Historical Summary of Women in Statewide Elective Executive Office: 1969-Current

Note: These figures do not include: officials in appointive state cabinet-level positions (unless the appointment is to an elected position); officials elected to executive posts by the legislature; members of the judicial branch; or elected members of university boards of trustees or boards of education. Numbers reflect end of year counts.
"NP" indicates an officeholder elected in a nonpartisan race; "I" indicates an independent; “RP” indicates Reform Party; "IP" indicates Independence Party. The Minnesota Democratic Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party is included in the Democratic (D) figures; the Minnesota Independent Republican (IR) Party is included in the Republican (R) figures
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  Year Total
Women
     Total Women
     (party breakdown) 
Total Positions    Percent Women  
  2021
 
  94   51D, 41R, 2NP   310   30.3
  Includes Shirley Weber (D-CA) who was appointed Secretary of State on 1/29/21 and Holli Sullivan (R-IN) who was appointed Secretary of State on 3/16/21. Does not include Gina Raimondo who resigned as governor to become Secretary of Commerce on 3/2/21 or Connie Lawson (R-IN who resigned as Secretary of State on 3/15/21.
  2020
 
  90   48D, 40R, 2NP   311   28.9
 

2019

  91   48D, 41R, 2NP   311   29.3
  2018
 
  74   28D, 44R, 2NP   311   23.8
  2017   71   27D, 43R, 1NP   311   22.8
  Does not include Nikki Haley (R-SC) who resigned as governor to become UN Ambassador in January 2017.
 
  2016
 
  78   35D, 42R, 1NP   311   25.1
  2015
 
  79   36D, 42R, 1NP   311   25.4
   2014
 
     72      36D, 35R, 1NP    318    22.6
  2013
 
  70   34D, 35R, 1NP   318   22.0
  2012
 
  71   37D, 34R   320   22.2
  2011
 
  70   37D, 32R, 1NP   317   22.1
  2010
 
  70   48D, 21R, 1NP   314   22.3
  2009   71   49D, 21R, 1NP   314   22.6
  Does not include Elizabeth Burmaster (NP-WI) who resigned as superintendent of public instruction on 07/06/09; does not include Sarah Palin (R-AK) who resigned as governor on 7/26/09.
 
  2008   72   42D, 27R, 3NP   315   22.9
  Does not include Catherine Baker Knoll (D-PA) who passed away; does not include Nancy Rogers (D-OH) who stepped down as interim attorney general; does not include Kathleen Sebelius, who resigned 4/28/09.
 
  2007   74   43D, 28R, 3NP   315   23.5
  Does not include Denise Bode (R-OK) who resigned in 2007.
 
  2006   77   35D, 38R, 3NP, 1I   315   24.4
  Does not include Kathy Augustine (R-NV) who died in office 7/12/06 while serving as state controller.
 
  2005   79   35D, 40R, 3NP, 1I   315   25.1
  Gigi Dennis (R-CO) was appointed secretary of state in 2005 to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Donnetta Davidson.
 
  2004   80   38D, 38R, 3NP, 1I   315   25.4
  Includes M. Jodi Rell (R-CT), who was originally elected lieutenant governor and became governor on 6/22/04 following the resignation of Governor John Rowland; and Patricia Willoughby (D-NC), who was appointed to fill a vacancy as state superintendent of education on 9/7/04. Does not include Lorelee Byrd (R-NE) who resigned as state treasurer on 1/2/04.
 
  2003   80   36D, 40R, 3NP, 1I   316   25.3
  Includes Olene Walker (R-UT), who became governor 11/5/03 following the resignation of Governor Mike Leavitt. Also includes Katherine Davis (D-IN) who was appointed lieutenant governor 10/3/03.
 
  2002   86   43D, 38R, 3NP, 1I, 1RP   323   26.6
  2001   87   44D, 38R, 3NP, 1I, 1RP   323   26.9
  Does not include Christine Todd Whitman (R-NJ), who resigned as governor on 1/31/01.
 
  2000   89   46D, 39R, 2NP, 1I, 1RP   323   27.6
  Includes Karen Freeman-Wilson (D-IN), who was appointed attorney general and took office 2/16/00; Judi Dutcher, Minnesota's state auditor, changed parties from Republican to Democratic Farmer-Labor (DFL) on 5/2/00.
 
  1999
 
  86   43D, 39R, 1RP, 2NP, 1I   323   26.6
  1998
 
  78   32D, 43R, 3NP   323   24.1
  1997   79   33D, 43R, 3NP   323   24.5
  Includes Jane Dee Hull (R-AZ), elected as secretary of state who became governor in 9/97 through constitutional succession; as well as Betsey Bayless (R-AZ) who Hull appointed as secretary of state in 9/97, and Denise Bode (R-OK) who was appointed to the Public Service Commission in 10/97. Does not include Gloria Tristani (D-NM), who resigned to take a post with the Federal Communications Commission in 11/97.
 
  1996   78   33D, 42R, 3NP   324   24.1
  Does not include Frances Jones Mills (D-KY), who died in office 1/15/96 while serving as state treasurer. Does not include Martha Whitehead (D-TX), who abolished her office of state treasurer 10/20/96, thereby fulfilling a campaign promise.
 
  1995
 
  85   38D, 44R, 3NP   324   26.2
  1994
 
  72   38D, 31R, 2NP, 1I   324   22.2
  1993   73   41D, 29R, 2NP, 1I   324   22.5
  Does not include Mary Sue Terry (D-VA), who resigned as attorney general 1/28/93 to run for governor, or Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), who resigned as state treasurer 6/14/93 after she won a special election to the U.S. Senate. Does include Martha Whitehead (D-TX), who was appointed state treasurer and took office 7/6/93; and Kim Robak (D-NE), who was appointed lieutenant governor and took office on 10/4/93.
 
  1992   60   34D, 23R, 2NP, 1I   324   18.5
  Does not include Lena Guerrero (D-TX), who resigned as railroad commissioner 9/25/92.
 
  1991   59   33D, 23R, 2NP, 1I   324   18.2
  Includes Lena Guerrero (D-TX), who was appointed to the Railroad Commission and took office 1/23/91; and Susan Loving (D-OK), who was appointed attorney general and took office 6/21/91. Does not include Mary Stallcup (D-AR), who was appointed attorney general 1/1/91 and, who left office 1/14/91.
 
  1990   48   34D, 12R, 2NP   323   14.9
  Includes Norma Paulus (NP-OR), who was appointed superintendent of public instruction 10/1/90.
 
  1989   46   33D, 12R, 1NP   322   14.3
  Includes Clarine Nardie Riddle (D-CT), who was appointed attorney general and took office 10/27/89.
 
  1988   43   32D, 10R, 1NP   322   13.4
  Includes Rose Mofford (D-AZ), who became governor 4/5/88 following the impeachment and conviction of Governor Evan Mecham (R). She had been serving as secretary of state when she became governor by constitutional succession. Does not include Clarine Nardie Riddle (D-CT), who was appointed acting attorney general 12/22/88.
 
  1987   46   36D, 10R   323   14.2
  Includes Mary Landrieu (D-LA), who was elected state treasurer in November 1987. Voters cast two ballots; one to finish an unexpired term for which she took office 11/30/87; the other for her own four year term which began 3/14/88. Does not include Mary Evelyn Parker (D-LA), who retired as state treasurer 1/15/87 or Ruth Meiers (D-ND), who died in office 3/19/87 while serving as lieutenant governor.
 
  1986   45   33D, 12R   323   13.9
  Includes M.K. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), who was appointed tax commissioner and took office 2/2/86.
 
  1985
 
  43   31D, 12R   323   13.3
  1984   38    25D, 13R   323   11.8
  Includes Margaret Kelly (R-MO), who was appointed state auditor and took office 5/30/84.
 
  1983
 
  34   23D, 11R   324   10.5
  1982   35   24D, 11R   324   10.8
  Includes Maura Melley (D-CT), who was appointed secretary of state and took office 1/29/82. Does not include Barbara Kennelly (D-CT), who left her position as secretary of state 1/12/82 to assume her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
 
  1981   34    24D, 10R   324   10.5
  Includes Kay Orr (R-NE), who was appointed state treasurer and took office 6/15/81.
 
  1980   36   28D, 7R, 1NP   N/A   N/A
  Includes Mary Jane Odell (R-IA), who was appointed secretary of state 11/3/80. Does not include Juanita McDaniel (D-AL), who resigned as public service commissioner 2/80.
 
  1979   37   30D, 6R, 1NP   327   11.3
  Does not include Paula Hawkins (R-FL), who resigned as public service commissioner 3/21/79.
 
  1978   31   24D, 6R, 1NP   N/A   N/A
  Includes Annie Laurie Gunter (D-AL), who was appointed state treasurer 6/78. Does not include Elwill Shanahan (R-KS), who retired as secretary of state 5/10/78 or Melba Till Allen (D-AL), who left office as state treasurer 6/78.
 
  1977   33    25D, 7R, 1NP   333   9.9
  Includes Rose Mofford (D-AZ), who was appointed secretary of state and took office 10/20/77.
 
  1976
 
  33   25D, 7R, 1NP   N/A   N/A
  1975
 
  33   25D, 7R, 1NP   337   9.8
  1974
 
  27   18D, 8R, 1NP   N/A   N/A
  1973
 
  26   18D, 7R, 1NP   342   7.6
  1972
 
  24   18D, 6R   N/A   N/A
  1971
 
  24   18D, 6R   343   7.0
  1970
 
  25   16D, 9R   N/A   N/A
  1969   23    14D, 9R   346   6.6
  Does not include Sarah Folsom (R-AZ), who died in office 6/11/69 while serving as superintendent of public instruction.