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The Women in Government Leadership Program, launched in 2014, is a deliberate and strategic effort to increase the number of women elected to state and local office. The Governing Institute program has three primary goals: acknowledge extraordinary elected women by featuring them in Governing magazine, provide leadership development through in-person retreats and pay it forward by mentoring women to run. Each summer, 24 women serving in state and local office and one rising star are selected to participate in the bipartisan national program. Over 100 women are now members of the powerful alumnae network. The Class of 2019 begins their year together in November 2018.

Women in Government Honorees


Arienne Jones

Law Fellow, Southern Poverty Law Center

Debra Bazemore

State Representative, Ga.

Nan Whaley

Mayor, Dayton, Ohio

Liz Mathis

State Senator, Iowa

Robyn Tannehill

Mayor, Oxford, Miss.

Letitia Clark

City Councilmember, Tustin, Calif.

Julie Rogers

Commission Board Chair, Kalamazoo County, Mich.

Rebecca Rhynhart

City Controller, Philadelphia

Tara Nethercott

State Senator, Wyo.

Kathy Dahlkemper

County Executive, Erie County, Pa.

Kimberly Foxx

State’s Attorney, Cook County, Ill.

Kathy Lambert

Councilmember, King County, Wash.

Sheila Oliver

Lieutenant Governor, N.J.

Kirsten Baesler

Superintendent of Public Instruction, N.D.

Sara Howard

State Senator, Neb.

Karen Weaver

Mayor, Flint, Mich.

Lena Taylor

State Senator, Wis.

Brigid Shea

Commissioner, Travis County, Texas

Lisa Krasner

State Representative, Nev.

Phyllis Randall

Chair-at-Large, Loudoun County, Va.

Lashrecse Aird

State Representative, Va.

Val Hoyle

Commissioner of Labor and Industries, Ore.

Rachel Kippley

Commissioner, Brown County, S.D.

Karen Carter Peterson

State Senator, La.

Lovely Warren

Mayor, Rochester, N.Y.

Vivian Davis Figures

State Senator, Alabama

Macy Amos

Attorney, Nashville Department of Law

Brenda A. Howerton

County Commissioner, Durham County, N.C.

Attica Scott

State Representative, Kentucky

Emilia Sykes

State Representative, Ohio

Kim McMillan

Mayor, Clarksville, Tenn.

Marian Orr

Mayor, Cheyenne, Wyo.

Toi Hutchinson

State Senator, Illinois

Nellie M. Gorbea

Secretary of State, Rhode Island

Rosalynn Bliss

Mayor, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Helena Moreno

State Representative, Louisiana

Connie Rockco

County Supervisor, Harrison County, Miss.

Catherine Pugh

Mayor, Baltimore, Md.

Cindy Bobbitt

County Commissioner, Grant County, Okla.

Lena Fowler

Supervisor, Coconino County, Ariz.

Alisha Bell

Vice Chair, County Commission, Wayne County, Mich.

Themis Klarides

State Representative, Connecticut

Kimberly Yee

State Senator, Arizona

Debra March

Mayor, Henderson, Nev.

Robin Shackleford

State Representative, Indiana

Acquanetta Warren

Mayor, Fontana, Calif.

Allison Ball

State Treasurer, Kentucky

Kim K. Ogg

District Attorney, Harris County, Texas

Melissa McKinlay

Mayor, Palm Beach County, Fla.

Affie Ellis

State Senator, Wyoming

Diane Allen

State Senator, New Jersey

Megan Barry

Mayor, Nashville, Tennessee

Rebecca M. Benally

Commissioner, San Juan County, Utah

Ruby Brabo

Supervisor, King George County, Virginia

Cynthia Cloud

State Auditor, Wyoming

Suzanne Crouch

Lieutenant Governor, Indiana

Debra Davis

Commissioner, Charles County, Maryland

Eileen Filler-Corn

State Delegate, Virginia

Karen Freeman-Wilson

Mayor, Gary, Indiana

Cindy Hyde-Smith

Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce, Mississippi

Tameika Isaac Devine

Councilwoman, Columbia, South Carolina

Merceria Ludgood

Commissioner, Mobile County, Alabama

Lydia Mihalik

Mayor, Findlay, Ohio

Blair Milo

Mayor, LaPorte, Indiana

Holly Mitchell

State Senator, California

Cherelle Parker

Councilwoman, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Deb Peters

State Senator, South Dakota

Toni Preckwinkle

Board President, Cook County, Illinois

Crystal Rhoades

Nebraska Public Service Commission

Nily Rozic

Assemblywoman, New York

Evelyn Sanguinetti

Lieutenant Governor, Illinois

Julia Stokes

State Representative, Louisiana

Chelsa Wagner

Controller, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Betty Yee

State Controller, California

Niki Cid

Deputy District Attorney, Placer County, California

Raumesh Akbari

State Representative, Tennessee

Carol Alvarado

State Representative, Texas

Marlene Anielski

State Representative, Ohio

Gail McCann Beatty

State Representative, Missouri

Stephanie Bice

State Senator, Oklahoma

Mary Ann Borgeson

Commissioner, Douglas County, Nebraska

Rebecca Casper

Mayor, Idaho Falls, Idaho

Toni Carter

Commissioner, Ramsey County, Minnesota

Joy Cooper

Mayor, Hallandale Beach, Florida

Wendy Horman

State Representative, Idaho

Lindsey Horvath

Mayor, West Hollywood, California

Adrienne Jones

State Delegate, Maryland

Linda Langston

Supervisor, Linn County, Iowa

Andrea Lea

State Auditor, Arkansas

Charisse Millett

House Majority Leader, Alaska

Amy Murray

City Councilmember, Cincinnati

Erin Oban

State Senator, North Dakota

Cherrish Pryor

State Representative, Indiana

Brenda Roberts

Auditor, Oakland, California

Loretta Smith

Commissioner, Multnomah County, Oregon

Melanie Stambaugh

State Representative, Washington

Shelley Taub

Commissioner, Oakland County, Michigan

Ivy Taylor

Mayor, San Antonio, Texas

Michelle Wu

City Council President, Boston

Sarah Besnoff

U.S. District Court Clerk, Eastern District, Pennsylvania

Angelique Ashby

Mayor Pro Tempore, Sacramento, California

Barbara Bollier

Kansas State Representative

Sharon Weston Broome

Senate President Pro Tempore, Louisiana

Sallie Clark

Commissioner, El Paso County, Colorado

Janet Weir Creighton

Commissioner, Stark County, Ohio

Dee Dawkins-Haigler

Georgia State Representative

Lynn Fitch

State Treasurer, Mississippi

Manju Ganeriwala

State Treasurer, Virginia

Karen Jackson

Secretary of Technology, Virginia

Kristin Jacobs

Florida State Representative

Tishaura O. Jones

Treasurer, St. Louis, Missouri

Joette Katz

Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Children and Families

Lauren Matsumoto

Hawaii State Representative

Mia McLeod

South Carolina State Representative

Stephanie Miner

Mayor, Syracuse, New York

Jennifer Montgomery

Supervisor, Placer County, California

Alisha Morgan

Former Georgia State Representative

Annise Parker

Mayor, Houston, Texas

Crystal Peoples-Stokes

New York State Assemblywoman

Madeline Anne Rogero

Mayor, Knoxville, Tennessee

Marie Lopez Rogers

Supervisor, Maricopa County, Arizona

Marilyn Strickland

Mayor, Tacoma, Washington

Lisa Wong

Mayor, Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Emily Wattman-Turner

Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Office of Gov. John Hickenlooper, Colorado