Female Governors from 2015

Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership

from 2015

This is a list of female governors both of federal territories and unitarian states. This means that some of the governors listed are the actual leaders of the states, other are official representatives of the central power with no executive roles.

2015- Governor Maria Suely Silva Campos, Roraima (Brazil)
Suely Campos was federal deputy 2003-07 and former Mayor of Letras. (b. 1953-)

2015- Governor Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island (USA)
General Treasurer for the State of Rhode Island 2011-14. (b. 1971-)

2015- Mayor Muriel Bowser, District of Columbia (USA)
Member of the Council of the District of Columbia (Washington D.C.) since 2007. (b. 1972-)

2015- Governor Helena Taipo, Sofala  (Mozambique)
Minister of Labour 2005-15.

2015- Governor Iolanda Maria Pedro Campos Cintura, Maputo City  (Mozambique)
Iolanda Cintura was Minister of Women´s Affairs and Social Welfare 2010-15.

2015- Governor Celmira Silva, Cabo Delgado (Mozambique)
Former official in the Ministry of Youth and Sport

2015- Governor Stella da Graca Pinto Novo Zeca, Gaza  (Mozambique)
Stella da Graca Pinto is former Deputy Director of the Quuelimane branch of the Pedagogic University

2015- Governor Amara Piyaseeli Ratnayake, North Western Province (Sri Lanka)
Entered the political arena after her husband, W.M. Wimalaratne Bandara, was killed by political opponents and was MP 1977-2004. Deputy Minister of Transport 1987-88, State Minister of Home Affairs 1988-91, Minister in charge of Public Administration 1991-94 and 2001-04 Minister in charge of Women's Affairs. (b. 1938-).

2015-16 (†) Governor Surangani Ellawala, Central Province (Sri Lanka)
She lived (1939-2016).

2015 Acting Governor Eva Valjentová, Karlovarský Region (Czech Republic)
Deputy Governor from 2012.

2015- Governor Kate Brown, Oregon (USA)
As Secretary of State 2009-15, she succeeded to the governorship after her predecessor resigned. Member of the Oregon House of Representatives 1991-97 and Senate 1997-2009. The first openly bisexual elected official in the US. (b. 1960-).

2015- Governor Irina Vlah, Gagauz-Yeri (Moldova)

MP 2005-09 and 2014-15. Left the Communist Party in 2014. (b. 1974-).

2015-16 Fylkesmann Christl Kvam, Oppland (Norway)

Trade Union Leader and State Secretary of Labour and Social Affairs from 2016. (1962-).

2015-16 Fylkesmann Brit Skjelbred, Sør-Trøndelag (Norway)

Trade Union Leader and State Secretary of Labour and Social Affairs from 2016. (1962-).

2015- Landshövding Ylva Thörn, Darlana (Sweden)
Former Chair of a Trade Union. (b. 1954-)2013-17 Deputy
2017- Governor
2002-12 head of the state-run Alexandria water supply company. She was elected a member of parliament in 2010 on a ticket of the then ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) of longtime President Hosni Mubarak who was forced to step down in a 2011 uprising.

2015- Landshövding Maria Larsson, Örebro län (Sweden)

Former Christian Democrat MP and Deputy Minsiter of Social Affairs 2006-2014. (b. 1956-)

2015-  Lieutenant-Governor Janice Filmon, Manitoba (Canada)
Former chair on the CancerCare Foundation board of directors and is a noted healthcare fundraiser in Manitoba.

2015-  Lord-Lieutenant Anne Maw, Somerset  (United Kingdom)
Invoved in charities and High Sheriff of Somerset in 2008.

2015-  Lord-Lieutenant Susan Margaret Winfield, Tyne and Wear  (United Kingdom)
Civil Servant and former High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear

2015-  Lord-Lieutenant the Countess of Euston, Suffolk (United Kingdom)
Lady Claire Euston has been inovled in community work and is the mother of the Duke of Grafton and four daughters.

2015- Lieutenant-Governor Lois Mitchell, Alberta (Canada)
Former business woman.

2015- Governor Sima Joyenda, Ghor (Afghanistan)
A member of the Emergency Loya Jirga in 2002, as well as in the Constitutional Loya Jirga in 2003, she worked as teacher and in the provincial administration. (b. 1971-)

2015- Governor Masoods Muradi. Daikundi (Afghanistan)
Civil servant.

2015- Governor Linda Dessau, Victoria (Australia)
She was judge of the Family Court of Australia 1995-2013. (b. 1953-)

2015- Governor Rosana Bertone, Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and the Islands of the South Atlantics (Argentina)
MP 2003-13 and Senator 2013-15. (b. 1972-)

2015- Government Delegate Concepción Dancausa Treviño, Madrid (Spain)
Member of the Assembly 2003-15 and Parliament President 2003-05, National MP 2003-07 and 1. Deputy Mayor of the City of Madrid 2013-15. (b. 1952-)

' 2015- Government Delegate María José Salgueiro Cortiñas, Castilla y León, Madrid (Spain)
Councillor of Interior and Administration 2000-03, Councillor of Culture and Tourism 2007-11 and Vice-Councillor of Administration and Interior 2011-15.

2015- Government Delegate Cristina Herrera Santa-Cecilia, Extremadura (Spain)
Former member of the Assembly

2015 Voivode Katarzyna Osos, Lubuski (Poland)
MP from 2015.

2015- Voivode Agata Wojtyszek, Świętokrzyski (Poland)
Former local councillor.

2015- Voivode Ewa Leniart, Podkarpacki (Poland)
Former local councillor.

2015-16 Acting Governor Valentyna Ivanivna Sichova, Kherson (Ukraine)
(b. 1952-)

2015-16 Special Commisisoner Marie Thérèse Gberengbo, Nord-Ubangi (Democratic Republic of Congo)
2016- Gov
ernor of the Province of Nord-Ubangi

In 2016, 21 new Provinces were established.

2015-16 Special Commissioner Marceline Mondjiba Akondoma, Mongala (Democratic Republic of Congo)

2015 Acting Governor Jacqueline Victor, Hatohobei (Hatobohei) (Palau)

2015- Governor Huana Kyoshi Nestor, Hatohobei (Hatobohei) (Palau)

2015- Governor Alicia Kirchner Ostić, Santa Cruz (Argentina)
Minister of Social Development Alicia Kirchner (2003-05 and 2006-2015) and Senator 2005-06. (b. 1946-).

2015- Governor María Eugenia Vidal, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Minister of Social Development of the City of Bueos Aires 2008-11 and Deputy Chief of the Government 2011-14. (b. 1973-)

2015- Governor Yasemin Özata Çetinkaya, Sinop (Turkey)
Former Deputy Provincial Governor and District Governor.

  2015- Walie Fatma Zohra Raïs, Guelma (Algeria)
Former Secretary General of 2 other gouvernerates, Deputy Prefect of Zéralda 2008-10 and of Birtouta 2010-15

2015- Governor Madelaine Bamwizere, Bururi (Burundi)

2015 Governor-Elect Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan, Taraba State (Nigeria)
Former Senator. A lower court declared the election of her predecessor as illegal and her as the elected governor, but this was later reversed by the Appeal Court. She was Appointed Minister of Women´s Affairs in November 2015.

2015- Governor Rhodora Cadiao, Antiqua (The Philippines)
Dodod Cadiao was  Vice-Governor 2013-16.

2016- Governor Czarina Umali, Nueva Ecija (The Philippines)
Her husband is member of the Congress.

2016- Governor Maria Jocelyn Bernos, Abra (The Philippines)
Former Congresswoman

2016- Governor Maria Luisa De La Fuente Romualdo, Camiguin (The Philippines)
Mayor of Mambajao 2007-16 and married to the former governor of the province.

  2016- Governor Bedjoria Alonto-Adiong, Lanao del Sul (The Philippines)
Her husband was governor of the Province 2001 until his death 3 years later and her son Governor 2007-16 and Vice-Governor from 2016. Another son is also an influential politician.

2016- Governor Kathy Jyll Mayaen-Luis, Mountain Province (The Philippines)
Her father was the only candidate for Governor in 2016 when he died of a hart attack. She was elected unopposed.

2016- Governor Susan Sulit-Yap, Tarla (The Philippines)
Elected to the Congress in 2010 after the death of her father.

2016- Governor Dilian Francisca Toro, Valle del Cauca (Colombia)

Former Mayor, Health Administrator, Senator 2002-13 and President of the Senado and of the Congreso 2006-07. became Governor of  in 2016. (b. 1959-).

2016- Governor Oneida Rayeth Pinto Pérez, La Guajira (Colombia)
Mayor of Albania 2007-11

2016- Governor Rosa Cotes de Zuñiga, Magdalena (Colombia)
Her husband, Francisco Zuñiga, was mayor of the provincial capital.

2016- Governor Marcela Amaya García, Meta (Colombia)
Member of the Congress 2008-14.

2016- Governor Sorrel Parisa Aroca Rodríguez, Putumayo (Colombia)
Member of the Local Legislature and former Vice-President.

2016- Governor Ilolang Sisca Vogt, Ngeremlengui (Palau)

2016- Acting Governor Natalya Zhdanova, Zabaikalsky kray (Russia)
Former member of the local government and Chair of the Parliament.

2016- Governor Niluka Ekanayake, Central Province (Sri Lanka)
Journalist and editor.

2016- Governor Yuriko Koike, Tokyo (Japan)
2003-06 Minister of Environment, 2004-06 Minister of State in charge of Okinawa and Northern Territories, 2005-06 Minister of State of Global Environment Issues, 2006-07 National Defence Advisor of the Prime Minister, Minister of Defence in 2007 and Candidate for the selection of a new party leader (and Prime Minister) of the Liberal Democratic Party in 2008. (b. 1952-).

2016- Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, Puducherry (India)
Director General of Police Director General of Police 1972–2007 and BJP Candidate for Chief Minister of Delhi in 2015. The Union Territory was previously known as Pondicherry. (b. 1948-).

2016- Governor Najma Akbarali Heptulla, Manipur (India)
Deputy Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha 1985-86 and 1988-2004 and Acting Chair in 1997 and 1999, President of Inter-Parliamentary Union 1999-2002 and Union Minister of Minority Affairs 2014-16. (b. 1940-).

2016- Governor Judith Kazayire, Eastern Province (Rwanda)
Vice-Mayor of Kigali in 2016.

2016- Governor Marie Rose Mureshyankwano, Southern Province (Rwanda)
MP until 2016

2016- Governor Jaroslava Jermanová, Stredoceský (Czechia)
MP and Deputy Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies 2013-16. (b. 1970-)

2016- Lord-Lieutenant Fiona Armstrong, Lady MacGregor of MacGregor, Dumfries (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
TV-broadcaster and author. Married to Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor, 7th Baronet MacGregor and 24th Chief of Clan Gregor.

2016- Lord-Lieutenant Sara Elinor Edwards, Dyfed (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
News reader on Welsh BBC and involved in various charities. Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed 2011-15.

2016- Lord-Lieutenant Morfudd Ann Meredith, South Glamorgan (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Former High Sheriff of South Glamorgan and engaged in the voluntary sector

  2016-17 Acting Governor Solomiya Anatoliyivna Bobrovs'ka, Odessa (Ukraine)
(b. 1989).

2016 - Landshövding Anneli Hulthén, Skåne Län (Sweden)
Mayor and Chairman of the City Executive in Gothenburg 2009-16. (b. 1960-).

2016- Acting Landshövding Malin Almqvist, Kalmar (Sweden)
As Länsråd and Deuty to the Landshövding she acts during a vacancy on the post.

2016 Acting Landshövding Anneli Wirtén, Jönköping (Sweden)
Appointed Länsråd and Deputy to the Landshövding in 2012.


2016- Governor Margaud Godoy, Cojedes (Venezuela)
Until 2016 Vice-Minister of Communities and Social Movements.
2017- Acting Governor Caryl Bertho, Aragua (Venzeuela)
Secretary of Interior and Administration in the state 2013-17.

2017- Acting Governor Zenaida Gallardo, Barinas (Venezuela)
Former Secretary General of the state government 2013-17.

2017- Governor Nadia Ahmed Abdu, the Al-Buhaira Province (Egypt)
Her name is lso transcribed as Abdo or Abdou. She was Head of the state-run Alexandria water supply company 2002-12, MP in 2010 and Vice-Governor of the Province, whose name is also transcribed as Beheira 2013-17.

Until 2017 Rasitsa Dobreva, Pleven (Bulgaria)

2017- Governor Veska Shosheva, Stara Zagora (Bulgaria)

  2017- Governor Ivanka Baeva, Gabrovo (Bulgaria)

2017- Landshövding Ingrid Burman, Kronoberg (Sweden)
MP 1996-2006, Vice-Chairperson of Vänsterpartiet (Left Party) 2003-2006. (b. 1952-)

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