Female Governors 2000-2005

Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership


This is a list of female governors and similar leaders of both federal territories and unitarian states. This means that some of the governors listed are the actual leaders of the states, others are official representatives of the central power with no executive roles.

2000-06 Lieutenant Governor Dr. Lynda M. Haverstock, Saskatchewan (Canada)

A clinical psychologist and a educator, she has taught university in both Saskatchewan and New Brunswick.  1989-96 Leader of the Liberal Party, as the first female  party leader in the province. She and her husband, Harley Olsen, have four children and three grandchildren. (b. 1942-).

2000-06 Lieutenant Governor Myra Freeman, Nova Scotia (Canada)
Active in Jewish and secular community work. (b. 1949-).

2000-05 Commissioner Glenna F. Hansen, North West Territories (Canada)

An Inuvialuit and joined David Storr and Sons Contracting Ltd., Inuvik, NWT, in 1990 as an executive assistant and rose to become the firm's general manager in 1996, a position she currently occupies. She has also been  active in community affairs in Inuvik. She is widowed and mother of four children. (b. 1956-).

2000-04 and 2016 Governor Laura I. Ierago  Miles, Sonsorol State (Palau)
First time she was in office, her name was Laura Ierago and second time Laura Miles.

2000-08  and 2012- Governor Yelitza del Jesús Santaella Hernandez, Delta Amacuro (Venezuela)
Yelitza Santaella was Vice-Governor 1998-2000 and acting governor in 2000 before standing for election.

2000-08 Governor Antonia Muñoz, Portugesa (Venezuela)

2000-01 Intendent Josefina Bilbao Mendoza, Region V de Valparadíso (Chile)

1994-2000 Minister of Women's Affairs. Region V 
also includes the external territory of Easter Island. (b. 1936-).

2000-02 Intendent Nelda Panicucci Bianchi, Region XII  de Magallanes  (Chile)

Former Ministerial Director. The Region XII includes the external territory of Antártica Chilena. (b. 1951-).

2000-01 Intendent Silvia Moreno Gonzáles, Region XI  de General Carlos Ibañez Del Campo (Chile)
Resigned as Regional Intendent and run for Senator.

2000-02 Intendent Berta Belmar Ruiz, Region IX de Araucanía (Chile)
Subsecretary of Housing and Urban Development 1994-2000. 

2000- Governor Elsa Gladis Cifuentes Aranzazu, Risaralda (Colombia)
Former Presidential Advisor of Women's Affairs, and appointed a cabinet with more women members than men.

2000-03 Governor Nancy de Guadalupe Hernández Suárez, Vaupés (Colombia)

2000 Governor Luz Amalia Amado Montoya, Norte de Santander (Colombia)

2000-? Governor Elsa Alejandria Lozano, Picsi (Perú)
Later candidate for the Congress.(b. 1970-)

2000-05 Governor Nelly Salinas, Pastanza (Ecuador)

2000-before 2004 Governor Blanca Lidia Ávalos de Angulo, San Vicente (El Salvador)

2000-09 Governor Carmen Elena Sagrera de Lemus, La Libertad  (El Salvador)

Circa 2000-circa 2007 Governor Arelys Giron, Cornayagua (Honduras)

2000-02 Governor Patricia Quinto de Girón, Izabal (Guatemala)
She resigned

2000-01 Governor Maria Elisa López Ixtabalán, Quetzaltenango (Guatemala)
The first female governor from the indigenous Maya people.

2000-01 Governor Lucrecia Marroquín Godoy de Palomo, Department of Guatemala (Guatemala) 

Resigned because of her involvement in a financial scandal.

2000-01 Governor Carmen Judith Morán, Baja Verapaz (Guatemala)

Until 2000 Governor Marta Eugenia Medrano López, Quiché (Guatemala)

2000-04 Governor Miriam de la Rosa, San Cristóbal (Dominican Republic)

2000-04 Governor Gilma del Rosario Beras Bodilla de Jacobo, El Seybo (Dominican Republic)
Known as Rosario Beras de Jacobo.

2000-04 Governor Miríam Guzmán de Tejada, Salcedo (Dominican Republic)

2000-04 Governor Bairma Morales, Hato Mayor (Dominican Republic)

2000-04 Governor Magdalena Matos Santana, Independecia (Dominican Republic)

2000-04 Governor Finetta Camilo Fernández, Duarte (Dominican Republic)

2000-04 Governor Amanda Manzueta, Samaná (Dominican Republic)

2000-04 Governor Dorila Baitistá, Elías Piña (Dominican Republic)

2000-04 Governor Altagracia Sánchez, Sánchez Ramírez (Dominican Republic)

2000-04 Governor Juana del Socorro Pérez y Pérez, Pedernales,  (Dominican Republic)

2000-03  Governor Oppah Chamu Zulpange Rushesha Muchinguri, Manicaland (Zimbabwe)

1980-81 Private Secretary to the President, 1989-93 Deputy Minister of State for External Affairs, 1993-97 Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, From  1994 Deputy Secretary General of the Government Party (KANU) and later Party Secretary of Education and Deputy Secretary of Women's Affairs. 1997-2000 Minister of State in the President’s Office. (b. 1958-).

2000-03 Governor Gertrude Kitembo, Maniema (Congo-Kinhasa)
Head of the province in rebellion in the civil-war torn country, but in 2003 she joined the government as Minister of Post, Telephones and Telecommunications (b. 1958-).

2000-09 Governor Fusae Ota, Osaka Prefecture (Japan)
1995-95 Vice-Governor of Okayama and a high ranking official in the Ministry of External Trade and Energy.

2000-09 Governor Yoshiko Shotari, Kumato (Kyushu) Prefecture (Japan)

Vice-governor 1999-2000 and desided to run for governor when her predecessor died. (b. 1939-).

2000-02  Governor Dr. Chang Po-ya,  Province of  Taiwan (Taiwan)

Medical Professor, Mayor of Chiayi City 1983-89, 1997-2000 and 1990-97 Minister of Health  2000-02 also Minister of the Interior (b. 1942-).

2000-05 Governor Virginija Lukošienė, Klaipeda (Lithuania)

(b. 1954)

2000-01 Regional Governor Lilyana Hranova-Petkova, Gabrova (Bulgaria)

Until her appointment, she was Chief Secretary of the Regional Administration.

2000 and 2002-04 Acting Fylkesmann Vilgunn Gregusson, Troms (Norway)
As Assistant Fylkesmann since 1990, she was first acting for a few months after the Fylkesmann resigned and from 2002 as long as the Fylkesmann, Svein Ludvigsen, was Minister of Fisheries. (b. 1937-)

2000-02 Prefect Maria Fiorella Scandura, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola 
Until 2007 Prefect of Pisa
2007- Prefect of Siracusa (Italy)

Named Vice-Prefect in 1999.

2000-02 Government-Delegate Carmen Mas Rubio, Valencia (Spain)
A former lawyer and member of the Parliament in Valencia 1995-99. She vas Councillor of Social Welfare 1999-2000. (b. 1954-).

2000-04 Government-Delegate Mercedes Fernández González (Cherines), Principado de Asturias (Spain)

MP for the Popular Party for Asturias 1993-2000 and from 2011, President of Partido Popular in Asturias since 2012 and Candidate for the post of Government President, but her party finished third. (b. 1960-).

2000-04 Prefect Rajmonda Stefa, Fier (Albania)
From 2005 Secretary of the National Assembly.

2000-? Governor Rahmat-Ruhani Sarvestani, Sarvestan (Iran)

Sarvestan is a district near Shiraz, the capital of the Southern Province of Fars.

2000-08  Lord-Lieutenant Phyllida Stewart-Roberts, East Sussex (including the unitary authorities of Brighton and Hove) (United Kingdom)
Vice-Lord-Lieutenant of the County 1996-2000. (1934-).

2000-09 Lord-Lieutenant Lady Romaine Carswell of the County Borough of Belfast (United Kingdom and Northern Ireland)
Former Deputy  Lord-Lieutenant and wife of the Lord Chief Justice for Northern Ireland, Lord Carswell.

2000-04 Prefect Chantal Jourdan, Lot (France)
2004-07 Prefect of l'Aveyron

Sous-Prefect of Val-de-Marne 1998-2001 (b. 1945-).

2000-02 Prefect Anne Boquet, Indre (France)
2008-13 Prefect of Y

1989-90 Sous-Prefet of Loir-et-Cher, 1993-96 Secretary General of Polynésie Française (Deputy High Commissioner), 1996-2000 Sous-prefect of Oise. Also civil servant in various ministries, latest as Director in the Ministry of Overseas Affairs and  then High Commissioner to French Polynesia 2005-08. (b. 1952-).

2000 District Administrator Sue Ingram, Aileu-Ermera, Timor Leste
Privously worked in the Australian civil service and UN, she was appointed by the UN administration until the local civil servants took over the administration themselves, and now works in the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands

2000-02 District Administrator Maria Paixão de Jesus da Costa, Aileu-Ermera,  Timor Leste
Her deputy was Ginette Dupart. MP from 2002. (b. 1960-).

2000-10 Gezahebber Lizanne M. Richards-Dindial, Curaçau (Nederlandse Antillen)
A lawyer she was Director of Public Revenues of in the island 1994-2001. In 2010 Curaçau became a land within the Kingdom of the Netherlands (with a male Governor). After her divorce she was known as Lizanne Dindial.(b. 1957-)-

2000-05 Regional Governor Rustriningsih Msi, Kebume (Indonesia)
One of 5 female of 400 regional governors (Bupati), Deputy Governor of Jawa Tengah (Central Java) from 2008. (b. 1967-).

2001-05 Governor Judy Martz,  Montana (USA)
Worked for several senators and operated a business together with her husband before becoming Lt. Governor 1996-2000. She did not seek reelection. (b. 1943-).

2001-10 Governor Ruth Ann Minner, Delaware (USA)
1974-82 member of the State House of Representatives and some time Majority Whip, 1982-92 State Senator and Lt. Governor and Senate President 1993-2000. Reelected in 2004. (b. 1935-).

2001-03 Governor Jane Swift, Massachusetts  (USA)
State Senator 1991-96, 1996 Assistant Majority Leader (R), 1997-98 Director of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations. Lt. Governor 1998-2001 until her predecessor was appointed ambassador. She made headlines as she was pregnant in 1998 and a month after becoming governor she gave birth to twin girls. She did not seek reelection. (b. 1965-).

2001-14 Governor Dr. Marie Bashir, New South Wales (Australia) 
The first person from a Lebanese background to become governor of an Australian state. Married to a former Lord Mayor of Sydney, Sir. Nicolas Shehadie (Therefore also known as Lady Shehadie) and active in aboriginal and immigrant community affairs and a physician at a hospital in Sydney. As the most senior of the Governors, she held the position of Administrator many times since 2007. (b. 1930-).

2001-07 Governor Marjorie Jackson-Nelson, South Australia, (Australia) 
The world's fastest woman in the early 1950s and won  the 100m and 200m sprints at the 1952 Olympics, becoming the  first Australian female runner to win Olympic gold. Raised in Lithgow and dubbed the Lithgow Flash. Member of a number of committees in trough the years. (b. 1932-).

2001-07 Lieutenant Governor Iona Campagnlo,  British Columbia (Canada)

MP 1974-79 and 1974-76 Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and 1976-79 Minister of State (Fitness and Amateur Sport) 1983-91 President of the Liberal Party of Canada. (b. 1932-)-

2001-07 Zupan Vlasta Hubicki, the Krapina-Zagorje County  (Croatia)

Until 2001 Governor Margoth Cardozo, Palmasola (Bolivia)

Before 2001 Three times Acting Governor Aracely Morales López, Cartagena (Colombia)
Member of the cabinets of several states. 2001-03 Minister of Culture.

Circa 2001-03 Governor Esperanza Andrade de Osso, Guainía, (Colombia)

2001-circa 2003 Governor Ana Francisca Sabina de Monserrat España Gómez, Department of Guatemala (Guatemala)
Normally known as Ana Francisca España Gómez she was previously engaged in human rights organizations.

2001-04 Governor Dora Otilia Alcahé de Lange, Quetzaltenango (Guatemala)
Appointed to replace María Elisa Ixtabal, who was removed by the President.

2001-06 Governor Milvia Clemencia Romero de Donis, Santa Rosa (Guatemala)
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2001-04 Governor Vidalia Dineth Dubón Gomez de Mejía, Baja Verapaz (Guatemala)


2001-04 Governor Maria Magdalena Hidalgo Marroquin, Retalhuleu (Guatemala)
Later she was elected mayor of the City of Retalhuleu.

2001-03 Governor Maria Alicia Lemme, Provincia de San Luis (Argentina)
Vice-Governor and President of the Provincial Cámara de Senadores since 1999 and became  governor ever the day after after her predecessor, Adolfo Rodrìguez Saá, became Interim President of Argentina at the 23rd December only to resign at the 30th. She appointed a cabinet with 7 female and 2 male ministers. 

2001-? Governor and Sub-prefect Maria Rosa Anaya Torres, Trujillo (Peru)
The governor is in charge of the civil administration - the Prefect is head of military and police of a larger district.

2001-09 Governor Akiko Domoto, Chiba (Japan)
Member of the House of Councillors 1989-2000, 1997-99 Chairperson of the Diet Group of the New Party Sakigake and stood as an independent candidate. (b. 1932-)-

2001-10  Governor Teresita "Ningning" S. Lazaro, Laguna (Philippines) 
Vice-Mayor of Calamba 1988-92, elected to the State Board (Government) in 1992 and was elected as vice-governor 1992 after her predecessor became acting governor. She became acting governor in January when her predecessor was appointed to the cabinet, and in May 2001 she was elected to the post. 

2001-10 and 2013- Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes, South Cotabalo (Philippines) 
MP 1991-2001 and 1997-2001 Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives. (b. 1957-)-

2001- 07 Governor Maria Elena Palma-Gil, Davao Oriental (Philippines) 
Former Member of the House of Representatives. Lost her bid for re-election to her cousin, Corazon T. Nunez-Malanyaon. (b. 1946-)

2001-10 Governor Sally Perez-Zaldivar, Antique (Philippines) 

Salvacion Perez was Undersecretary of the Presidency for Liaison with the Senate 1997-2001. (b. 1937-)-

2001-10 Governor Milagros Tan, Western Samar  (Philippines) 

Former manager of a private company. Her successor is her daughter Sharee Ann T. Tan.

2001-10 Governor Aurora E. Cerilles, Zamboanga del Sur (Philippines) 
Former member of the Congress from the State. (b. 1949-).

2001-04 and 2013- Governor Rebecca A. Yñares, Rizal (Philippines) 
Nini's husband is former Governor of the Province and she has been a business executive until she joined politics in 2001. Her Vice-Governor is Jovita C. Rodriguez

2001-04 Governor Clothilde Japzon Salazar, Eastern Samar (Philippines) 
Member of the Provincial Board 1988-2001. (b. 1932-)-

2001-04 Governor Ramoncita P. Ong, Aurora (Philippines) 
Former member of the Congress from the State. Her vice-governor is Anabelle C. Tangson. Married to former governor Edgardo Ong (b. 1955-).

2001-14 Fylkesmann Kristen Hille Valla, Oppland (Norway)
Deputy Leader of Senterpartiet 1987-91, 1989-90 Minister of Environmental Protection. (b. 1944-).

2001-12 Governor Laura McLeod, Omaheke Region
2012- Governor of the Khomas Region  (Namibia)
Elected Deputy Secretary General of SWAPO in 2012.

2001-02 Acting Landshövding Uno Svaleryd, Jämtland (Sweden)
Councillor in the County Adminsitration.

2001-02 and 2006-07 Acting Landshövding Inger Eriksson, Dalarna (Sweden)
She is Lantråd, Deputy Governor, and acted from Gunnar Björk resigned until Ingrid Dahlberg took office 6 month's later and again from December-May when Maria Norrfalk replaced Dahlberg.

2001 Acting District Governor Yulia Kuzmanova Yaneva, Burgas (Bulgaria)
A former MP she was Deputy District Governor 2001.

2001-07 Statsamtmand Vibeke Larsen, County of Vestsjælland (Denmark)
2005-07 Acting Statsamtmand of the County of Storstrøm
2005- Acting Stiftamtmand of the Diocese of Lolland-Falster
2006-10 Director of the State Administration for the Region of Sealand (Statsforvaltningen Sjælland)
2007-10 Stiftamtmand of the Diocese of Roskilde
1995-2001 High Commissioner of the Danish External Territory the Faero Islands, and before that she was Assistant Secretary in a Local Government in Denmark. 2005 she was appointed to handle the transfer from the various Statsamts in Sealand to new State Administration of Sealand (Statsforvaltning Sjælland). (b. 1944-).

2001-02 and 2005-11 Civil Governor Maria Alzira de Lima Rodrigues Serrasqueiro, Castelo Branco (Portugal)
Alzira Serrasqueiro is former Secretary of Health of the Socialist Party.

2001-06 Prefect Aloysia Inyumba, Kigali-Ngali (Rwanda)
1994-99 Minister of Family and Women's Affairs, Circa 1998-99 Minister of Social Affairs, 1999-2001 Secretary general of the Unity and Reconciliation Commission.

2001-04 Prefect Anka Gogic-Mitic, District of Branicevo (Serbia in Yugoslavia)

2001-04 Prefect Jelena Radakovic, District of Srednji Banat (Vojvodina in Yugoslavia)
Former manager of  an opposition newspapers in the town of Zrenjanin, the capital of the district. Srednji Banat means Central Banat in Serbian.

2001-? Prefect Zorica Đerić-Stojčić of the District of Bor (Serbia)

2001-11 Lord-Lieutenant Sheena Cruickshank, Area of Clackmannanshire (United Kingdom)
Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of the area 1998-2001. Involved with local branches of national charities trough many years. (b. 1935-)-

2001-  Lord-Lieutenant Georgiana Osborne, Area of Angus (United Kingdom)
Active locally for national charities, currently as President of the Tayside Branch. (b. 1945 in New Zealand).

Circa 2001- Sýslumaður Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir, Ísafirði (Iceland)
Both Chief of Police and Government Representative of the area.

Before 2001 District Commissioner Loreen Malco, Salt Cay (Turks and Caicos Islands)
Followed Patricia Simons on the post by and was succeded by Lydia Ewing sometime before 2001.

From circa 2001- District Commissioner Lydia Ewing, Salt Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands
Succeeded Loreen Malcom sometime before 2001.

Circa 2001- District Commissioner Evelyn Malcom, South Caicos (Turks and Caicos Islands)
Turk and Caicos Islands is a British Dependency in the Caribbean.

2002-10 Governor Linda Lingle, Hawaii (USA)

Member of Maui County Council, 1981-90 and its mayor 1991-98. Former Chairperson of the State Republican Party and Candidate for Governor in 1998. She defeated the Lt. Governor since 1995, Maize K. Hirono, in November and took office in December, who in 2013 defeated her for the post of US Senator for Hawaii. (b. 1953). 

2002-04 Governor Mercedes Marina Aragonés de Juárez, Santiago del Estero (Argentina)
Nina Aragonés was elected Vice-Governor in September 2002 as the running mate of her husband, Carlos Juárez (1918-) in September. He was elected governor in 1949, 1973, 1983, 1995, 1999 and 2002. In December she took over as governor, and appointed him Minister of Economy. In April 2004 she was suspended when they were both arrested over allegations of corruption, abuses of power and murder. (b. circa 1930-).

2002 Governor Benedita Souza da Silva Sampaio, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Benedita da Silva was the first female  black Federal Senator before becoming Vice-Governor of the state in 1996. In 2002 she came second with 24% of the wote against Rosinha Matheus, who won 51%. In January 2003 she became Federal Minister of Social Assistance. (b. 1942-)

2002 Governor Maria Dalva de Souza Figueiredo, Amapá (Brazil)
Dalva de Souza Figueiredo was Vice-Governor  1996-2002. (b. 1962-).

2002-circa 2004 Intendent Nelda Rivera Barriento, Region XI de General Carlos Ibañez Del Campo (Chile)
2000-02 Provincial Governor of Puerto Aysen. (b. 1962-)-

2002-04 Intendent Yasna Provoste Campillay , Region III de Atacama (Chile)
2000-02 Provincial Governor of Huasco, from 2004 Minister of Planning and Cooperation. (b. 1970-).

2002-04 Governor María del Carmen Fajardo de León, Izabal (Guatemala)

2002-10 Governor Soraya Reyes, Valle (Honduras)

2002-06 Governor Ilsa Díaz Zelaya, Cortés  (Honduras)
A former MP, she was President of the Parlamento Centroamericano 1992-93.

2002-04 Governor Ginette Bournigal de Jimménez Messón, Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic)
Secretary of the Senate 2000-02

2002-04 Governor Francia González de González, Peravia (Domenican Republic)
Professor in various educational institutions.

2002-06 Floribeth Medina Zamora, Puntarenas (Costa Rica)
Flory Medina Zamora has been an MP since 2006. She is Vice-President of the Movimiento Libertario

2002-06 Governor Yeni de Cedeño, Herrera (Panama)
Former Vice-Governor

2002-03 Civil Governor  Teresa Figueiredo de Vasconcelos Caeiro, Lisboa (Portugal)
Former member of the Municipal Council and the second female governor of Portugal's capital, Lisbon. Secretary of State of Social Affairs 2003-04 and 2004-05 of Culture. (b. 1969-)

2002-05 Civil Governor Maria das Mercês Gomes Borges da Silva Soares, Setúbal (Portugal)
Normally known as Maria das Mercês Borges

2002-09 Prefect Fofi Yennimata, Athens-Piraeus (Greece)
PASPK MP from 2000 she was elected Regional Governor of the Greater Athens Area, though with limited powers. She was Deputy Minister of Health and Social Solidarity 2009-10, Alternate Minister of Education 2010-12and became
Alternate Minister of Defence in 2013.

2002-03 Prefect Giuseppina di Rosa, Grosetto (Italy)
2003- Prefect of Siena
Vice-President from 1989 and Prefetto della Repubblica (without charge) from 1996.

2002 Acting Prefect Ana Lackoic-Fodor, North Bracka (Serbia, Yugoslavia)
(b. 1955-).

2002-08 Landshövding Ingegerd Wärnersson, Blekinge (Sweden)
Minister of Schools 1999-2002. (b. 1947-)

2002-08 Landshövding Ingrid Dahlberg, Dalarnas Län (Sweden)
Former Journalist, Director of TV Fiction at the National Television, Managing Director of the theater Dramaten. (b. 1941-).

2002-08  Landshövding Maggi Mikaelsson, Jämtland (Sweden)
MP for the Leftwing Party 1988-91 and 1994-2002. (b. 1946-).

2002-03 Acting Landshövding Monica Robin Svensson, Gävleborg (Sweden)
Councillor in the County Council. (b. 1938-).

2002-03 Government Delegate María Encarnación Naharro de Mora, Castilla-La Mancha (Spain)
Provincial Subdelegate in charge of the Province of Llbacete 2000-02.

2002- Lord-Lieutenant Clare Macpherson-Grant Russell, The Area of Banffshire (United Kingdom)
The Laird of Ballindalloch Castle in Scotland, which her family have owned since the early 18th century, she became Deputy Lieutenant for Banffshire in 1991 and was appointed the Vice  Lord-Lieutenant in 1998. Also the author of cookery books. (b. 1944-).

2002-  Lord-Lieutenant Isobel Gunning Brydie, West Lothian (United Kingdom)
Conservative Councillor in West Lothian 1992-96 and Chair of the local National Health Trust 1997-99. (b. 1944-).

' 2002-  Lord-Lieutenant Kate Thomas, Mid Glamorgan (United Kingdom)
Kathrin Thomas was Chairperson of Mid Glamorgan Health Authority and  latterly Bro Taf Health Authority 1987-99.  Later she was High Sheriff and Vice  Lord-Lieutenant for Mid Glamorgan up to her appointment. (b. 1944-).

2002-05 Sýslumaður Anna Birna Þráinsdóttir, Búðardal
2005-Sýslumaður of Vík (Iceland)
Deputy Government Reprentative and Deputy Chief of Police of Hvolsvöllur until 2002. (b. 1967-)

Circa 2002- Sýslumaður Ástríður Sólrún Grímsdóttir, Ólafsfirði (Iceland)
Both Chief of Police and Government Representative of the area.

2002-2003 Regional UNMIK Administrator Margarite Roy, District of Pec (Kosova)
Regional Administrator for the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo. 1999-2002 she was the regional administrator for the U.N. Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo  and later Head of office for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

2003-07 Governor Rosangela Rosinha Garotinho Barros Assed Matheus de Oliveira, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Either known as Rosinha Garotinho or Rosinha Matheus, and she is married to Anthony Garotinho, socialist Presidential candidate in 2002. Did not run for reelection. (b. 1963-)-

2003-10 Governor Wilma Maria de Faria, Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil)
A former mayor. (b. 1945-)-

2003-13 Governor Hj Rina Iriani Ratnaningsih, Karanganyar (Indonesia)

One of the 400 regional governors, her regency is in the Province of East Java.

2003-09 Governor Kathleen Sebelius, Kansas (USA)
Insurance Commissioner of the State 1994-2002, Secretary of Health and Human Services in the federal cabinet 2009-14. Daughter of former governor of Ohio, John Gilligan (b. 1948-)-

2003-10 Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, Michigan (USA)
Attorney-General 1998-2002. Born in Canada (b. 1959-).

2003-09 Governor Janet Napolitano, Arizona (USA)
Attorney-General 1998-2002. The third female governor of the state, and the first to succeed another woman.  Secretary of Homeland Security 2009-13. (b. 1957-).

2003-05 Governor Olene Smith Walker, Utha (USA)
Eight years in Utah Legislature, including serving as majority whip. Director of Utah Division of Economic and Community Development. Lt. Governor 1993-2003 and took over the post of governor when her predecessor became member of the Federal Government on 5 november. She lost the Republican Primary and did therefore not seek reelection. She was mother of seven children, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Lived (1939-2015)

2003-05 Governor Susanie Davis Bryan, Departamento Archipiélago de San Andrés, Providencia y St. Catalin (Colombia)
Public administrator.

2003-06 Governor Ernestina Cury Tejada, Coclé (Panama)
Vice-Governor 2002-03.

2003-06 Governor Olga Ríos, Veraguas (Panama)
Former University Lecturer and Deputy Member of the Parliament

2003- Governor Harumi Takahashi, Hokkaido (Japan)
Head of the Hokkaido Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry 2001-02. The Prefecture has got a population of 5,6 million people.

2003-11 Governor Valentina Ivanovna Matviyenko, Saint Petersburg (Russia )
First secretary of the Communist Committee of the Krasnogvardeiski District in Leningrad 1984-86 and then Deputy Chairperson  the Leningrad Council of the People's Deputies, Ambassador, 1991-95 and 1997-98 before becoming Vice-Premier until 2003 when she became Representative of the President North-West Russia federal district. Chairperson of the Federation Council from 2011.
(b. 1949-).

2003-08 Governor Dr Quentin Bryce, Queensland (Australia)
Former lawyer, academic and human rights advocate, Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner, founding chair and Chief Executive Officer of the National Childcare Accreditation Council and Governor-General of Australia from 2008. (b. 1942-)

2003 Acting Administrator Pat Miller, Northern Territory (Australia) (October-November)
Aboriginal leader through many ears, she was appointed Deputy to the Administrator in 2002.

Until 2003 Governor Matilde Krauer de Riveros, Department of Boquerón (Paraguay)

2003-08 Governor Prof. Mirta Ramona Mendoza Díaz, Department of Concepción (Paraguay)

2003-05 Governor Rosa Cabezas Ortiz, Esmeraldas (Ecuador)

2003-05 Governor Alexandra Cedeño Martínez, Galápagos (Ecuador)

2003-05 Governor Tokon Asanovna Shailieva, Issyk-Kul  (Kyrgyzstan)
Chairperson of Women's Democratic Party 1994-2003 and New Force Party since 2003. Before 2003 she was Head of the Pervomaisky District Administration in Bishke

2003-13 Prefect Clotilde Namboï, Ombella-M'Poko (Central African Republic)
2013-14 Prefect of Ouham

2003-09 Governor Angelina Masuku, Matabeleland South (Zimbabwe)
Also held the position of Resident Minister and Member of the National Cabinet. Member of Parliament for Luveve constituency 1990-2000. Also a member of the Zanu PF Politburo as Secretary for the Disabled and Disadvantaged.

Circa 2003-04 Governor Enebay Geldiyevna Atayeva, The Ahal Region (Turkmenistan)
Minister of Social Affairs and Labour 2001 and 2001-04 Minister of Economy and Finance, 2002-04 Deputy Premier Minister responsible for the Banking Sector, Costums and Imports. Before 2001 and from  2004 Head of the central Council of Trade Unions and Head of the Women's Association and Minister of Culture, TV and Radio Broadcast from 2006. Her name is also transcribed as Ataeva Enebay Gelgievna

2003-09 Regional Governor Maria Neykova, Stara Zagora (Bulgaria)

2003-04 Landshövding Kerstin Wallin, Värmlands Län (Sweden)
Former Mayor of Bräcke and Vice-Chairperson of the Association of Municipalities. (b. 1945-).

2003-09 Commissioner of the Queen Hanja Maij-Weggen, Noord-Brabant (The Netherlands)
Vice-Chairperson of the Christian Democratic Group of the European Parliament 1984-89, Minister of Transport, Water Management and Public Works 1989-94 and Co-leader of CDA, Christelijk Democraat Appel 1994-95. (b. 1943-).

2003-04 Acting Governor Eha Pärn, Tartu (Estonia)
2004-05 Governor
In Estonia, there is no regional self-government on county level. The County Governments (Estonian: Maavalitsus) are led by County Governors, who are appointed by the National Government.

2003-06 Governor Daisy Antonieta Bin Có de Izul, San Marcos (Guatemala)

2003-06 Governor Irma Graciela Basegoda García de Castillo, Alta Verapaz (Guatemala)
Worked as a dentist prior to her appointment.

2003 Acting Fylkesmann Lise Beret Sandereid, Østfold (Norway)
Acting until Enger Lahnstein took over the post. She is Assistant Fylkesmann.

2003-15 Fylkesman Anne Enger Lahnstein, Østfold Fylke (Norway)
Between 1980-85 Leader of the Group Secretariat, 1983-91 Deputy Leader, 1989- 91 Parliamentary Leader, 1991-99 Leader of Senterpartiet, The Center Party. 1997-99 1. Deputy to the Prime Minister and Minister of Culture . From 1999 Vice-Chairperson of the Defence Committee of Stortinget  (b. 1950-)

2003-06 Voivode Elżbieta  Rutkowska, Opolski  (Poland)
Member of the Sejm 1980-89 and 2001-03 Vice-voivode. (b. 1948-).

2003-06 Prefect Nicoletta Frediani, Lodi (Italy)
2006- Prefect of Savona
ntil 2003 she was Vice-Prefect of Genova.

2003-  Lord-Lieutenant Lady Gretton, Leicestershire  (United Kingdom)
Dame Jennifer Gretton, Dowager Baroness Gretton has been involved in various community affairs organisations and from 2001 Deputy Lord-Lieutnant of the County. Jenny Gretton has been running the Stapleford Estate since the death of her husband, Lord Gretton, in 1989. (b. 1943-).

2003-07 Lord-Lieutenant and Lord Provost The Rt. Hon. Liz Cameron, Glasgow  (United Kingdom)
In Scotland the Lord Mayor is named Lord Provost and in a number of cities also acts as the Queen's Represenative. She became Member of Glasgow District Council in 1992 and from 2003 member of the new City Council.

2003-07 Lord-Lieutenant and Lord Provost Lesley Hinds, Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Member of the Edinburgh District Council in 1984 and later leader of the district council. From 1996 member of the new City of Edinburgh unitary authority.

2003-04 Government Delegate Susana Bouis Gutiérrez, Catalunya (Spain)
A former civil servant, she was Subdelegate of Cataluña 2002-03, before she was appointed to succeed ulia García-Valdecasas Salgado, who became Minister of Public Administration. (b. 1967-).

2003-? Prefect Mudira Abu Bakr of the Dukan Region (Iraq)
The region is situated in the in northern Suleimaniyah Province in the part of Kurdistan which is controlled by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.

2003-? District Chief Executive Kate Aku Aglah, South Tongu District (Ghana)
The first female DCE in Ghana. The South Tongu District is in the Volta Region.

Until 2003 Governor Lesbia de Martinez, Darién (Panamá)
Resigned to run for an elective office.

Until 2003 Governor Medea Mezurmishvili, Kachetia (Georgia)
A close confidante of ex-President Eduard Shevardnadze  and resigned before he was forced to step down.

2003-15 Custos Sophia Azan, St. Cathrine (Jamaica)
A Pastor of the Bread of Life Ministries in Linstead. Deputy Governor General from 6.7.12 5o 15.7.12

2004- Custos Marcia Bennett, St. Thomas (Jamaica)
A Local entrepreneur.

2004-08 Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Louisiana (USA)
1984-89 Member of the State Legislature, 1990-93 Vice-Chairperson of the of the  Public Service Commission and its Chairperson 1993 and 1994. Lieutenant Governor 1995-2004. Did not run for re-election. Mother of six. (b. 1942-).

2004-10 Governor Maria Gracia Cielo Padaca, Isabela (Philippines)
Known as Edna Padaca, she defeated the incumbent governor and thereby toppled the Dy-dynasty which had held power in the province for more than 30 years. She is a former tv-personality (b. 1964-).

2004-13 Governor Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, Aurora (Philippines)
Assistant Majority Leader in the Congress, 1997-98, Assistant Minority Leader, 1998-2000 Senior Deputy Majority Leader, 2000 Majority Leader, 2001-02 Assistant Minority Leader and 2002-04 Deputy Minority Leader

2004-12 Governor Gwendolyn F. Garcia-Codilla, Cebu (Philippines)
Gwen Garcia's father, Pablo Garcia, was governor of the Province 1992-2004. She was suspended by Department of the Interior and Local Government due to alleged blocking of fund of Vice-Governors Greg Sanchez (now deceased) and Agnes Magpale.(b. 1956-)

2004-13 Governor Luisa Lloren-Cuaresma, Nueva Vizcaya (Philippines)
Former Mayor, Vice-Governor 1998-2004. She is the fifth female governor in the Province since 1962.

2004-10 Governor M. Jodi Rell, Connecticut (USA)
The Lt. Governor 1995-2004, she succeeded her predessor who resigned because of a curruption-scandal.

2004-10 Governor Amalia Garcia Medina, Zacatecas (Mexico)
Member of the Democratic Revolution Party, PRD. She was the first woman to be elected Governor in Mexico since 1991.  She was Vice-President of the Senate in 1997, and has been President of Partido Revolucionario Democratico, PRD from 1999.

2004-12 Governor Amparo Arbeláez Escalante, Quindío  (Colombia)
Former Mayor of Calarcá and MP for Quindío for two periods.

2004-12 Luz Selene Plata Ventura, Duarte (Domenican Republic)

2004-10 Governor Eunice Josefina Jimeno Olivier de Núñez, Santiago Rodríguez (Domenican Republic)
Former conservative MP.

2004-10 Governor Altagracia Matos Matos, Barahona (Domenican Republic)

2004-06 and 2012- Governor Governor Nelly Melo Matos de Guerrero, Peravia (Domenican Republic)
From 2006 she worked in the central government

2004-06 Governor Rosa Sonia Mateo de Espinosa, Dajabón (Domenican Republic)

2004-06 Governor Amalia Andrea Grullón Jiménez, Montecristi (Domenican Republic)
The state is also known as Monte Cristy

2004-08 Governor Mirla Flores de Alfaro, Departament of Guatemala (Guatemala)
Her full name is Mirla Julieta Flores Tobar De Alfaro.

2004-06 Governor Norma Quixtán Argueta, Quetzaltenango (Guatemala)
Cabinet Member and Secretary of Peace from 2006.

2004-circa 2008 Governor Dinora Romero de Hernández, Francisco Morazán (Honduras)

2004-08 Governor Salwa Mohsni Labiadh, Zaghouan (Tunesia)
Member of the Central Committee of the Constitutional Democratic Rally (ruling party) in 1993-98 and member of the Economic and Social Council in 2000-03 as it's vice President in 2001-03 and posted int the Ministry of Interior from 2008. (b. 1950-).

2004-08 Governor Fatimata Legma née Zetyenga, Region Centre-Nord
2008-09 Governor of Region Cascades (Burkina Faso)

Also known as Legma Zetiyenga Fatimata.

2004-08 Governor Pauline Marie Antoinette Hien Winkoun née Somé, Region Centre-Sud (Burkino Faso)
Ambassador to Tunisia since 2008.

2004- Governor Anneli Taina, Södra Finland Län/Etelä-Soumen Lääni
Second Minister of Environment for Housing 1995 and Minister of Defence 1995-99. (b. 1951-).

2004-09 Landshövding Marianne Samuelsson, Gotland (Sweden)
MP 1988-91 and 1994-2002 and Spokesperson of Miljöpartiet de Gröna 1992-99. (b. 1945-).

2004-12 Landshövding Eva Eriksson, Värmland (Sweden)
Vice-Chairperson of Folkpartiet 1993-2001 and MP 1994-98. (b. 1947-).

2004-06 District Supervisor and Deputy High Representative Susan R. Johnson, Brcko  (Bosnia and Hercegovina)
An US diplomat she was Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Interim Director for Civil Affairs in the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad. She was appointed by the The High Representative, Paddy Ashdown.

2004 Coordinator Barbara Contini, Dhi Qar (Iraq)
An Italian she was Head of the Coalition Provisional Authority for the region from February to July.

2004-  Lord-Lieutenant Margaret Annie Geddes Dunnett, Caithness  (United Kingdom)
Deputy Lieutenant 1999-2003, she is also a Honorary Sheriff at Wick. (b. 1942-).

2004-  Lord-Lieutenant Dr. Ingrid Roscoe, West Yorkshire  (United Kingdom)
Deputy Lieutenant 1994-99, Vice  Lord-Lieutenant 1999-2004. Also High Steward of Selby Abbey, and a Trustee of York Minster and is involved, as patron or president, in a number of voluntary organisations. A former lecturer in sculpture history at the University of Leeds. (b. 1945-).

2004-05 Prefect Anne-Marie Charvet, Tarn-et-Garonne (France)

High-ranking civil servant in regional and provincial governments.

2004-05 Government-Delegate María del Carmen Valmorisco Martín, Castilla-La Mancha (Spain)
Councillor of Public Administration in the Autonomous Government 2003-04.

2004-11 Government-Delegate Carmen Pereira Santana, Extremadura (Spain)
MP for PSOE 1989-93, Civil Governor in Sorian 1994-96 and Director General of Transport and Communications 1996-99.

2004 Acting Voivode Joanna Kasprzak-Perka, Lubuski (Poland)
As Vice-voivod since 2003, she became acting Voivod in June after the Prime Minister dismissed her predecessor until a successor was appointed a month later. She's member of the Democratic Left Alliance (Sojusz Lewicy Demokratycznej). (1970-).

2004-09 Governor Ingrid Berta Bendix de Barrera, Ahuachapán (El Salvador)
(b. 1944-)

2004-09 Governor Delia Marina Aguilar Viscarra, La Unión (El Salvador)

2004-09 Governor Isabel Mena de Chiu, Bocas del Toro (Panama)

2004-06 Governor Chutamart Prateepavanich, Sing Buri (Thailand)
Deputy Director-General Department of Disaster
Prevention and Mitigation
in the Interior Ministry at the time of her appointment as the country's fourth female provincial governor.

2004-07 Governor Pratibha Patil, Rajasthan (India)
A senior Congress Leader, she was Deputy Minister 1967-72 and 1972-83 Cabinet Minister and 1979-80 Leader of the Opposition in Maharastra and 1986-88 Deputy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha. When she was appointed Governor, Rajestan's Chief Minister and Parliamentary Speaker were both women. Indian state president 2007-12. (b. 1934-).

2004-05 Acting Governor Mariya Bolshakova, Ulyanovsk Oblast (Russia)

2004-05 Governor Gloria Racines Peñaherrera, Cotopaxi (Ecuador)

2004-05 Governor Virginia García Dueñas, Manabí (Ecuador)

2004-07 and 2009- Governor Guadalupe Llori, Orellana (Ecuador)
A representative of the Plui-national Pachakutik United Movement –New Country, she was detained in 2007 on charges of terrorism, sabotage and fraud. After pressure from Amnesty International she was released and re-elected governor in April 2009

2004-10 Governor Song Xiulian, Qinghai (China)
Former Vice-Governor. (b.1956-).

2004- Governor Gema Umbrasienė, Panevezys (Lithuania)
Until 2001 member of the New Democracy Party (NDP). Since 2001 Deputy Chairperson of the Peasants and New Democracy Union. (b. 1958).

Circa 2004-08 Governor Juana López, Darién (Panama)

2004- Prefect Vesna Mijalković, District of Pirot (Serbia)
Economics Professor. (b. 1960-)

2004-05 Prefect Vesna Jeremic, District of Podunavlje (Serbia)
(b. 1962-)

2004- Governor Tilila Valdespino, Distict of Embera-Wounaan (Panama)
The first woman to hold such a post in one ofthe semi-autonomous indigenous areas in parts of Darien province where the roads don't go. The District is home to some 17.000 people, mostly Embera with a Wounaan minority. The Embera and Wounaan speak distinct languages of the Chocoan linguistic family, and trace their roots back to the Amazon Basin. (b. 1969-).

2004- Governor Sara Holguín Negrete of the Indigenas Zone in Guachochi (Mexico)
Appointed by the Federal Government as head of one of the new autonomous municipalities made up by the indigenous communities within an area defined by zapatista influence. The communities of an indigenous zone or area are the ones who decide, at an assembly of all their members, whether or not they will belong to the autonomous municipality.

Circa 2004-11 Government Superintendent Julia Duncan Cassell, Grand Bassa (Liberia)
Appointed Minister of Gender and Development in 2011.

Circa 2004-12 Government Superintendent Rosalind Sneh, Grand Kru (Liberia)

Circa 2004-10 Government Superintendent Nyenekon Beauty Snoh-Barcon, Montserrado (Liberia)

Circa 2004-12 Government Superintendent Catherine Watson-Khasu, Grand Cape Mount (Liberia)

Circa 2004-06 Government Superintendent Haja Washington, Bomi (Liberia)

Circa 2004-12 Government Superintendent Gertrude Lamine, Gbarpolu (Liberia)

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