Record number of women governors elected

January 27, 2023

    12 (8D, 4R) women now serve as governor, a new high that beats the previous record of 9, first set in 2004. Women hold 24% of governorships nationwide. Three states elected their first woman governor in 2022: Arkansas (Sarah Huckabee Sanders [R]), Massachusetts (Maura Healey [D]), and New York (Kathy Hochul [D]). Two of those states – Massachusetts and New York – have previously had a woman serve as governor through appointment/ascension.

    There remain 18 states that have never had a woman governor.

    Data courtesy of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP)