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Nancy Hollister

Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 93rd district
In office
Succeeded by Jennifer Garrison

In office
December 31, 1998 – January 11, 1999
Lieutenant none
Preceded by George Voinovich
Succeeded by Bob Taft

Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
In office
1995 – 1998
Governor George Voinovich
Preceded by Mike DeWine
Succeeded by Maureen O'Connor

In office
1984 – 1991

Marietta City Council
In office
1980 – 1984

Born May 22, 1949 (1949-05-22) (age 60)
Marietta, Ohio
Political party Republican
Profession Politician

Nancy Putnam Hollister (born May 22, 1949) is a Republican politician from the U.S. state of Ohio. Hollister was the first, and to this date only, female Governor of Ohio. She attended Kent State University, and upon leaving college she became a housewife. She began her political career in the 1980s.


Political Career (1980-1990)

Nancy Hollister first entered public office when she was elected to the Marietta City Council in 1980.[1] Hollister would serve on city council until being elected Mayor of Marietta in 1984. As Mayor, Hollister worked to attract new businesses to the area, promote tourism, and secured funding for a new bridge across the Ohio River[2].

Political Career (1991-1994)

Since Hollister was a mayor in Southeastern Ohio, Governor Voinovich appointed Nancy Hollister as director of the Governor's Office of Appalachia. In this position, Hollister would advise the Governor on how to improve the economy, and life, for twenty-nine counties.

Lieutenant Governor

Hollister was elected Ohio's Lt. Governor in 1994. (Mike DeWine was elected to the senate). Hollister would oversee several State and Local Government Commissions. These included the Governor's Office of Appalachia, the Governor's Workforce Development Board,the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services, the Ohio School-to-Work Initiative, the Office of Housing and Community Partnership, the Ohio Coal Development Office, and the Ohio Farmland Preservation Task Force[2]. Nancy Hollister was a leading voice against same-sex marriage.

Governor of Ohio

In 1998, Governor Voinovich was elected to be one of Ohio's senators. Upon his resignation, Hollister became Governor. Hollister would become Ohio's first and only woman to serve as governor. She only served 11 days in office, making her Ohio's shortest-serving governor. She was succeeded by Bob Taft.

Hollister ran for a seat in the United States House of Representatives, defeating former Rep. Frank Cremeans for the Republican nomination, but she lost to Democrat Ted Strickland. Cremeans had defeated the incumbent Strickland in 1994 but lost to him in 1996.

Politics 2000- Present

Upon leaving the Governor's office, Hollister was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 93rd district, in 2001. She ran for a third term, but was defeated by Jennifer Garrison in 2005. A key issue in the campaign was Hollister's opposition to a measure that would ban same-sex marriage.

Hollister is still an active voice of conservatism and community service initiatives.

See also


Political offices
Preceded by
Mike DeWine
Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
Succeeded by
Maureen O'Connor
Preceded by
George Voinovich
Governor of Ohio
Succeeded by
Bob Taft


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