by Karl Kurtz
In the nearly three year history of The Thicket, one of the most frequently visited posts has been "How Many Women Governors?". It has information from the Center for American Women in Politics on the total number of women who have served as governors and some trivia about them. That information is now out of date, so we thought we would update it.
In 2009 there are eight women serving as governors (compared to nine in 2008). The new ones are Gov. Beverly Perdue (left) in North Carolina and Gov. Jan Brewer (above right) in Arizona. Continuing are Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. See the National Governors Association for a complete list of governors.
That brings to 30 the total number of women who have served as governor in 22 states, plus one more in Puerto Rico. With Jan Brewer succeeding Janet Napolitano as governor of Arizona, that state now has had four consecutive female governors.
Answers to questions I'm sure that readers are asking: Why does that particular post get so many hits? I'm not sure other than the fact that the title is worded like most people would enter a question in a search engine. Is this a cheap trick to get more hits to The Thicket? Probably. Is it a slow day otherwise for posts? Definitely.
April 28, 2009 update: With Senate confirmation yesterday of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, the number of women governors declines to seven. Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson was sworn in as governor of Kansas yesterday evening.