|Lived:||May 10, 1919—February 5, 1981 (aged 61)|
|Career:||Governor of Connecticut, 1975-1980|
U.S. House of Representatives, 1971-1975
Secretary of State for Connecticut, 1959-1971
Connecticut House of Representatives, 1953-1957
|Education:||B.A. and M.A., Mount Holyoke College|
Ella T. Grasso served as governor of Connecticut from 1975 to 1980. She was the first woman governor of Connecticut and the first woman to be elected governor of a U.S. state without having been the spouse or widow of a former governor.
Grasso was born on May 10, 1919, in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. She earned a bachelor's degree in economics and sociology in 1940 and master's degree in 1942, both from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. After graduation, she served as assistant director of research for the War Manpower Commission of Connecticut.
Grasso served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1953 to 1957. She was the first women to be elected floor leader of the House in 1955. In 1958, she was elected Connecticut's secretary of state and served in that office until 1971. She was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for Connecticut's 6th District and served until her election as governor in 1975.
In 1980, Grasso was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and resigned from office. She died on February 5, 1981.
For more information on Grasso's policy subject areas, committee appointments and sponsored/co-sponsored legislation during her time in the U.S. House of Representatives, please visit her profile on https://www.congress.gov.