Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership
USA Local Leaders 

Female suffrage in the states: Massachusetts Women property owners could vote for all elective offices 1691-1780,
New Jersey All property owners had suffrage 1776-1807 - including Widows and single women. They voted in the 1800 Presidential elections, Virginia 1799 female suffrage in Elizabeth Town, Wyoming 1869, Utah 1870, Kansas School Boards 1861, State-wide 1885, Colorado 1893 (elected three women to the state legislature)

All the other states by the introduction of universal suffrage in 1920. Much information on this page is supplied by Mart Martin

Also see USA Local Elective Office and United States of America Government

Go to: Governors, Lt. Governors, Parliaments Secretaries of State

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Governors

1925-27 Nellie Tayloe Ross, Wyoming (D)
She lived (1876-1977)

1925-27 (Ma) Miriam Amanda Wallace Ferguson, Texas (D)
1933-35 Governor
Her husband, James E. Fergusson, was governor of Texas 1914-17 but was impeached and removed from office. When he was barred from running again in 1924 she became candidate instead. She lived (1875-1961)

1967-68 Lurleen Burns Wallace, Alabama (D)
She lived (1926-68). Died in office.

1975-79 Ella Tambussi Grasso, Connecticut (D)
Former Secretary of the State, she lived (1919-81)

1977-81 Dixy Lee Ray, Washington State (D)
She lived (1914-94)

1982-83 Acting Vesta M. Roy, New Hampshire
She lived (1925-2002)

1983-87 Martha Layne Collins, Kentucky
Lt. Governor 1979-83. (b. 1936-)

1984-91 Madeleine May Kunin, Vermont (D)
She was Deputy Secretary of Education 1993-98 and was then appointed Ambassador to Switzerland. (b. 1933-)

1987-91 Kay Auonne Stark Orr, Nebraska (R)
State Treasurer 1981-86 (b. 1939-)

1988-91 Rose Perica Mofford, Arizona (D)
She was Secretary of State 1977-88 and succeeded to the post when her processor had to resign. She lived (1922-2016).

1991-95 Ann Willis Richards, Texas (D)
State Treasurer 1977-88. She lived (1933-2006).

1991-95 Barbara Hughey Roberts, Oregon (D)
Secretary of State 1985-91 (b. 1936-)

1991-95 Joan McInroy Finney, Kansas (D)
State Treasurer 1975-91 (b. 1925-)

1991-96 Mayor Susan Pratt Dixon, District of Columbia (D)

1994-2001 Christine Todd Whitman, New Jersey (R)
Administrator of the Environment Agency 2001-03. (b. 1946-)

1997-2002 Jane Dee Hull, Arizona (R)
Speaker of the House of Representatives 1989-93 and Secretary of State 1995-97. She succeeded to the post after her predecessor resigned and did not seek reelection. (b. 1935-)

1997-2002 Jeanne Bowers Shaheen, New Hampshire
US Senator from 2009. (b. 1947-)

2001-09 Governor Ruth Ann Minner, Delaware
Lt. Governor from 1993. Reelected in 2004. The only two other female candidates for Governor were defeated in 2004. In Washington
Attorney General Christine Gregoire lost by 42 votes. In Missouri State Auditor Claire McCaskill also lost.

2001-05 Governor Judy Martz, Montana
Lt. Governor from 1996. She did not seek reelection.

2001-03 Jane Swift, Massachusetts
Lt. Governor from 1998. She did not seek reelection.

2002-10 Governor Linda Lingle, Hawaii

2003-09 Governor Kathleen Sebelius, Kansas
Insurance Commissioner 1994-2002, Secretary of
Health and Human Services in the federal cabinet in 2009.
(b. 1948-)

2003-10 Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, Michigan
Attorney-General 1998-2002. Born in Canada (b. 1959-)

2003-09 Governor Janet Napolitano, Arizona
Attorney-General 1998-2002. 

2003-04 Governor
Olene S. Walker, Utha
Lt. Governor 1993-2003. She lost the Republican Primary and did therefore not seek reelection. She lived (1939-2015)

2004-08 Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Louisiana
Lt. Governor 1995-2003.

2004-10 M. Jodi Rell, Connecticut
Lt. Governor 1995-2003.

2005-13 Governor Chris O. Gregoire, Washington State
After a recount she was declared Governor-Elect by 129 votes over her Republican opponent and will be inagurated on 16 January. She was Attorney General 1993-2005.

2006-09 Governor
Sarah Palin, Alaska
Republican Vice-Presidential Candidate in 2008.

2009-13 Governor Beverly Perdue, North Carolina
Also President of the Senate in her term as Lt. Governor 2001-09.

2008-09 Designate Governor Diane Daniels Denish, New Mexico
Lieutenant Governor from 2002, she whould have succeeded the incumbent Governor, who was nominated for the federal Cabinet, but withdrew. She is former Chairperson of the New Mexico Democratic Party and held a number of other official positions. Also President of the Senate from 2002. Candidate for governor in 2010 but lost to Susana Martinez. (b. 1949-).

2009- Governor Jan Brewer, Arizona
As Secretary of State she took over when Janet Nepolitano became Secretary of Homeland Security. Reelected in 2010.

2011- Governor Susana Martinez, New Mexico
Former the District Attorney. First Latina governor in the USA she won against the Democratic Candidate, Diana ... (b. 1959-).

2011-17 Governor Nikki Haley, South Carolina
Nimrata Randhawa Haley is the first female governor of Indian decent. Appointed UN Ambassador in 2017. (b. 1972)

2011- Governor Mary Fallin, Oklahoma

Lt. Governor 1995-2007.

2013-17 Governor Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire
US Senator from 2017.

2015- Governor Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island

2015- Mayor Muriel Bowser, District of Columbia

2015- Governor Kate Brown, Oregon
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. (b. 1960-).

 

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Lieutenant Governors

1940 Mathilda R. Wilson, Michigan
Also President of the Senate

1955-57 Consuelo Northorp Bailey, Vermont
Also President of the Senate. She lived (1889-1976).

1962 Maude Frazier, Nevada
Also President of the Senate. She
lived (1881-1963)

1975-79 Mary Anne Krupsak, New York State
Unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1978.

1975-79 Thelma Stovall, Kentucky
Also President of the Senate. She lived
(1919-94)

1976-80 Evelyn Grandy, Mississippi
Also President of the Senate

1978-82 Madeleine M. Kunin, Vermont
Also President of the Senate. She was Governor 1984-91

1978-82 Jean S. King, Hawaii

1979-91 Martha W. Griffiths, Michigan
Also President of the Senate. She lived (
1912-2003)

1979-83 Martha Layne Collins, Kentucky
Also President of the Senate. She was Governor 1983-87

1979-87 Nancy Dick, Colorado
Also President of the Senate. (b. 1930-).

1979-83 Nancy Stevenson, South Carolina
Also President of the Senate

1983-91 Marlene S. Johnson, Minnesota
(b. 1946-).

1984-88 Harriet Woods, Missouri
Also President of the Senate

1985-89 and 1993-2000 Ruth Ann Minner, Delaware
Also President of the Senate. Governor from 2001.

1985-87 Ruth Meiers, North Dakota
Also President of the Senate. Died in office and lived (
1925-87).

1987-91 Evelyn F. Murphy, Massachusetts
1988 De-facto Acting Governor during the Presidential election-campaign of Michael Dukakis

1987-91 Jo Ann Zimmermann, Iowa
Also President of the Senate

1991-96 Eunice S. Groark, Connecticut
Also President of the Senate

1991-99 Connie Binsfeld, Michigan
Also President of the Senate. (b. 1924-).

1991-99 Joy Corning, Iowa
Also President of the Senate

1991-96 Joanell M. Dyrstad, Minnesota

1991-95 Sue Wagner, Nevada
Also President of the Senate. (b. 1946-).

1991-93 Maxime B. Moul, Nebraska
Also President of the Senate

1992-96 Melinda Schwegmann, Louisiana
Lost the Democratic Primary for the Governorship.

1993-2001 Rosemarie Myrdal, North Dakota

1993-2003 Olene S. Walker, Utha
Governor from 2003.

1993-98 Kim Robak, Nebraska
Also President of the Senate. (b. 1955-).

1993-96 Barbara Weil Snelling, Vermont
Also President of the Senate.She s
uffered a cerebral hemorrhage while campaigning for governor in 1996. State Senator 1998-2002, when she she resigned and was replaced by her daughter, Diane Snelling (b 1952). She was widow of former Vermont Governor, Richard Snelling (1927-91).

1994-2004 M. Jodi Rell, Connecticut
Also President of the Senate. Governor from 2004.

1994-2002 Maize Keiko Hirono, Hawaii
Unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 2002.

1995-2002 Fran Ulmer, Alaska
Also President of the Senate. Unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 2002. (b. 1945-).

1995-99 Gail Sinton Schoettler, Colorado
Also President of the Senate. She was State Treasurer 1982/87-95 and candidate for governor in 1998. (b. 1943-).

1995-2002 Madeleine Bordallo, Guam
Unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1990. (b. 1933-).

1995-96 Sheila Frahm, Kentucky
Also President of the State Senate. Appointed to the US Senate in 1996. (b. 1945-).

1995-2003 Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Maryland
Unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 2002. (b. 1951-).

1995-99 Joanne Benson, Minnesota
(b. 1943-).

1995-99 Elizabeth Peterkin McCaughey Ross, New York State

1995-99 Nancy Putnam Hollister, Ohio
1998-99 Acting Governor
(b. 1949-)

1995-2007 Mary C. Fallin, Oklahoma
Also President of the Senate. Became Governor in 2011. (b. 1954-)

1995-2011 Carole Hillard, South Dakota
Also President of the Senate

1995-2003 Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Louisiana
Governor from 2004.

1996-2000 Judy Martz, Montana
Elected Governor 2000.

1998-2001 Jane Swift, Massachusetts
Succeeded as governor after her predecessors resignation and was in office 2001-02.

1999-2003 Corinne Wood, Illinois

1999-2007 Sally Pederson, Iowa
Also President of the Senate. Did not run for reelection.

1999-2003 Mae Schunk, Minnesota
(b. 1943-).

1999-2006 Mary Donohue, New York State
Judge

1999-2007 Lorraine T. Hunt, Nevada
Also President of the Senate. She was a candidate for the Republican nomination for the 2006 Nevada gubernatorial election. (b. 1939-).

1999-2003 Maureen O'Connor, Ohio
(b. 1951-).

2000-08 Amy Tuck, Mississippi
She was Secretary of the Senate 1996-99 and she is now the presiding officer of the senate.

2001-09 Beverly Perdue, North Carolina
2009-13 Governor
Also President of the Senate in her term as Lt. Governor.

2001-03 Margaret Farrow, Wisconsin

2003-07 Jane Norton, Colorado

2003-07 Kerry Murphy Healey, Massachusetts
Republican Candate for Governor in 2006.

2003-11 Carol Molnau, Minnesota
Also President of the Senate

2003-05 Jennette Bradley, Ohio
First Afro-American Lt. Governor in the whole of USA. Also Director of Commerce 2003-05 and State Treasurer 2005-07.

2003-07 Lucy Baxley, Alabama
Also President of the Senate. Unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 2006.

2003-11 Diane Denish, New Mexico
Also President of the Senate. Candidate for Governor in 2010 but lost to Susanna Martinez.

2003-08 Catherine Baker Knoll, Pennsylvania
The 73rd Treasurer of Pennsylvania 1989-97. As Lt. Governor she was also President of the Senate. She lived (1930-2008).

2003-07 Toni Jennings, Florida
President of the Senate 1997-2001.

2003-11 Barbara Lawton, Wisconsin

2003-05 Katherine L. Davis, Indiana
She serves as president of the Senate, the director of the Indiana Department of Commerce, the commissioner of Agriculture, and the chair of Indiana's Counter Terrorism and Security Council.

2005-13 Becky Skillman, Indiana
Also president of the Senate

2007-11 Jari Askins, Oklahoma
Candidate for Governor in 2010. Lost to Mary Fallin.

2007-11 Patty Judge, Iowa
Elected Secretary of Agriculture of the State 1998-2007.

2007-11 Barbara O'Brien, Colorado

2007-15 Elisabeth H. Roberts, Rhode Island

2009-10 (Acting) Mona Pasquil, California

2010- Kim Guadagno, New Jersey
Concurrently the Secretary of State

2011- Kay Ellen Ivey, Alabama
Former State Treasurer.

2011- Nancy Wyman, Conneticut

2011-13 Jennifer Carroll, Florida
Born in Trinidad and Tobago she is an officer of the US Navy, Director of Veteran Affairs of Florida 2000-02 and Member of the Florida House of Representatives 2003-11


2011-15 Sheila Simon, Illinois

2011- Kim Reynolds, Iowa

2011-15 Yvonne Prettner Solon, Minnesota

2011- Mary Taylor, Ohio

2011- Rebecca Kleefisch, Wyoming

2011- Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, Wisconsin

2013-16 Sue Ellspermann, Indiana

2015- Evelyn Sanguinetti, Illinois

2015- Jenean Hampton, Kentucky

2015- Karyn Polito, Massachusetts

2015- Tina Smith, Minnesota

2015- Kathy Hochul, New York

2016- Donna Lynne, Colerado

2017- Suzanne Crouch, Indiana

2017- Bethany Hall-Long, Delaware


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Secretaries of State

List a courtesy of Sebastian M. Kotlarz

1923-26 Soledad C. Chacón (D), New Mexico
1924 June-July Acting Governor

1925-27 Fannie Harrington (R), Delaware

1926-29 (or 1925-27) Emma Guy Cromwell (D), Kentucky
She has been elected State Librarian in 1896 and since held a number of other offices. As Secretary of State she became the first woman to act as Governor in the State.
State Treasurer 1927, Kentucky State Park Director 1932, State Librarian and Director of Archives 1937. (d. 1952).

1927-1928 Jennie Fortune (D), New Mexico

1927-1931 Gladys Pyle (R), South Dakota

1929-1930 E.A. Perrault (D), New Mexico

1930-33 Ella Lewis (D), Kentucky

1930 Alice Lee Grosjean (D), Louisiana
Appointed to fill a vacancy.

1931-1933 Elizabeth Coyne (R), South Dakota

1931-34 Marguerite P. Baca (D), New Mexico

1933-1937 Myrtle Morrison (D), South Dakota

1933-1937 (†) Ola Babcock Miller (D), Iowa

1934-37 Sara W. Mahon (D), Kentucky

1935-38 Elizabeth F. Gonzales (D), New Mexico

1937-39 Goldie Wells (D), South Dakota

1939-1943 Olive A. Ringsrud (R), South Dakota

1939-42 Jessie M. Gonzales (D), New Mexico

1939-1948 (†) Belle C. Reeves (D), Washington

1939-40 Sara B. Crawford (R), Connecticut
Her title was Secretary of the State

1941-42 Chase Going Woodhouse (D), Connecticut
Her title was Secretary of the State

1943-1944; 1947-1948 Francis Burke Redick (R), Connecticut
Her title was Secretary of the State

1943-46 Cecelia T. Cleveland (D), New Mexico

1943-1947 L.M. Larsen (R), South Dakota

1944-50 Sibyl Murphree Pool (D), Alabama
State Treasurer in 1951-1954 and Public Service Comissioner in 1955-1970.  

1944-53 Thelma Y. Gordon, Virginia
Her title was Secretary of the Commonwealth

1947-1950 Alicia Romero (D), New Mexico

1947-51 Annamae Riff (R), South Dakota

1947-49 Helen E. Burbank (R), Vermont
Burbank was appointed to fill a vacancy.

1949-50 Winifred McDonald (D), Connecticut
Her title was Secretary of the State

1949-51 Vivian V. Simpson, Maryland
A lawyer, she lived (1903-84)

1951-1957 Geraldine Ostroot (R), South Dakota

1951-1954 Beatrice B. Roach (D), New Mexico

1951-53 Alice K. Leopold (R), Connecticut
Her title was Secretary of the State. Leopold resigned in November 1953.

1951-1954; 1963-1966 and 1975-1978 Agnes Beahn Baggett (D), Alabama  
She was State Auditor 1955-59 and Treasurer 1959-63
and 1867-75. The first female black state official. (d. 1992)

1952-55 Virginia Holm (R), Minnesota
Mrs. Mike Holm was initially appointed by the governor in 1952 to fill a vacancy caused by the death of her husband; she subsequently won a special election to complete the term and was later re-elected.  

1953-73 Martha Bell Conway, Virginia
Her title was Secretary of the Commonwealth

1955-1958 Natalie S. Buck (D), New Mexico

1955-1958 Mary Texas Hurt Garner (D), Alabama  
She was Assistant Secretary of State in 1955, State Auditor 1960-64 and Treasurer 1964-67.

1955-1958 Mildred P. Allen (R), Connecticut
Her title was Secretary of the State

1955-1956 Glenn M. Wise (R), Wisconsin
Wise was appointed to fill a vacancy.
 

1955-1967 Genevieve Blatt (D), Pennsylvania
Her title was Secretary of
Internal Affairs

1956-1959; 1964-1967 and 1972-1975 Thelma L. Stovall (D), Kentucky

1957-59 Clara Halls (R), South Dakota

1957-1959 Helen Holt (R), West Virginia
Holt was appointed to fill a vacancy.
 

1959-1961 Selma Sandness (D), South Dakota

1959-1962; 1971-1974 Betty Firoina (D), New Mexico

1959-70 Ella T. Grasso (D), Connecticut
Her title was Secretary of the State
Governor 1975-1980. Grasso was the first woman governor to be elected in her own right.

1959-62 Bettye Frink (D), Alabama

1961-1965 Essie Wiedenman (R), South Dakota

1961-62 Nancy Johnson Hall (D), Arkansas
The Assistant Secretary of State 1937-61, she was appointed to fill a vacancy caused by the death of her husband. State Treasurer 1963-67.

1963-66 Alberta Miller (D), New Mexico

1963-1986 Thyra Thomson (R), Wyoming

1965-1973 Alma Larson (R), South Dakota

1966-1978 Elwill M. Shanahan (R), Kansas
She was appointed to fill a vacancy caused by the death of her husband and was subsequently elected.

1967-1970; 1975-1978 Ernestine D. Evans (D), New Mexico

1967-74 Mabel Amos (D), Alabama  
Recording Secretary to the Governor 1939-66.

1971-78 Gloria Shaffer (D),  Connecticut
Her title was Secretary of the State

1972-82 Mary Estill Buchanan (R), Colorado
Buchanan was initially appointed to fill a vacancy caused by death; she was subsequently elected.

1973-1979 Lorna B. Herseth (D), South Dakota  

1973-77 Cynthia Stair Newman, Virginia
Her title was Secretary of the Commonwealth

1975-1999 Joan Anderson Growe (DFL), Minnesota
DFL indicates Democratic Farmer Labor, which is the name of the Democratic party in Minnesota.

1975-1993 March Fong Eu (D), California
Eu was the first Asian American woman in the country elected statewide to an executive post. 1995-96 Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia

1977-87 Rose Mofford (D), Arizona
Mofford was initially appointed and was subsequently elected. She became governor in April 1988 by constitutional succession following the impeachment and conviction of the governor.

1977-84 Norma Paulus (R), Oregon

1979-82 Vel R. Phillips (D), Wisconsin
Phillips was the first African-American woman in the country elected statewide to an executive post.

1979-1982 Barbara Bailey Kennelly (D), Connecticut 
Her title was Secretary of the State
Kennelly was first elected in a special election to fill a vacancy. She resigned in January 1982 to assume her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

1979-1982 Shirley Hooper (D), New Mexico

1979-1987 Alice Kundert (R), South Dakota

1980-1983 Frances Jones Mills (D), Kentucky

1980-1986 Mary Jane Odell (R), Iowa
She was initially appointed to fill a vacancy; she was subsequently elected to a full term.  

1981-85 Laurie Naismith, Virginia
Her title was Secretary of the Commonwealth

1982-83 Maura Melley (D), Connecticut
Her title was Secretary of the State and was was appointed to fill a vacancy.

1982-83 Patricia G. Holtz, Maryland

1983-86 Clara P. Jones (D),  New Mexico

1983-91 Julia H. Tashjian (D), Connecticut
Her title was Secretary of the State

1983-95 Natalie Meyer (R), Colorado

1983-86 Susan L. Farmer (R), Rhode Island

1985-90 Barbara Roberts (D), Oregon  

1985-89 Sandy Bixon Bowen, Virginia
Her title was Secretary of the Commonwealth

1987-1995 Kathleen Karpan (D), Wyoming

1987-1995 Elaine Provence (D), Iowa

1987-1992 Kathleen S. Connell (D), Rhode Island

1987-1991 Frankie Sue Del Papa (D), Nevada

1987-90 and 1999-2007 Rebecca Vigil-Giron (D), New Mexico

1987-2003 Joyce Hazeltine (R), South Dakota

1991-1999 Stephanie Gonzales (D), New Mexico  

1990-93 Ruby Grant Martin, Virginia
Her title was Secretary of the Commonwealth, and she was the first black person in the office in Virginia.

1991-95 Pauline Kezer (R), Connecticut
Her title was Secretary of the State

1993-94 Judith K. Moriarty (D), Missouri
She was impeached in December 1994. 

1993-1995 Barbara Leonard (R), Rhode Island  

1993-98 Elizabeth Davis Beamer, Virginia
Her title was Secretary of the Commonwealth

1994-2001 Rebecca M. Cook (D), Missouri
Cook was appointed in December 1994 to fill a vacancy caused by the impeachment of Judith Moriarty.

1994-2003 Sue Anne Gilroy (R), Indiana

1995-99 Diana J. Ohman (R), Wyoming
Superintendent of Public Industry 1991-1995.

1995-99 (†) Vikki Buckley (R), Colorado
Buckley, who is African-American, is the first Republican woman of color elected statewide to an executive office.

1995-2003 Candice S. Miller (R), Michigan

1995-97 Jane Dee Hull (R), Arizona
Speaker of the House of Representatives 1989-93 and 1997-2002 governor. She succeeded to the post after her predecessor resigned and did not seek reelection.

1995-99 Sandra B. Mortham (R), Florida

1995-2003 Sharon Devlin Priest (D), Arkansas

1997-2003 Betsey Bayless, Arizona
Bayless was appointed to fill vacancy left by succession of Hull to governor.

1997- Elaine Marshall (D), North Carolina
Still in office 2016

1998-2002 Anne Petera, Virginia

1999-2011 Deborah Markowitz (D), Vermont

1999-2005 Donetta Davidson (R), Colorado
Appointed to fill a vacancy caused by the death of Vikki Buckley and resigned to becme Member of the Federal Election Assistance Commission.

1999-2007 Mary Kiffmeyer (R), Minnesota

1999-211 Susan Bysiewicz (D), Connecticut
Her title is Secretary of the State

1999-2006 Cathy Cox (D), Georgia
Democratic Primary Candidate for the post of Candidate for Governor, the winner of the primary lost to the Republican incumbent.

1999-2002 Katherine Harris (R), Florida
Since 2003 member of U.S. House of Representatives

1999-2003 Beverly D. Rivers, Washington DC
Secretary of the District of Columbia

2001-09 Harriet Smith Windsor, Delaware

2002-06 Anita Rimler, Virginia

2003-07 Nancy Worley (D), Alabama
Defeated by
Beth Chapman

2003-09 Jan Brewer (R), Arizona
2009-  Governor
Her full name is Janice K. Brewer, and she was reelected in 2006. Member of the State House of Representatives 1982-86, State Senator 1986-96 and Majority Whip 1993-96,  Member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors 1996-2003 and becaome governor in Succession to Janet Nepolitano who was named Secretary of Homeland Security. (b. 1944-).

2003-11 Terri Lynn Land (R), Michigan

2003-05 Glenda E. Hood, Florida

2003-11 M. Susan Savage, Oklahoma

2003-06 Sherryl A. Hobbs Newman, Washington DC
Secretary of the District of Columbia

2005-07 Mary D. Kane, Maryland
Deputy Secretary of State and Chief Legal Counsel 2003-05

2005-07 Gigi Dennis, Colorado
Appointed to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of Donetta Davidson. She did not run for reelection in November 2006.

2005-10 Nina Mitchell Wells, New Jersey

2005-07 Sue Copp, Florida

2005 Cathy Mitchell, California

As the Chief Deputy Secretary of State - known as the Undersecretary of State - she was automatically elevated to the position when her predecessor resigned the post, and served for one month until the Governor's nomination of a successor.

2006-10 Katherine K. Hanley, Virginia
Her title is Secretary of the Commonwealth

2006 Acting Secretary Dr. Patricia Elwood, Washington DC
Took over after the resignation of Sherryl Hobbs Newman as Secretary of the District of Columbia.

2007-10 Secretary of State Mary Herrera, New Mexico
Defeated Republican Vickie Perea

2007-13 Beth Chapman (R) Alabama

2007-15 Debra Bowen, California

2007-11 Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez, New York

2007-09 Betty Ireland, West Virginia

2007-10 Stephanie Scott, Washington DC
Secretary of the District

2007-10 Karen Handel, Georgia

2007-11 Jennifer Brunner, Ohio

2008-15 Esperanza Andrade, Texas
Also known as Hope Andrade.

2009- Natalie Tennant, West Virginia

2009- Linda McCulloch, Montana

2009-15 Kate Brown, Oregon
Succeeded to the post of Governor in 2015.

2010-11 Janet Vestal Kelly, Virginia

2010-11 Ruth Noemí Colón, New York State

2010-11 (Interim) Dawn K. Roberts, Florida

2011 (Acting) Jennifer Kennedy, Florida

2011- Ruth Johnson, Michigan

2011- Denise Merrill, Conneticut

2011-15 Dianna Duran, New Mexico

2011-15 Carol Aichele, Pennsylvania

2012- Connie Lawson, Indiana

2012- Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentudky

2013- Kim Wyman, Washington State

2013 Michelle Day, Oklahoma

2014-15 Nandita Venkateswaran Berry, Texas

2015- Lauren C. Vaughan, Washington DC

2015- Jeanne Atkins, Oregon

2015- Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island

2015- Shantel Krebs, South Dakota

2015 (Acting) Mary Quintana, New Mexico
Her successor, the 25th Secretary of State was the first male holder of the office since 1923.

2016- Kelly Thomasson Mercer, Virginia

2016- Rossana Rosado, New York State

 

 


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Presidents of Legislatures
A number of Lt. Governors also acts as Presidents of the Senate, in some states the Senate has its own Chairperson

1923 Acting Speaker of House of Representatives Sarah Lucille Turner, Missouri

1933 Speaker of the House of Representatives Minnie Davenport Craig, North Dakota
Legislator 1923-33 and later worked as Clerk for the House. She lived (
1883-1966).

1937-39 President of the Legislature Ivy Maude Baker Priest, Utha

1965 Speaker of the House of Representatives Marion West Higgins, New Jersey

1953-55 Speaker of the House of Representatives Consuelo Northrop Bailey, Vermont
Lieutenant Governor 1953-57

1966 Speaker of the House of Representatives Edness Kimball Wilkins

1969 Speaker of the House of Representatives Verda I. Jones, ??

1972 President Pro Tempore of the Senate Barbara Charline Jones, Texas
Senator 1967-72 and in 1972 she also served as "Governor for a Day," earning the distinction of being the first black woman to act as chief executive of any state in the nation. 1972-77 Member of the US House of Representatives. She lived (1936-96).

1982-85 President of the Senate Carmen Orechio, New Jersey
President Pro Tempore from 1986

1982-85 Speaker of the House of Representatives Patricia Kelly, North Dakota

1985-91 President of the House of Representatives Vera Katz, Oregon

1987-88 Speaker of the House of Representatives Debra R. Anderson, South Dakota

1987-88 President of the Senate Jan Faiks, Alaska

1987-91 President Pro Temore of the Senate Nonny M. Argon, New Mexico
The Lt. Governor is President of the Senate but the President PT is in charge of the daily business.

1987-91 President Pro Temore of the Senate Mary A. McClure, South Dakota
The Lt. Governor is President of the Senate.

1987-91 President Pro Temore of the Senate Ellen Craswell, Washington State.
She was candidate for Governor (R) in 1996.

1989-92 Speaker of the House of Representatives Jane Dee Hull, Arizona
Later Governor

1990-92 President of the Senate Gwen Margolis, Florida

1991-93 President Pro Temore of the Senate Mary Sunn Yin, Oregon
The Lt. Governor is President of the Senate but the President PT is in charge of the daily business.

1991-93 Speaker Pro Temore of the House of Representatives Wilhelmina Delco, Texas

1992-93 Speaker of the House of Representatives Dee Long, Minnesota

1993-95 Speaker of the House of Representatives Ramona L. Barnes, Alaska
She was Speaker Pro Temore 1983-84, and Leader of the Majority (R).

1993 President PT of the Senate Corliss Dodge Mushik, North Dakota
The Lt. Governor is President of the Senate but the President PT is in charge of the daily business.

1995 Speaker of the Assembly Doris Allen, California
Member of the Assembly 1982-95, she lived (1936-99).

1995-2001 Speaker of the House of Representatives Jo Ann Davidson, Ohio
From 2005 Vice Chairman of the Republican National Committee. (b. 1928-).

1995-97 Speaker of the House of Representatives Bev(erly) Clarno, Oregon

1995-99 Speaker of the House of Representatives Gail Philops, Alaska

1996-97 and 1999-2001 President of the Senate Drue Pearce, Alaska

1997-2001 President of the Senate Toni Jennings, Florida
Lt. Governor of the State 2003-07.

1997-99 Speaker of the House of Representatives Elizabeth H. Mitchell, Maine

1997-2001 President of the Senate Brenda Burns, Arizona

1997-2003 President of the Senate Mary Kramer, Iowa
In 2003 she became Ambassador to Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

1997-2001 Speaker of the House of Representatives  Donna Sytek, New Hampshire

1997-2007 Chairman of the Council Linda W. Cropp, Washington D.C.

Circa 1997-ca. 2000 President PT of the Senate Judit Zaffirini, Texas
The Lt. Governor is President of the Senate.

1997-98 Speaker pro Tempore of the Assembly Sheila James Kuehl, California
First openly Lesbian member of the Legislative Assembly 1994-2000. State Senator from 2000.

1999-2007 President of the Senate Lorraine T. Hunt, Nevada
She was also Lt. Governor

1999-2001 Speaker of the Senate Beverly A. Hollingworth, New Hampshire
She was President pro tempore when she became acting speaker. The only state where both the Governor and speaker of both houses were female.

1999-2001 Speaker of the House of Representatives Lynn Snodgrass, Oregon

1999-2005 Speaker of the House of Representatives Moira K. Lyons, Connecticut
She was Deputy Speaker 1993-94 and Majority Leader 1995-98.

2000-04 President of the Senate Mary Kramer, Iowa
Ambassador, Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Grenada, and St. Kitts and Nevis) from 2004.

Until 2000 (†) Speaker Pro Tempore of the Assembly Jan Evans, Nevada
The Lt. Governor of,  Lorraine T. Hunt, has been President of the Senate since 1998.

2001-09 Presiding Officer of the New York City Council, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, New York City
Publicly elected office, that serves as Ombudsmand and although not a member of the Council, the Public Advocate presides at the Council's Stated Meetings and votes in the case of a tie.
There is also a Speaker of the Council, who is primarily responsible for obtaining a consensus on major issues, since 2006 this post has been held by Christine Quinn. Gotbaum was New York City Parks Commissioner 1990-94 and held other publics offices since the 1970's.

2001- President Pro Tempore of the Senate Rosa Franklin, Washington State

2002- President of the Senate Beverly C. Daggettt, Maine

2002-03 (†) Speaker of the House of Representatives Janet Wentz, North Dakota
The third female speaker in the state, she was house member from 1975, and died of cancer and lived (1937-2003).

2002- Speaker of the House of Representatives Karen Minnis, Oregon

2002- President Pro Temore of the Senate Patricia Birkholz, Michigan
The Lt. Governor is the President of the Senate and therefore the President PT is in charge of the daily business. She is former President PT of the House of Representatives. 

2003- Speaker  of the Senate April Brimmer Kunz, Wyoming
The Lt. Governor is President of the Senat

2003-08 Speaker of the House of Representatives Lola Spradley, Colorado

2003- Speaker of the House of Representatives Catherine Hanaway, Missouri
She was defeated by Robin Carnahan in her bit to become Secretary of State.

2003- President Pro Tempore of the Senate Shirley Winsley, Washington State
The Lt. Governor is President of the Senate

2003-04 President Pro Tempore of the Senate Jane Gray Nels, Texas

2004- President PT of the Senate Jo Ann Greaves, Tennessee
The Lt. Governor also acts as President of the Senate

2004- President PT of the Senate Shirley K. Turner, New Jersey
The President of the Senate was Acting Governor November 2004-January 2006 but retained his position as Senate Leader.

2004-08 President of the Senate Joan Fitz-Gerald, Colorado

2004- President of the Senate Beth Edmonds, Maine
She is first in the succession for Governor.

2005-09 Speaker of the House of Representatives Gaye Symington, Vermont
Unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 2008, anther female Democrat, Jill Long Thomson, lost in Indiana.

2006- President of the Senate Lyda Green, Alaska

2005 President Pro Tempore of the Senate Florence Shapiro, Texas

2006-10 President of the Senate Sylvia Larsen, New Hampshire
Second in line to the position of Governor since the state does not have a Lt. Governor. From 2008 there were 13 female and 11 male senators.

2006-15 Speaker of the New York City Council Christine C. Quinn, New York City
The Council Speaker, is elected by the Council members and is primarily responsible for obtaining a consensus on major issues. The Presiding officer of the Council is the Public Advocate, a post held by Betsy Gotbaum 2001-09. Quinn has been Councillor since 1999 and is the first woman and openly gay person in the post. (b. 1966-).

2007-11 Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Minnesota

2007-11 Speaker of the Assembly Barbara Buckley, Nevada

2007-10 President of the Senate Colleen Hanabusa, Hawaii

2007-
14 Speaker of the House of Representatives Terie Norelli, New Hampshire
The Deputy Speaker
was Linda Foster. 

2008-15 President of the Senate Therese Murray, Massachusetts

2008-09 Speaker of the Assembly Karen Bass, California
The first African-American woman to be speaker of the Assembly.

2009- President of the Senate M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Rhode Island

2011- President of the Senate Kay Ivey, Alabama
Also
Lt Governor of the state.

2011- Speaker of the Legislature Beth Harwell, Tennesse

2011- President Pro Tem of the Senate Tonya Schuitmaker, Michigan

2011-13 President of the Senate Michelle Fischbach, Minnesota

2012-13 President Pro Tempore of the Senate Leticia Van de Putte, Texas

2013- President of the Senate Sandra Pappas, Minnesota

2013- President of the Senate Susan Wagle, Kansas

2013-15 President of the Senate Donna Mercado Kim, Hawaii

2013- President Pro Tem of the Senate Patricia Blevins, Delaware

2013- President Pro Tem of the Senate Mary Kay Papen, New Mexico

2013- Speaker of the Legislature Tina Kotek, Oregon

2015-President of the Senate Debby Barrett, Montana

2015- President of the Senate Mary Lazich, Wisconsin

2015- Speaker of the City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City

2016- S
peaker of the Legislature Linda Upmeyer, Iowa


 

 

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