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Five Women Governors for the First Time

Five women hold state governor positions„the largest number in history. In the New Hampshire Governor’s race, pro-choice incumbent Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) beat Gordon Humphrey (R-NH), in Delaware, pro-choice Ruth Ann Minner (D-DE) beat John Buris (R-DE) for that state’s Governorship, and in Montana, Judy Martz (R-MT) will be the next Governor. These three women join Governor Jane Dee Hull (R-AZ) and Governor Christine Todd Whitman (R-NJ) to make up the largest number of women in Governors’ offices in history.

In other state news, Barbara Hafer (R-PA), a pro-choice Republican edged out her opponent, Catherine Baker Knoll (D-PA), an anti-choice Democrat, in the race for the State Treasurer of Pennsylvania.

Sources:

Center for American Women in Politics - November 8, 2000; Washington Post - November 8, 2000; Feminist Majority Foundation

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