Jane Swift

Born:February 24, 1965 (age 56)
Career:Governor of Massachusetts, 2001-2003
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, 1999-2003
Secretary of Consumer Affairs of Massachusetts, 1997-1998
Member of Massachusetts Senate, 1991-1997
Education:B.A., Trinity College

Jane Swift was the acting governor of Massachusetts from 2001-2003. She is the youngest female governor or acting governor in U.S. history.

Swift was born in North Adams, Massachusetts, on February 24, 1965. In 1987, she graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, with a bachelor's degree in American studies.

Swift began her political career at age 25 when she was elected to the Massachusetts Senate, serving from 1991-1997. In 1996, she was the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in Massachusetts' 1st congressional district but lost in the general election. She was appointed Massachusetts' consumer affairs secretary in 1997, serving in that position until she her election as lieutenant governor in 1998. She became acting governor in April 2001 when Governor Paul Cellucci was appointed U.S. ambassador to Canada by President George W. Bush. She was pregnant with twins and became the first sitting governor in U.S. history to give birth. She ran for re-election in 2002 but was defeated by Mitt Romney in the Republican primary.


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