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 74 current women statewide elective executives:
- 1 identifies as Asian American/Pacific Islander
- 3 identify as Black
- 4 identify as Latina
- 1 identifies as Native American/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian
- 65 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.
|Valerie J. Davidson||Ind||2018-2018||Alaska|
|Michelle L. Fischbach||R||2018-2018||Minnesota|
|Bethany A. Hall-Long||D||2017-present||Delaware|
|Kathy C. Hochul||D||2015-2021||New York|
|Sheila Y. Oliver||D||2018-present||New Jersey|
|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|
|Barbara D. Underwood||D||2018-2018||New York|
|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|
|Denise W. Merrill||D||2011-present||Connecticut|
|Maggie Toulouse Oliver||D||2016-present||New Mexico|
|Allison J. Ball||R||2016-present||Kentucky|
|Deborah B. Goldberg||D||2015-present||Massachusetts|
|Eileen I. Klein||R||2018-2018||Arizona|
|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|
|Tera K. Klutz||R||2017-present||Indiana|
|Andrea D. Lea||R||2015-present||Arkansas|
|Beth A. Wood||D||2009-present||North Carolina|
|Susana A. Mendoza||D||2017-present||Illinois|
|Betty T. Yee||D||2015-present||California|
(note: title varies from state to state)
|Elsie M. Arntzen||R||2017-present||Montana|
|Kirsten Baesler||NP||2013-present||North Dakota|
|Joy L. Hofmeister||R||2015-2021||Oklahoma|
|Molly M. Spearman||R||2015-present||South Carolina|
|Cherie Killian Berry||R||2001-2020||North Carolina|
|Melissa McLawhorn Houston||R||2015-2018||Oklahoma|
|Dana L. Murphy||R||2009-present||Oklahoma|
|Twinkle A. Cavanaugh||R||2011-present||Alabama|
|Julie Fedorchak||R||2013-present||North Dakota|
|Tricia R. Pridemore||R||2018-present||Georgia|
|Kristie Fiegen||R||2011-present||South Dakota|
|Christi L. Craddick||R||2013-present||Texas|