USA Local Elective Office

Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership
USA Local Elective Office until 2008

Also see USA Local Leaders and United States of America Ministers

Superintendent of Public Instruction

1893-1894 Laura J. Eisenhuth (D-I), North Dakota
Eisenhuth was the first woman in the nation to be elected statewide.

1895-96 Emma B. Bates (R), North Dakota

1895-98 Estelle Reel (R), Wyoming

1899-1905 Helen Grenfell, Colorado

1899-1903 Permeal French (D), Idaho

1903-07 Mae L. Scott (R), Idaho

1905-09; 1921-23 and 1927-31 Katherine L. Craig (R), Colorado

1907-11 S. Belle Chamberlain (R), Idaho

1909-11 Katherine M. Cook, Colorado

1911-13 Helen M. Wixson, Colorado

1911-1915 Grace M. Shepherd (R), Idaho

1911-1914 Rose A. Bird Maley (D), Wyoming

1913-1921; 1923-1927 Mary C. C. Bradford, Colorado

1913-1928 Josephine C. Preston (NP), Washington

1915-1918 Edith K.O. Clark (R), Wyoming

1915-1917 Bernice McCoy (R), Idaho 

1917-1923 Ethel E. Redfield (R), Idaho 

1917-1932 May Trumper (R), Montana 

1919-1922 Elizabeth Wooster (R), Kansas 

1919-1926 Minnie J. Nielson (R), North Dakota 

1919-1934 Katharine A. Morton (R), Wyoming

1921-1923 Elsie Toles (R), Arizona

1923-1927 Elizabeth Russum (R), Idaho

1923-1926 May E. Francis (R), Iowa

1923-1926 Isabel Eckles (D), New Mexico

1927-1932 Bertha R. Palmer (R), North Dakota

1927-1929 Mabelle M. Lyman (R), Idaho

1927-1938 Agnes Samuelson, Iowa

1929-1933 Myrtle R. Davis (R), Idaho

1931-1947 Inez Johnson Lewis (D), Colorado

1931-1934; 1943-1946 Georgia L. Lusk (D), New Mexico

1933-1948 Elizabeth Ireland (R), Montana

1937-1951 Mildred Bray (D), Nevada
Bray was initially appointed to fill a vacancy and was subsequently elected.

1939-1946 Esther L. Anderson (R), Wyoming

1939-1954 Jessie M. Parker, Iowa

1939-1942 Grace J. Corrigan (D), New Mexico

1941-1956 Pearl A. Wanamaker (NP), Washington

1947-1954 Edna B. Stolt (R), Wyoming

1947-1950 Nettie S. Freed (R), Colorado

1949-1956 Mary M. Condon (D), Montana

1955-1962 Velma Linford (D), Wyoming

1957-1968 Harriet Miller (D), Montana
Miller was a Republican; she switched parties in 1964.

1965-1969 Sarah Folsom (R), Arizona
Folsom died while serving in office in 1969.

1969-1976 Dolores Colburg (D), Montana

1973-1981 Barbara S. Thompson (NP), Wisconsin

1975-1986 Carolyn Warner (D),  Arizona

1977-1980 Georgia Ruth Rice (D), Montana

1979-1991 Lynn Simons (D), Wyoming

1984-1987 Alice McDonald (D), Kentucky

1987-1995 C. Diane Bishop (D), Arizona

1989-1997 Judith Billings (NP), Washington

1990-1999 Norma Paulus (NP), Oregon

1991-? Sandy Garrett (D), Oklahoma

1991-1995 Diana J. Ohman (R), Wyoming
Secretary of State in 1995-99.

1993-? Suellen K. Reed (R), Indiana

1995-2001 Lisa Graham Keegan(R), Arizona

1995-2003 Delaine Eastin (NP non partisan?), California

1995-2003 Judy Catchpole (R), Wyoming

1995-1999 Anne C. Fox (R), Idaho

1997-?Theresa Bergeson (NP), Washington

1999-2006 Marilyn Howard (D), Idaho

2001-? Linda McCulloch (D), Montana

2001-05 Elizabeth Burmaster (NP), Wisconsin

2002-? Kathy Cox (R), Georgia

2003-? Susan Castillo (NP),  Oregon  

2004-? June St. Clair Atkinson (D), North Carolina

State Treasurer

1926-1932 Grace B. Urbahns (R), Indiana
Urbahns was initially appointed to fill a vacancy caused by the death of her husband; she was subsequently elected.

1929-1932 Berta E. Baker (R), North Dakota
State Auditor in 1933-1956.

1930-1933 Emma Guy Cromwell (D), Kentucky

1933-1945 Myrtle P. Enking (D), Idaho

1945-1947 Hazel Dean (R), South Dakota
was appointed to fill a vacancy caused by death.

1945-1947; 1955-1959 Ruth G. Moon (D), Idaho
Moon died while serving in office in 1959. Marjorie Ruth Moon is her daughter.

1947-1952 Lela D. Painter (R), Idaho
Painter died while in office in 1952.

1949-1952 Alta E. Fisher (R), Montana

1951-1954 Sibyl Pool (D), Alabama

1944-50 Secretary of State.

1951-1954;1967-1970 Minnie A. Mitchell (R), Wyoming
State Auditor in 1955-1966.

1952-1955 Margaret Gilbert (R), Idaho
Gilbert was initially appointed to fill a vacancy caused by death; she was subsequently elected.

1952-1955 Pearl Frances Runyon (D), Kentucky

1954-1956; 1961-1964 Edna J. Hinman (R), Montana

1957-1959 Vera G. Davis (R), Delaware

1957-1958; 1961-1968 Dena A. Smith (R), Wisconsin
Smith was initially appointed to fill a vacancy caused by the death of her husband. She was subsequently elected in 1960. Smith died while serving in office.

1958-1959 Bertha I. Hill (R), Nebraska
Hill was appointed to fill a vacancy caused by the death of her husband.

1959-1966 Annabelle Smith Everett (D), Delaware

1959-1962 and 1967-1974 Agnes Baggett (D), Alabama
State Auditor 1955-1958

1960-1963; 1968-1971 Thelma L. Stovall (D), Kentucky

1960-1964; 1968-1972 Evelyn E. Gandy (D), Mississippi
Commissioner of Insurance in 1972-1976 and Lt. Governor in Lt. Governor.

1961-1964; 1969-1976 Grace McCalmont (D), Pennsylvania
Auditor General in 1965-1968.

1963-1986 Marjorie Ruth Moon (D), Idaho

1963-1967 Mary Texas Hurt Garner (D), Alabama
Secretary of State 1955-1958 and State Auditor in 1959-1962.

1963-1980 Nancy Johnson Hall (D), Arkansas
Secretary of State in 1961-62.

1967-1974 Ivy Baker Priest (R), California

1967-1970 Virginia Blue (R), Colorado

1968-1987 Mary Evelyn Parker (D), Louisiana
Parker retired in January 1987.

1968-1969 Madelyn Davidson (D), Vermont
Davidson was appointed to fill a vacancy.

1969-1972 Bernice Asbridge (R), North Dakota

1970-1971 Julia Swearingen (R), Colorado
Appointed to succeed state treasurer Virginia Blue who died in office.

1971-1972 Emily Womach (D), Delaware

1971-1982 Gertrude W. Donahey (D), Ohio

1973-1976 Mary D. Jornlin (R), Delaware

1973-1976 Hollis G. Connors (R), Montana

1975-1978 Melba Till Allen (D), Alabama

1975-1977 Stella B. Hackel (D), Vermont

1975-1990 Joan Finney (D), Kanasas
Governor in 1991-1995. Finney was the first woman to defeat an incumbent governor.

1976-1979; 1984-1987 and 1992-1996 Frances Jones Mills (D), Kentucky

1979-1986 Annie Laurie Gunter (D), Alabama

1979-1982 Shirley Wittler (R), Wyoming

1981-2003 Jimmie Lou Fisher (D), Arkansas

1981-1986 Kay A. Orr (R), Nebraska
Governor 1987-1991. Orr was the first Republican woman to be elected governor in any state and the first woman to run against another woman for a gubernatorial post.

1983-1999 Janet C. Rzewnicki (R), Delaware

1983-1994 Mary Ellen Withrow (D), Ohio
Withrow was appointed U.S. Treasurer in March 1994.

1983-1987 Patty D. Cafferata (R), Nevada

1983-1990 Ann Richards (D), Texas
Governor 1991-1995.
She lived (1933-2006).

1987-1995 Gail S. Schoettler (D), Colorado

1987-1989 Elizabeth Whitney (D), California
Appointed to fill a vacancy.

1987-1995 Mary L. Landrieu (D), Louisiana
Landrieu simultaneously won a special election to complete an unexpired term and a regular election.. Since
1997 U.S. Senator.

1987-1999 Lydia Justice Edwards (R), Idaho

1987-1995 Marjorie O'Laughlin (R), Indiana

1989-1997 Catherine Baker Knoll (D), Pennsylvania
2003 Lieutenant Governor.

1991-1995 Kathleen Brown (D), California

1991-1995 Cathy S. Zeuske (R), Wisconsin

1991-1999 Sally Thompson (D), Kanasas

1991-1993 Kay Bailey Hutchison (R), Texas
U.S. Senator
since 1993. Hutchison initially won a special election to fill an unexpired term; she was subsequently re-elected.

1991-1995 Dawn E. Rockey (D), Nebraska

1991-1995 Claudette Henry (R), Oklahoma

1993-2004 Kathi Gilmore (D), North Dakota

1993-1996 Martha Whitehead (D), Texas
Whitehead was initially appointed to fill a vacancy.

1993-1999 Nancy J. Mayer (R), Rhode Island

1995-2003 Lucy Baxley (D), Alabama

1995-2007 Judy Baar Topinka (R), Illinois
Candidate for Governor in 2006.

1995-1999 Joyce Brinkman (R), Indiana  

1996-? Susan F. Dearey, Virginia
An appointive office in the state.

1997-? Barbara H. Hafer (R), Pennsylvania
Auditor General in 1989-1997.

1999-? Denise Nappier (D), Connecticut

1999-2003 Shannon O'Brien (D), Massachusettes

1999-2003 Carol Johnson (DFL), Minnesota
DFL indicates Democratic Farmer Labor, which is the name of the Democratic party in Minnesota.

1999-2007 Cynthia Lummis (R), Wyoming

2001-2003 Carol Springer (R), Arizona
State Auditor in 1999-2001.

2001-05 Nancy Farmer (D), Missouri

2001-04 Lorelee Byrd (R), Nebraska

2003-? Kay Ivey (R), Alabama

2003-? Lynn Jenkins (R), Kanasas

2004-08 Sarah Steelman (R), Missouri
Ran in the Republican Governor Primary in 2008

2004-? Kelly Schmidt, (R) North Dakota

2005-07 State Treasurer Jennette Bradley, Ohio
She is Lt. Governor and Director of Commerce 2003-05.

2007-? Martha Shoffner (D), Arkansas

2007-? Cary Kennedy (D), Colorado

2007-? Alex Sink (D), Florida

2007-? Kate Marshall (D), Navada

2007-08 Robin Wiessmann (D), Pennsylvania

2007-? Dawn Marie Sass (D), Wisconsin

State Auditor

1930-50 Ana Frohmiller, Arizona
Candidate for Governor in 1950. Lived (18911971)

1933-1956 Berta E. Baker (R), North Dakota
State Treasurer in 1929-1932.

1955-1958 Agnes Baggett (D), Alabama
State Treasurer in 1959-1962 and 1967-1974.

1955-1966 Minnie A. Mitchell (R), Wyoming
State Treasurer in 1951-1954 and 1967-1970

1956-1959; 1970-1975 Mary Louise Foust (D), Kentucky

1957-1959 Fay Albee (R),  South Dakota

1959-1962 Mary Texas Hurt Garner (D), Alabama
State Treasurer in 1963-1967 and Secretary of State 1955-1958.

1959-1961 Harriet Horning (D),  South Dakota

1961-1963 Betty Lou Casey (R),  South Dakota

1961-1964 Dorothy Gardner (R), Indiana

1963-1966; 1975-1982 Bettye Frink (D), Alabama

1967-1974 Melba Till Allen (D), Alabama
State Treasurer in 1975-1978.

1968-1970 Trudy Slaby Etherton (R), Indiana

1969-1978 Alice Kundert (R), South Dakota
Secretary of State in 1979-1987.

1971-1978 Mary Aikins Currie (D), Indiana

1981-1995 Julia Hughes Jones (R), Arkansas
Jones was a Democrat; she switched parties in October 1993

1983-1990 Jan Cook (D), Alabama
Public Service Commissioner since  1991.

1984-1987 Mary Ann Tobin (D), Kentucky

1984-1999 Margaret Kelly (R), Margaret Kelly (R)
Kelly was initially appointed to fill a vacancy and was subsequently elected..

1985-1992 Andrea Bennett (R), Montana
Bennett was first elected under her maiden name of Andrea Hemstead. Montana's state auditor also serves as the insurance Commissioner.

1987-1994 Ann G. DeVore (R), Indiana

1995-1999 Patsy Duncan (R), Alabama

1995-2003 Judi Dutcher (DFL), Minnesota
DFL indicates Democratic Farmer Labor, which is the name of the Democratic party in Minnesota.  

1995-96 Gail M. Chase, Maine
Appointed to the office. Only the position of Governor is an elective office in the state.

1999-2003 Susan Parker (D), Alabama

1999-? Claire McCaskill (D), Missouri
In 2004 she was unsucessful Democrat candidate for Governor, loosing narrowly to the Republican candidate.

1999-2001 Carol Springer (R), Arizona
State Treasurer in 2001-2003.

1999-2005 Connie Nass (R), Indiana

1999-2007 Kathleen Witek (R), Nebraska

2001-05 Elizabeth M. Ready (D), Vermont

2003-07 Beth Chapman (R), Alabama

2003-07 Patricia Awada (R), Minnesota

2003-? Betty Montgomery (R), Ohio
Attorney General in

2004-? Crit Luallen (D), Kentucy
Her official name is
Eugenia Crittenden Blackburn "Crit" Luallen
2007-? Samantha Shaw (R), Alabama

2007-? Rebecca Otto (DFL)
, Minnesota

2007-? Susan Montee (D), Missouri

2007-? Mary Taylor (R), Ohio

2007-? Rita Meyer (R),

Public Service Commissioner

1955-1970 Sibyl Pool (D), Alabama
Secretary of State in 1944-50 and State Treasurer in 1951-1954.

1971-1980 Juanita W. McDaniel (D), Alabama
McDaniel resigned in February 1980.

1973-1979 Paula F. Hawkins (R), Florida
Hawkins resigned in March 1979.

1981-1986 Jane Eskind (D), Tennessee

1991-? Jan Cook (D), Alabama
State Auditor in 1983-1990.

1993-? Susan E. Wefald (R), North Dakota

1995-1999 Sara Kyle (D), Tennessee

1997-? Ann Boyle (D), Nebraska

2003-? Angela Elizabeth Speir (R), Georgia

2007-? Susan D. Parker (D), Alabama
State Auditor 1998-2002

Corporation Commissioner

1981-1984 Diane McCarthy (R), Arizona

1981-1988 Norma Eagleton (D), Oklahoma

1984 Marianne Jennings (R), Arizona
Jennings was appointed to fill a vacancy.

1985-1986 Sharon Megdal (D), Arizona
Megdal was appointed to fill a vacancy.

1985-1999 Marcia Weeks (D), Arizona

1995-1997 Gloria Tristani (D), New Mexico

1997-2007 Denise Bode (R), Oklahoma
Bode was initially appointed and was subsequently elected.

2003-? Kristin K. Mayes (R), Arizona

Attorney General

1985-1987 Arlene Violet (R), Rhode Island

1986-1993 Mary Sue Terry (D), Virginia
Terry resigned in January 1993 to run for governor.

1988-1990 Clarine Nardie Riddle (D), Connecticut
Riddle was appointed to fill a vacancy.

1991-1995 Susan Loving (D), Oklahoma
Loving was appointed to fill a vacancy.

1991 Mary Stallcup (D), Arkansas
Stallcup was appointed to fill a vacancy for a very brief time

1991-1999 Gale A. Norton (R), Colorado
Since 2001
Secretary of the Interior in USA Cabinet.

1991-1995 Bonnie Campbell (D), Iowa 

1991-2003 Frankie Sue Del Papa (D), Nevada

1993-2003 Christine O. Gregoire (D), Washington
Governor from 2004.

1993-2001 Jan Graham (D), Utah

1993-1997 Pamela Carter (D), Indiana

1993-2001 Heidi Heitkamp (D), North Dakota
Tax Commissioner 1986-1993. Heitkamp was initially appointed and subsequently elected to fill an unexpired term

1995-? M. Jane Brady (R), Delaware

1995-2003 Carla J. Stovall (R), Kansas

1995-2003 Betty Montgomery (R), Ohio
State Auditor since 2003.

1999-2003 Janet Napolitano (D), Arizona
Governor since 2003.

1999-2003 Jennifer Granholm (D), Michigan
Governor since 2003.

1999-2007 Patricia Madrid (D), New Mexico

2000-2001 Karen Freeman-Wilson, Indiana

2003-?  Lisa Madigan (D), Illinois

2003-2007 Peg Lutenschlager (D), Wisconsin

2007-? Martha Coakley (D), Massachusetts

2007-? Lori Swanson (D),  Minnesota

2007-? Catherine Cortez Masto (D), Nevada

State Controller or Comptroller

1991-1995 Dawn Clark Netsch (D), Illinois

1995-2003 Kathleen Connell (D), California

1995-? Nancy Wyman (D), Connecticut

1995-1999 Loleta A. Didrickson (R), Illinois

1999-2004 Kathy Augustine (R), Nevada

1999-2007 Carole Keeton Strayhorn (R), Texas
Railroad Commissioner in 1994-1999. Independent Candidate for Governor in 2006.

2007-? Donna M. Jones (R), Indiana

2007-? Kim Wallin (D), Nevada

2007-? Susan Combs (R), Texas

Commissioner of Insurance

1972-1976 Evelyn E. Gandy (D), Mississippi

1960-1964 and 1968-1972 State Treasurer. Lt. Governor 1976-1980.

1993-? Donna Lee Williams (R), Delaware

1993-2001 Deborah Senn (D), Washington

1995-2002 Kathleen Sebelius (D), Kansas
Governor since 2003.

2003-? Sandy Praeger (R), Kansas

2007-? Kim Holland (D), Oklahoma

Commissioner of Education

1987-1993 Betty Castor (D), Florida

Railroad Commissioner

1927-1934 Mamie Eaton Greene (D), Florida
Greene was initially appointed to fill a vacancy caused by the death of her husband; she was subsequently elected.

1991-1992 Lena Guerrero (D), Texas
Guerrero was appointed to fill a vacancy.

1994-1999 Carole Keeton Strayhorn (R), Texas
Strayhorn won a special election to fill an unexpired term. State Controller since 1999.

2005-? Elizabeth Ames Jones (R), Texas

Superintendent of Education

1991-1999 Barbara Nielsen (R), South Carolina

1995-2003 Linda Schrenko (R), Georgia

1999-? Inez Tenenbaum (D), South Carolina

2003-? Kathy Cox (R), Georgia

Secretary of Agriculture
1999-2007 Patty Judge (D), Iowa
Lt. Governor 2007.

State Printer

1957-1960 Lily M. Washabough (D), Kansas

Commissioner of Elections

2000-? Suzanne Haik Terrell (R), Louisiana
Candidate for U.S. Senator in 2002.

Register of State Lands

1931-1951 and 1956-1957 Lucille May Grace (D), Louisiana
Grace was initially appointed to fill a vacancy caused by the death of her father; she died while serving
in office in 1957.

1952-1955 and 1960-1975 Ellen Bryan Moore (D), Louisiana

Public Registration Commissioner

1999-2001 Lynda Lovejoy (D), New Mexico

Commissioner of Labor

1979-1995 Mary Wendy Roberts (D), Oregon

1995-2007 Brenda Reneau Wynn (R), Oklahoma

2001-? Cherie Killian Berry (R), North Carolina

Commissioner of Agriculture

1989-1997 Sarah Vogel (D), North Dakota

1999-? Susan Combs (R), Texas

2001-2003 Meg Scott Phipps (D), North Carolina

Tax Commissioner

1986-1993 Heidi Heitkamp (D),  North Dakota
Heitkamp was initially appointed and subsequently elected to fill an unexpired term.
Attorney General 1993-2001.

Auditor General

1965-1968 Grace McCalmont (D), Pennsylvania
State Treasurer 1961-1964 and 1969-1976.

1989-1997 Barbara H. Hafer (R), Pennsylvania
State Treasurer since 1997.

Public Utilities Commissioner

1975-1980 Norma Klinkel (D), South Dakota

1977-1982 Char Fischer (R), South Dakota

1989-2001 Laska Schoenfelder (R), South Dakota

1997-2003 Pam Nelson (D), South Dakota

Commissioner of Lands

1993-2001 Jennifer Belcher (D), Washington  

Commissioner of Charities and Corretions 

1907-14 Kate Bernard, Oklahoma
She lived (1875-1930).

2007-? Public Reguation Commissioner Carol K. Sloan, New Mexico


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