|Lived:||December 15, 1942—August 18, 2019 (aged 76)|
|Career:||Governor of Louisiana, 2004-2008|
Lieutenant governor of Louisiana, 1996-2004
Louisiana Public Service Commission, 1989-1996
Louisiana House of Representatives, 1984-1989
|Education:||B.S., University of Louisiana-Lafayette|
Kathleen Babineaux Blanco served as the first female governor of Louisiana from 2004 to 2008.
Blanco was born on December 15, 1942, in New Iberia, Louisiana. She received her bachelor's degree in business education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1964, after which she taught high school business for a year before becoming a stay-at-home mother. In 1982, she and her husband started Coteau Consultants, a political and marketing research firm. Blanco also worked as a district manager for the US Department of Commerce .
Before being elected governor, Blanco served as lieutenant governor from 1996 to 2004, as a member of the Louisiana Public Service Commission from 1989 to 1996, and in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1984 to 1989.
Blanco died on August 18, 2019.
Louisiana Secretary of State. (n.d.). Kathleen Babineaux Blanco 2004-2008. Retrieved on May 19, 2020, from https://www.sos.la.gov/HistoricalResources/AboutLouisiana/LouisianaGovernors1877-Present/Pages/KathleenBabineauxBlanco.aspx.
National Governors Association. (n.d.). Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. Retrieved on May 19, 2020, from https://www.nga.org/governor/kathleen-babineaux-blanco/.
Vote Smart. (n.d.). Kathleen Blanco's Biography. Retrieved on May 19, 2020, from https://justfacts.votesmart.org/candidate/biography/1684/kathleen-blanco.