List of female speakers of legislatures in the United States

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This is the list of women who have served as speakers and leaders of federal, state and territorial legislatures in the United States.

Congress

  Denotes incumbent speaker
Name Image Country Legislative Body Party Mandate start Mandate end Term length
Nancy Pelosi Official photo of Speaker Nancy Pelosi in 2019.jpg  United States House of Representatives Democratic January 4, 2007 January 3, 2011 3 years, 364 days
January 3, 2019 Incumbent 3 years, 213 days

State

  Denotes incumbent speaker
Name Image State Legislative Body Party Mandate start Mandate end Term length
Minnie D. Craig No image.svg North Dakota House of Representatives Republican/NPL 1933 1935
Consuelo N. Bailey Consuelo N. Bailey (Vermont lieutenant governor).jpg Vermont House of Representatives Republican 1953 1955
Marion West Higgins No image.svg New Jersey House of Representatives Republican 1965 1965 [1]
Edness Kimball Wilkins "Coin Collector." Washington, D.C., April 11. Mrs. Edness Wilkens, Secretary to Nellie Tayloe Ross, Director of the Mint, for the last four years has been collecting coins as a hobby, thru LCCN2016873388.jpg Wyoming House of Representatives Democratic 1966 1967
Verda James No image.svg Wyoming House of Representatives Republican 1969 1970
Vera Katz Vera Katz.jpg Oregon House of Representatives Democratic January 14, 1985 November 10, 1990 5 years, 300 days
Debra R. Anderson No image.svg South Dakota House of Representatives Democratic 1987 1988
Jane Dee Hull Jane Dee Hull 2001 cropped.jpg Arizona House of Representatives Republican 1989 1992
Dee Long No image.svg Minnesota House of Representatives Democratic–Farmer–Labor January 6, 1992 September 15, 1993 1 year, 252 days
Ramona Barnes Ramona Barnes.jpg Alaska House of Representatives Republican January 11, 1993 January 16, 1995 2 years, 5 days
Gail Phillips No image.svg Alaska House of Representatives Republican January 16, 1995 January 19, 1999 4 years, 3 days
Jo Ann Davidson Ohio House of Representatives Republican January 3, 1995 December 31, 2000 5 years, 363 days
Beverly Clarno No image.svg Oregon House of Representatives Republican 1995 1996
Doris Allen[note 1] No image.svg California State Assembly Republican June 5, 1995 September 14, 1995 70 days
Libby Mitchell LibbyMitchell (cropped).jpg Maine House of Representatives Democratic December 4, 1996 December 2, 1998 1 year, 363 days
Donna Sytek No image.svg New Hampshire House of Representatives Republican 1997 2000
Moira K. Lyons No image.svg Connecticut House of Representatives Democratic 1999 2004
Lynn Snodgrass No image.svg Oregon House of Representatives Republican 1999 2001
Catherine Hanaway Catherine Hanaway Gov. Debate.jpg Missouri House of Representatives Republican January 8, 2003 January 5, 2005 1 year, 363 days
Janet Wentz No image.svg North Dakota House of Representatives Republican 2003 2003 9 months
Karen Minnis No image.svg Oregon House of Representatives Republican 2003 2006
Lola Spradley Lola Spradley.JPG Colorado House of Representatives Republican January 8, 2003 January 12, 2005 2 years, 4 days
Gaye Symington Gaye Symington (cropped).jpg Vermont House of Representatives Democratic January 5, 2005 January 8, 2009 4 years, 3 days
Terie Norelli First Press Brief4 (cropped).jpg New Hampshire House of Representatives Democratic December 6, 2006 December 1, 2010 3 years, 360 days
December 5, 2012 December 3, 2014 1 year, 363 days
Margaret Anderson Kelliher MAK Headshot (cropped).jpg Minnesota House of Representatives Democratic–Farmer–Labor January 3, 2007 January 4, 2011 4 years, 1 day
Barbara Buckley Barbara Buckley 2009.jpg Nevada Assembly Democratic February 5, 2007 February 7, 2011 4 years, 2 days
Karen Bass[note 2] Karen Bass.jpg California State Assembly Democratic May 13, 2008 March 1, 2010 1 year, 292 days
Hannah Pingree No image.svg Maine House of Representatives Democratic December 3, 2008 December 6, 2010 2 years, 3 days
Sheila Oliver Lt Gov Sheila Oliver.jpeg New Jersey General Assembly Democratic January 12, 2010 January 14, 2014 4 years, 2 days
Beth Harwell Beth Harwell.jpg Tennessee House of Representatives Republican January 13, 2011 January 8, 2019 7 years, 360 days
Rebecca D. Lockhart No image.svg Utah House of Representatives Republican January 24, 2011 January 17, 2015 3 years, 358 days
Tina Kotek[note 3] TinaKotekCloserCrop.jpg Oregon House of Representatives Democratic January 14, 2013 January 16, 2022 9 years, 2 days
Marilyn Kirkpatrick Marilyn Kirkpatrick, Chairwoman, Clark County Commission - Cropped.jpg Nevada Assembly Democratic February 4, 2013 February 2, 2015 1 year, 363 days
Toni Atkins Atkins Headshot.jpg California State Assembly Democratic May 12, 2014 March 7, 2016 1 year, 300 days
Dickey Lee Hullinghorst No image.svg Colorado House of Representatives Democratic January 7, 2015 January 11, 2017 2 years, 4 days
Linda Upmeyer Linda Upmeyer official photo.jpg Iowa House of Representatives Republican January 14, 2016 January 13, 2020 3 years, 364 days
Sara Gideon No image.svg Maine House of Representatives Democratic December 7, 2016 December 2, 2020 3 years, 361 days
Mitzi Johnson (Ms.Mitzi Johnson).jpg Vermont House of Representatives Democratic January 4, 2017 January 6, 2021 4 years, 2 days
Crisanta Duran[note 4] Rep. Crisanta Duran (D-Denver).jpg Colorado House of Representatives Democratic January 11, 2017 January 4, 2019 1 year, 358 days
KC Becker KC Becker, 2018.png Colorado House of Representatives Democratic January 4, 2019 January 13, 2021 2 years, 9 days
Melissa Hortman Melissa Hortman 2012.jpg Minnesota House of Representatives Democratic January 8, 2019 Incumbent 3 years, 208 days
Adrienne A. Jones Adrienne A. Jones (November 2007).jpg Maryland House of Delegates Democratic April 7, 2019 Incumbent 3 years, 119 days
Eileen Filler-Corn Eileen Fillercorn.jpg Virginia House of Delegates Democratic January 8, 2020 January 11, 2022 2 years, 208 days
Laurie Jinkins Laurie Jinkins.jpg Washington House of Representatives Democratic January 13, 2020 Incumbent 2 years, 203 days
Jill Krowinski JillKrowinski.png Vermont House of Representatives Democratic January 6, 2021 Incumbent 1 year, 210 days
Louise Stutes File.louise.stutes.jpg Alaska House of Representatives Republican
(Bipartisan Coalition)
February 11, 2021 Incumbent 1 year, 174 days
  1. ^ Though a Republican, Allen was elected Speaker with the support of Democrats, acting as a proxy to tip control away from the Republicans who held a one seat majority.
  2. ^ First African-American female speaker of a state legislative body.
  3. ^ First lesbian speaker of a state legislative body.
  4. ^ First Hispanic female speaker of a state legislative body.

Territorial

  Denotes incumbent speaker
Name Image Territory Legislative Body Mandate start Mandate end Term length
María L. Gómez Garriga No image.svg  Puerto Rico House of Representatives 1945 1945 ?
Jenniffer González Jenniffer-gonzalez-first-hispanic-american-veterans-summit-2006.jpg  Puerto Rico House of Representatives 12 January 2009 1 January 2013 3 years, 355 days
Ruby M. Rouss No image.svg  United States Virgin Islands Legislature 1981 1982 1 year, 0 days
Ruby M. Rouss No image.svg  United States Virgin Islands Legislature January 1987 March 1987 59 days
Lorraine L. Berry No image.svg  United States Virgin Islands Legislature 2005 2007 2 years, 0 days
Judith Won Pat No image.svg  Guam Legislature of Guam March 7, 2008 January 2, 2017 8 years, 301 days
Tina Muna Barnes Speaker Tina Muna Barnes signing an Executive Order in her capacity as Acting Lt. Governor of Guam..jpg  Guam Legislature of Guam January 7, 2019 January 4, 2021 1 year, 363 days
Therese M. Terlaje No image.svg  Guam Legislature of Guam January 4, 2021 Incumbent 1 year, 212 days

References

  1. ^ Weatherford, Doris (2012). Women in American Politics: History and Milestones. CQ Press. p. 108. ISBN 9781608710072. Retrieved 8 October 2018.