Former Rep. Neil Abercrombie

Democrat  •  Hawaii 11 Terms  •  Sworn In 1985
Last Term 2009 - 2010 View All


Neil Abercrombie was born June 26, 1938, in Buffalo, New York. Abercrombie was educated at at Union College in Schenectady, New York. He obtained his B.A. in Sociology in 1959 and his M.A. in Sociology in 1964. He moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, to become a public school teacher at various elementary and high schools in the Hawaii State Department of Education. He also pursued work as a probation officer for the Hawaii State Judiciary. While teaching, Abercrombie studied at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he obtained his Ph.D. in American Studies in 1974. With his doctorate, Abercrombie became a sociologist and joined the University of Hawaii System faculty as a professor.

Abercrombie's first political campaign in 1970 was for the Democratic nomination to run for the U.S. Senate. Unsuccessful, Abercrombie ran for the Hawaii State House of Representatives where he served from 1975 to 1979. He moved to the upper chamber by winning a seat in the Hawaii State Senate, where he served from 1979 to 1986. When Cecil Heftel resigned from Congress to run for Governor of Hawaii, Abercrombie entered the race for the Democratic nomination to replace Heftel and won. He was elected to Congress in the following special election, serving from September 20, 1986, to January 3, 1987; he was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1986. Abercrombie ran for and won, a seat of the Honolulu City Council where he served from 1988 to 1990. At the end of his council tenure, Abercrombie once again ran for Congress and won and was re-elected in successive elections from 1992 through 2004. Read More...

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