Nancy Hollister

Born:May 22, 1949 (age 75)
Career:Ohio State Board of Education, 2016-present
Ohio House of Representatives, 1999-2004
Governor of Ohio, 1998-1999
Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, 1995-1998
Education:B.A., Kent State University

Nancy Hollister served as governor of Ohio from December 1998 to January 1999, the first and only female governor of Ohio.

Hollister was born on May 22, 1949, in Marietta, Ohio. She received a bachelor's degree from Kent State University.

Hollister first entered served in public office as a member of the Marietta City Council in 1980, and was elected mayor in 1984, serving until 1991, when she was appointed as the director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia. She served as lieutenant governor from 1995-1998, then served briefly as governor after the Governor Voinovich resigned to become a U.S. senator. Hollister was governor for only 11 days, after which the winner of the special election from the past November took office. In 1999, Hollister was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives, where she served until 2005. In May 2016, Hollister was appointed to the Ohio State Board of Education by Gov. John Kasich to fill a vacancy, then was elected to and served a full two-term.


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