting Attorney, City and County of Honolulu
Deputy Corporation Counsel
City and County of Honolulu
Deputy Prosecutor
City and County of Honolulu
Law Clerk
Honorable Wendell K. Huddy
Legal Consultant
Litigation Branch Chief
City and County of Honolulu
Substitute Teacher
Other Experience1 - 7 of 7
Soccer, Basketball
Board, Saint Louis School
Aerospace States Association
Advisory Committee
Hawaii Drug Court
National Advisory Council, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Advisory Commission on Drug-Free Communities
Keep Children Alcohol Free