|Lived:||December 15, 1942—August 18, 2019 (aged 76)|
|Career:||Governor of Louisiana, 2004-2008|
Lieutenant governor of Louisiana, 1996-2004
|Education:||B.S., University of Louisiana-Lafayette|
Kathleen Babineaux Blanco served as the first female governor of Louisiana from 2004 to 2008. In 2005, hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the Gulf Coast just one month apart, devastating the city of New Orleans and other coastal areas.
Blanco was born on December 15, 1942, in New Iberia, Louisiana. She received her bachelor of science in business education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1964, after which she taught high school business.
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. Previous to holding elective office, Blanco owned a political and marketing research firm with her husband.
Blanco died on August 18, 2019.