Ruth A Minner

Born:January 17, 1935 (age 85)
Career:Governor of Delaware, 2001-2009
Lieutenant governor of Delaware, 1993-2001
Delaware State Senate, 1982-1993
Delaware State House of Representatives, 1974-1982
Education:Delaware Technical and Community College

Ruth A. Minner was Delaware's first female governor, elected in 2000. She was also the first woman elected as Delaware's lieutenant governor in 1993.

Minner was born January 17, 1935, in Slaughter Neck, Delaware. Following the death of her first husband, she earned her GED in 1968 and attended Delaware Technical and Community College. During this time, she worked two jobs to support her family, including three children.

Prior to serving as governor, Minner served in the Delaware state House of Representatives (1974-1982) and the Delaware state Senate (1982-1993). She served as Delaware's lieutenant governor from January 1993 until January 2001. When Governor Thomas R. Carper resigned from office to become Delaware's United States senator, she was elected governor of Delaware in 2000 and re-elected for a second term in 2004. She served as the first female president of the Council of State Government in 2005.