Jane Swift

Born:February 24, 1965 (age 55)
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 to 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, the youngest woman to be elected to that body. She held this position from 1991 to 1997. In 1996, she was the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in Massachusetts' 1st congressional district but lost in the general election. She then served as an executive with the Massachusetts Port Authority, and was appointed Massachusetts' consumer affairs secretary, serving in that position until she her election as lieutenant governor of in 1998. During that election, Swift was pregnant with her first child and gave birth a few weeks before Election Day. 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.

Since leaving elected office, Swift has worked in the private sector as a consultant, held positions on corporate and non-profit boards, and supported women and leadership through lectures and philanthropies.