Nancy Putnam Hollister (born May 22, 1949) is an American politician from the U.S. state of Ohio. Hollister was the first and, to date, only female Governor of Ohio, serving briefly from December 1998 to January 1999. She attended Kent State University, and upon leaving college she became a housewife. She began her political career in the 1980s. She is a member of the Republican Party.
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives|
from the 96th district
January 5, 1999 – December 31, 2004
|Preceded by||Tom Johnson|
|Succeeded by||Charlie Wilson|
|66th Governor of Ohio|
December 31, 1998 – January 11, 1999
|Preceded by||George Voinovich|
|Succeeded by||Bob Taft|
|60th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio|
January 9, 1995 – December 31, 1998
|Preceded by||Mike DeWine|
|Succeeded by||Maureen O'Connor|
|Born||May 22, 1949|
Marietta, Ohio, U.S.
|Education||Kent State University (BA)|
Political career (1980–1990)Edit
Nancy Hollister first entered public office when she was elected to the Marietta City Council in 1980. 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.
Political career (1991–1994)Edit
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.
Hollister was elected Ohio's 60th Lieutenant Governor in 1994 to replace incumbent lieutenant governor Mike DeWine, who was elected to the U.S. 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.
Governor of OhioEdit
On November 3, 1998 as part of that year's midterm election, Governor George Voinovich was elected to the United States Senate, and Bob Taft was elected to the governorship. On the same day, Hollister ran for a seat in the United States House of Representatives, having defeated former Rep. Frank Cremeans for the Republican nomination, but she lost to incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland, who would later succeed Taft as governor.
Voinovich resigned as governor on December 31, 1998 (so he could sworn into the Senate three days later), and with that, Hollister became governor. Hollister became Ohio's first and to date only female governor. She only served 11 days in office - which would also make her Ohio's shortest-serving governor - as she was essentially finishing out Voinovich's term. She was succeeded by Taft, whose term officially began on January 11, 1999.
Upon leaving the Governor's office, Hollister was appointed to the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 93rd district, in 1999. She ran for and was elected to the seat in 2000 and 2002. In her final run for office to date, Hollister was defeated by Jennifer Garrison in 2004.
A key issue in the campaign was Hollister's opposition to a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Garrison – the Democrat – ran to the ideological right of Hollister on the same-sex marriage ban which passed during the same 2004 election 61.71% to 38.29%.
- Nancy P. Hollister at Ohio History Central
- "Nancy P. Hollister". Ohio History Connection. Retrieved 2016-01-26.[dead link]
- Candisky, Catherine (May 4, 2016). "Ohio's first female governor appointed to state Board of Education". The Columbus Dispatch.
| Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
| Governor of Ohio
|Ohio House of Representatives|
| Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 96th district