Total count for women statewide elective executive officeholders does not include: officials in appointive state cabinet-level positions; officials elected to executive posts by the legislature; officials elected as commissioners or board members from districts rather than statewide; members of the judicial branch; or elected members of university Boards of Trustees or Boards of Education.
NP = non-partisan
*Women who self-identify as more than one race/ethnicity are included on CAWP pages for each group with which they identify. We strongly caution against adding totals from each racial/ethnic group should, as it will double count officeholders.
Of the 78 current women statewide elective executives:
- 3 identify as Asian American/Pacific Islander
- 2 identify as Black
- 3 identify as Latina
- 1 identifies as Native American/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian
- 70 identify as white
Current Statewide Elective Executives by Position
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.
Nikki Haley, a South Carolina Republican, was elected to an open seat to become the state's first woman governor in 2010 and reelected in 2014. She served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011 and was majority whip from 2007 to 2011. She was assistant executive director, Lexington Medical Center Foundation. She served as a major in the Civil Air Patrol. She owns a business with her family.
Maggie Hassan, a New Hampshire Democrat, won an open election in 2012 and was reelected in 2014. She served in the state senate from 2004-2010; there she was senate majority leader in 2010 and previously assistant Democratic whip and president pro tempore.
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.
Gina Ralmondo, 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.
|Kimberly M. Guadagno||R||2010-2017||New Jersey|
|Kathy C. Hochul||D||2015-2021||New York|
|Kay E. Ivey||R||2011-2017||Alabama|
|Crit Eugenia Luallen||D||2014-2015||Kentucky|
|Karyn E. Polito||R||2015-present||Massachusetts|
|Pamela J. Bondi||R||2011-2018||Florida|
|Cynthia H. Coffman||R||2015-2018||Colorado|
|Ellen F. Rosenblum||D||2012-present||Oregon|
|Lori R. Swanson||D/DFL||2007-2018||Minnesota|
|Jeanne P. Atkins||D||2015-2016||Oregon|
|Barbara K. Cegavske||R||2015-present||Nevada|
|Nellie M. Gorbea||D||2015-present||Rhode Island|
|Shantel Krebs||R||2015-2018||South Dakota|
|Elaine Folk Marshall||D||1997-present||North Carolina|
|Linda H. McCulloch||D||2009-2016||Montana|
|Denise W. Merrill||D||2011-present||Connecticut|
|Natalie E. Tennant||D||2009-2016||West Virginia|
|Janet Cowell||D||2009-2016||North Carolina|
|Deborah B. Goldberg||D||2015-present||Massachusetts|
|Kelly M. Mitchell||R||2015-present||Indiana|
|Denise L. Nappier||D||1999-2018||Connecticut|
|Elizabeth A. Pearce||D||2011-present||Vermont|
|Kelly L. Schmidt||R||2005-2020||North Dakota|
|Suzanne M. Bump||D||2011-present||Massachusetts|
|Cynthia I. Cloud||R||2011-2018||Wyoming|
|Andrea D. Lea||R||2015-present||Arkansas|
|Monica J. Lindeen||D||2009-2016||Montana|
|Beth A. Wood||D||2009-present||North Carolina|
|Leslie Geissler Munger||R||2015-2016||Illinois|
|Betty T. Yee||D||2015-present||California|
(note: title varies from state to state)
|June St. Clair Atkinson||D||2005-2016||North Carolina|
|Kirsten Baesler||NP||2013-present||North Dakota|
|Joy L. Hofmeister||R||2015-2021||Oklahoma|
|Molly M. Spearman||R||2015-present||South Carolina|
|Karen Weldin Stewart||D||2009-2016||Delaware|
|Cherie Killian Berry||R||2001-2020||North Carolina|
|Melissa McLawhorn Houston||R||2015-2018||Oklahoma|
|Susan Bitter Smith||R||2013-2015||Arizona|
|Dana L. Murphy||R||2009-present||Oklahoma|
|Twinkle A. Cavanaugh||R||2011-present||Alabama|
|Julie Fedorchak||R||2013-present||North Dakota|
|Kristie Fiegen||R||2011-present||South Dakota|