Governor of Oregon (2015-present)
First openly bisexual governor
Oregon Secretary of State from 2009-2015
State Senator from 1997-2009
State House of Representative from 1991-1997
Governor of Rhode Island (2015-present)
First woman to serve as Governor of Rhode Island
General Treasurer of Rhode Island (2011-2015)
Governor of New Hampshire (2013-Present)
Majority Leader of the New Hampshire Senate (2008-2010)
State Senator (2005-2010)
Governor of South Carolina (2011-Present)
First woman to serve as Governor of South Carolina.
First female Indian-American and Asian-American governor.
Currently the youngest governor serving.
State Representative (2005-2010)
Governor of Oklahoma (2011-Present)
First woman to serve as Governor of Oklahoma.
Oklahoma's first female Lieutenant Governor.
Third woman to become Chairman of the National Governors Association.
Defeated Lt. Gov. Jari Askins in 2010.
U.S. Representative (2007-2011)
Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma (1995-2007)
State Representative (1990-1995)
Governor of New Mexico (2011-Present)
First woman to serve as Governor of New Mexico.
First female Hispanic-American governor outside Puerto Rico.
Defeated Lt. Gov. Diana Denish in 2010.
New Mexico District Attorney for the 3rd Judicial District (1996-2010)
Assistant District Attorney for the 3rd Judicial District (1986-1992)
Governor of Arizona (2009-2015)
Third consecutive woman to serve as Governor of Arizona.
As Secretary of State, Brewer succeeded Gov. Janet Napolitano when she resigned.
Fourth female Arizona Governor overall.
Arizona Secretary of State (2003-2009)
Maricopa Board of Supervisors Chairwoman (1998-2002)
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Member (1996-2002)
State Senator (1987-1997)
State Representative (1983-1987)
Governor of North Carolina (2009-2013)
First woman to serve as Governor of North Carolina.
Perdue was North Carolina's first female Lieutenant Governor.
Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina (2001-2009)
State Senator (1991-2001)
Governor of Alaska (2006-2009)
First woman to serve as Governor of Alaska.
Alaska's youngest governor.
First female governor to appear on a major party presidential ticket (2008).
Second woman to give birth as governor.
Chairperson of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (2003-2004)
Mayor of Wasilla (1996-2002)
Wasilla City Council Member (1992-1996)
Governor of Washington (2005-2013)
First woman Attorney General in Washington state (1993-2005).
Second woman Chairperson of the National Governors Association (2010-2011).
Washington Attorney General (1993-2005)
Governor of Connecticut (2004-2011)
As Lieutenant Governor, Rell succeeded Gov. John G. Rowland when he resigned.
Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut (1995-2004)
State Representative (1985-1995)
Governor of Louisiana (2004-2008)
First woman to serve as Governor of Louisiana.
Served as governor during Hurricane Katrina.
Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana (1996-2004)
Louisiana Public Service Commissioner (1989-1996)
Governor of Kansas (2003-2009)
Resigned to become Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Obama Administration.
Daughter of Gov. John Gilligan, making them the first father/daughter pair to become governors.
Insurance Commissioner of Kansas (1995-2003)
State Representative (1986-1994)
Governor of Arizona (2003-2009)
First woman elected Arizona Governor twice.
First woman to immediately succeed another woman governor.
First woman Chairperson of the National Governors Association (2006-2007).
Resigned to become the Secretary of Homeland Security in the Obama Administration.
Arizona Attorney General (1999-2003)
U.S. Attorney for District of Arizona (1993-1999)
Governor of Michigan (2003-2011)
First woman to serve as Governor of Michigan.
Michigan Attorney General (1999-2003)
Governor of Utah (2003-2005)
First woman to serve as Governor of Utah.
As Lieutenant Governor, Walker succeeded Gov. Mike Leavitt after he was nominated to lead the Environmental Protection Agency in 2003.
Lieutenant Governor of Utah (1993-2003)
Governor of Hawaii (2002-2010)
First woman to sere as Governor of Hawaii.
Lingle defeated Lt. Gov. Mazie Hirono in the second governor race between two women. In 2012, Hirono defeated Lingle for U.S. Senate.
Chair of the Hawaii Republican Party (1999-2002)
Mayor of Maui (1991-1999)
Governor of Delaware (2001-2009)
First woman to serve as Governor of Delaware.
Lieutenant Governor of Delaware (1993-2001)
State Representative (1975-1982)
Governor of Montana (2001-2005)
First woman to serve as Governor of Montana.
Martz was an Olympic speed skater in 1964.
Lieutenant Governor of Montana (1997-2001)
Governor of Massachusetts (2001-2003)
First governor to give birth in office (to twins).
Took office at age 36, making her the youngest female governor in U.S. history at the time.
Swift succeeded Gov. Paul Cellucci after he was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Canada in 2001.
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (1999-2003)
Secretary of Consumer Affairs of Massachusetts (1997-1998)
State Senator (1991-1997)
Governor of Ohio (1998-1999)
First woman to serve as Governor of Ohio.
Succeeded Gov. George Voinovich for a one-week term when Voinovich resigned to become a U.S. senator.
Hollister became a state representative after leaving the governor's mansion.
State Representative (1999-2004)
Lieutenant Governor of Ohio (1995-1998)
Mayor of Marietta (1984-1991)
Governor of New Hampshire (1997-2003)
First elected woman to serve as Governor of New Hampshire.
First woman to be a governor and a U.S. senator.
U.S. Senator (2009-Present)
State Senator (1992-1996)
Governor of Arizona (1997-2003)
First Republican woman to serve as Governor of Arizona. Hull succeeded Gov. Fife Symington, who resigned due to a felony conviction.
Arizona Secretary of State (1995-1997)
Speaker pro tempore of the Arizona House (1992-1993)
Speaker of the Arizona House (1989-1992)
State Representative (1979-1993)
Governor of New Jersey (1994-2001)
First woman to serve as Governor of New Jersey.
Whitman later became EPA Administrator (2001-2003).
Granddaughter-in-law of former New York Gov. Charles Whitman (R) (1915-1919)
Founder of the Committee for Responsible Government (1993)
President of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (1988-1990)
Somerset County Freeholder (1983-1988)
Governor of Oregon (1991-1995)
First woman to serve as Governor of Oregon.
Oregon Secretary of State (1985-1991)
State Representative (1981-1985)
Governor of Texas (1991-1995)
First female Governor of Texas who was not a wife of a previous governor.
Richards delivered the keynote address at the 1988 Democratic National Convention.
State Treasurer (1983-1991)
Travis County Commissioner (1977-1983)
Governor of Kansas (1991-1995)
First woman to serve as Governor of Kansas.
First woman to defeat an incumbent governor in a general election.
State Treasurer (1975-1991)
Governor of Arizona (1988-1991)
First woman to serve as Governor of Arizona.
Mofford, then Secretary of State, became acting governor after Gov. Evan Mecham was impeached in 1988. Mofford was sworn in two months later, after Mecham was removed from office following his impeachment trial.
Arizona Secretary of State (1977-1988)
Tax Commission Executive Secretary (1947-1960)
Governor of Nebraska (1987-1991)
First Republican woman elected governor.
First woman to serve as Governor of Nebraska.
First woman elected governor over another female major-party candidate, former Lincoln Mayor Helen Boosalis.
State Treasurer (1981-1986)
Governor of Vermont (1985-1991)
First female Jewish governor of any state.
First woman to serve as Governor of Vermont.
First woman elected to three terms as governor.
Kunin was later U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Lieutenant Governor of Vermont (1979-1983)
State Representative (1972-1978)
Governor of Kentucky (1983-1987)
First woman to serve as Governor of Kentucky.
Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1979-1983)
Clerk of the Kentucky Court of Appeals (1975-1979)
Governor of New Hampshire (1982-1983)
First woman Republican governor.
First woman governor of New Hampshire.
Roy acted as governor for one week and was never sworn in.
President of the State Senate (1983-1986)
State Senator (1978-1986)
Campaign adviser to Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush
Governor of Washington (1977-1981)
First woman to serve as Governor of Washington.
Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (January 1975-June 1975)
Atomic Energy Commission Chairwoman (1973-1975)
Governor of Connecticut (1975-1980)
First female governor who was not a wife or widow of a previous governor.
First woman to serve as Governor of Connecticut.
First woman governor to be elected to two consecutive terms.
First woman governor to resign.
U.S. Representative (1971-1975)
Connecticut Secretary of State (1959-1971)
First woman to serve as Governor of Alabama (1967-1968).
First Lady of Alabama (1963-1967)
First female governor to die in office.
First wife of Gov. George Wallace (1963–1967, 1971–1979, and 1983-1987).
Because George Wallace could not seek reelection in 1966, his wife ran for governor with the clear understanding that he would act as governor behind the scenes. George Wallace eventually got term limits repealed and served three more terms.
Governor of Texas (1925-1927, 1933-1935).
First woman to serve as Governor of Texas.
First Lady of Texas (1915-1917), wife of Gov. James E. Ferguson.
After her husband was impeached, convicted and removed from governorship, Miriam ran for office, telling voters they would get "two governors for the price of one."
Governor of Wyoming (1925-1927).
First woman to serve as Governor of Wyoming.
First elected female governor in U.S. (sworn in 15 days before Miriam Ferguson).
Widow of Governor William B. Ross (1923-1924).
Director of U.S. Mint (1933-1953)
Correction: a previous version of this slide stated that Ross was sworn in 12 days before Ferguson.
First woman to carry out the duties of Governor of New Mexico (1924 for two weeks).
In May 1924, Lt. Gov. Jose Baca died and Gov. James F. Hinkle traveled to New York for the Democratic National Convention. As Secretary of State, Soledad Chávez Chacón served as the acting governor.
New Mexico Secretary of State (1923-1926)
First woman "Acting Governor of Oregon" (1909 for one weekend).
Outgoing Gov. George Chamberlain was elected to the U.S. Senate. He resigned as governor and left two days early so he would not be sworn in late, which would have given all other freshman senators seniority over him. Chamberlain's successor, Frank Benson, was too sick to take office early so Chamberlain's "chief of staff," Carolyn Shelton, was left in charge as "Acting Governor." Benson was feeling better and was sworn in at the end of the weekend.