Kay A. Orr

Born:January 2, 1939 (age 85)
Career:Governor of Nebraska, 1987-1991
State treasurer of Nebraska, 1981-1987

Kay A. Orr served as governor of Nebraska from 1987-1991, Nebraska's first female governor and the first female Republican governor.

Orr was born in Burlington, Iowa, on January 2, 1939.

She began her political career as a volunteer for the Republican Party after moving to Nebraska, in 1963, and was elected as a delegate to the national conventions of 1976, 1980, 1984 and 1988. In 1981, she was appointed Nebraska state treasurer to fill a midterm vacancy and served until 1987, when she assumed office as governor. She was defeated in her re-election bid in 1990.


National Governors Association. (n.d.). Gov. Kay A. Orr. Retrieved on June 3, 2020, from https://www.nga.org/governor/kay-a-orr/.