Virginia Paul Holm

Virginia Paul Holm Bye[1] (March 14, 1902 – October 1968) was a Minnesota politician, a member of the Republican Party, and the first woman to serve as Secretary of State of Minnesota.

Virginia Paul Holm
16th Minnesota Secretary of State
In office
September 16, 1952 – January 3, 1955
GovernorC. Elmer Anderson
Preceded byH.H. Chesterman
Succeeded byJoseph L. Donovan
Personal details
BornMarch 14, 1902
DiedOctober 1968 (aged 66)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mike Holm

Holm was appointed to the position in 1952 by Gov. Elmer Anderson. She succeeded H.H. Chesterman, who had himself previously been appointed to fill the vacancy left by the death of Holm's husband, former Secretary of State Mike Holm.

Holm won election in her own right in November 1952, but lost her bid for re-election in 1954.[2]


Political offices
Preceded by
H.H. Chesterman
Secretary of State of Minnesota
Succeeded by
Joseph L. Donovan