Women in Statewide Elective Executive Office 2017
Six women (2D, 4R) serve as governors in 2017.
Kate Brown, an Oregon Democrat, became governor in 2015 after the elected governor resigned. She served as secretary of state from 2009 until her succession to governor. She served in the Oregon House of Representatives and Oregon State Senate, becoming senate majority leader.
Mary Fallin, an Oklahoma Republican, was elected to an open sear to become the state's first woman governor in 2010 and reelected in 2014. She served as U.S. Representative from 2007-2011. She was lieutenant governor from 1995 to 2007 and served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1990 to 1994.
Kay Ivey, an Alabama Republican, was lieutenant governor and became governor when the elected governor resigned. She was elected state treasurer in 2002 and re-elected in 2006; she won office as lieutenant governor in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014.
Susana Martinez, a New Mexico Republican, was elected to an open seat to become the state's first woman governor in 2010 and reelected in 2014. She was elected the Dona Ana County District Attorney, serving from 1996 to 2009. A Latina, she was one of the first two women of color to serve as governors.
Gina Raimondo, a Rhode Island Democrat, won an open seat to become the state's first woman governor in 2014. She served as general treasurer from 2011-2015.
Kim Reynolds, an Iowa Republican, served as lieutenant governor from 2011 until 2017. She became governor when the incumbent was appointed U.S. ambassador to China. Prior to her election as lieutenant governor, she served in the Iowa State Senate and as Clarke County treasurer.
women (22D, 17R) have served as governors in 28 states.
In addition, one woman has served as governor in Puerto Rico. Arizona is the first state where a woman succeeded another woman as governor, and the first state to have had four women governors. Of the 39 women governors, 25 were first elected in their own right; 3 replaced their husbands, and 11 became governor by constitutional succession, four of whom subsequently won full terms. The record number of women serving simultaneously, achieved in 2004 and again in 2007, is 9.
(note: title varies from state to state)