Women in Statewide Elective Executive Office 2017

Current Statewide Elective Executive
71
(27D, 43R, 1NP)
22.8% of 311 seats

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

Statewide Elective Executives by Race and Ethnicity

*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 71 current women statewide elective executives:

  • 1 identifies as Asian American/Pacific Islander
  • 2 identify as Black
  • 4 identify as Latina
  • 64 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.

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.

Lieutenant Governor
12
(5D, 7R)
Name Party Year(s) Served State
Suzanne Crouch R 2017-present Indiana
Kimberly M. Guadagno R 2010-2017 New Jersey
Bethany A. Hall-Long D 2017-present Delaware
Jenean Hampton R 2016-2019 Kentucky
Kathy C. Hochul D 2015-2021 New York
Rebecca Kleefisch R 2011-2018 Wisconsin
Donna Lynne D 2016-2018 Colorado
Karyn E. Polito R 2015-present Massachusetts
Evelyn Sanguinetti R 2015-2018 Illinois
Tina Smith D/DFL 2015-2017 Minnesota
Mary Taylor R 2011-2018 Ohio
Nancy Wyman D 2011-2018 Connecticut
Attorney General
7
(4D, 3R)
Name Party Year(s) Served State
Pamela J. Bondi R 2011-2018 Florida
Cynthia H. Coffman R 2015-2018 Colorado
Maura Healey D 2015-present Massachusetts
Lisa Madigan D 2003-2018 Illinois
Ellen F. Rosenblum D 2012-present Oregon
Leslie Rutledge R 2015-present Arkansas
Lori R. Swanson D/DFL 2007-2018 Minnesota
Secretary of State
11
(5D, 6R)
Name Party Year(s) Served State
Barbara K. Cegavske R 2015-present Nevada
Nellie M. Gorbea D 2015-present Rhode Island
Alison Grimes D 2012-2019 Kentucky
Ruth Johnson R 2011-2018 Michigan
Shantel Krebs R 2015-2018 South Dakota
Connie Lawson R 2012-2021 Indiana
Elaine Folk Marshall D 1997-present North Carolina
Denise W. Merrill D 2011-present Connecticut
Michele Reagan R 2015-2018 Arizona
Maggie Toulouse Oliver D 2016-present New Mexico
Kim Wyman R 2013-2021 Washington
State Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer
7
(3D, 4R)
Name Party Year(s) Served State
Allison J. Ball R 2016-present Kentucky
Lynn Fitch R 2012-2019 Mississippi
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
State Auditor
9
(5D, 4R)
Name Party Year(s) Served State
Suzanne M. Bump D 2011-present Massachusetts
Cynthia I. Cloud R 2011-2018 Wyoming
Nicole Galloway D 2015-present Missouri
Tera K. Klutz R 2017-present Indiana
Andrea D. Lea R 2015-present Arkansas
Patrice McCarthy D 2017-present Washington
Mary Mosiman R 2013-2018 Iowa
Rebecca Otto D/DFL 2007-2018 Minnesota
Beth A. Wood D 2009-present North Carolina
State Comptroller/Controller
2
(2D)
Name Party Year(s) Served State
Susana A. Mendoza D 2017-present Illinois
Betty T. Yee D 2015-present California
Superintendent of Public Instruction
8
(7R, 1NP)

(note: title varies from state to state)

Name Party Year(s) Served State
Elsie M. Arntzen R 2017-present Montana
Kirsten Baesler NP 2013-present North Dakota
Jillian Balow R 2015-2022 Wyoming
Diane Douglas R 2015-2018 Arizona
Joy L. Hofmeister R 2015-2021 Oklahoma
Jennifer McCormick R 2017-2020 Indiana
Molly M. Spearman R 2015-present South Carolina
Sherri Ybarra R 2015-present Idaho
Commissioner of Labor
2
(2R)
Name Party Year(s) Served State
Cherie Killian Berry R 2001-2020 North Carolina
Melissa McLawhorn Houston R 2015-2018 Oklahoma
Corporation Commissioner
1
(1R)
Name Party Year(s) Served State
Dana L. Murphy R 2009-present Oklahoma
Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner
1
(1R)
Name Party Year(s) Served State
Cindy Hyde-Smith R 2012-2018 Mississippi
Public Service Commissioner
2
(2R)
Name Party Year(s) Served State
Twinkle A. Cavanaugh R 2011-present Alabama
Julie Fedorchak R 2013-present North Dakota
Public Utilities Commissioner
1
(1R)
Name Party Year(s) Served State
Kristie Fiegen R 2011-present South Dakota
Railroad Commissioner
1
(1R)
Name Party Year(s) Served State
Christi L. Craddick R 2013-present Texas
Commissioner of Public Lands
1
(1D)
Name Party Year(s) Served State
Hilary Franz D 2017-present Washington