List of current United States first spouses

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In the United States, the first spouse (first lady for women, first gentleman for men) is the term used to refer to the spouse of a chief executive - that is, of the spouse of the President of the United States (the First Lady of the United States) and the spouses of the governors of the 50 U.S. states and U.S. territories (Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the United States Virgin Islands) and the spouse of the mayor of the District of Columbia. (The spouses of many mayors are often called the "first lady" or "first gentleman" of the city as well, and the use of the terms sometimes extends even to the spouses of college presidents).

The public role of the first spouse is usually ceremonial. Like the First Ladies of the United States, state and territorial first spouses are not elected and earn no government salary. However, traditionally first spouses also champion important causes either nationally or within their individual states or territories,[1] such as charitable and humanitarian work. First spouses are often seen as high profile individuals who can direct public awareness towards a particular cause or campaign.[1] For example, the nation's first spouses launched a nationwide national breast cancer awareness campaign in conjunction with the National Governors Association in 1994.[1] In collaboration with the breast cancer initiative, some First Spouses participated in media campaigns, public relations, chaired statewide breast cancer awareness committees, and even spearheaded the creation of a specific women's departments within state health departments.[1] Diverse initiatives championed by individual current First Spouses have included advocacy against drunk driving,[2] heart disease in women,[3] the Special Olympics, and development assistance projects in Rwanda.[4]

Most first spouses have pursued their own careers before entering the public arena when their husbands or wives assumed the governor's mansion. For example, Lou Rell, former first gentleman of Connecticut, is a former naval pilot and commercial airline pilot with TWA.[5]

Anita Thigpen Perry, the first lady of Texas, is currently the longest serving First Spouse in the United States. Currently, four states (Illinois, Minnesota, New York and Oregon), along with the District of Columbia do not have a First Lady or a First Gentleman.

Current First Ladies and Gentlemen[edit]

United States[edit]

Current First Lady State President Past First Spouse since
Michelle Obama United States Barack Obama List January 20, 2009

States[edit]

Current First Lady or First Gentleman State Governor Past First Spouse since
Dianne Bentley Alabama Robert Bentley List January 17, 2011
Sandra Parnell Alaska Sean Parnell List July 26, 2009
John Brewer Arizona Jan Brewer List January 20, 2009
Ginger Beebe Arkansas Mike Beebe List January 9, 2007
Anne Gust California Jerry Brown List January 3, 2011
Helen Thorpe (Separated)[6] Colorado John Hickenlooper List January 12, 2011
Cathy Malloy Connecticut Dan Malloy List January 5, 2011
Carla Markell Delaware Jack Markell List January 20, 2009
Ann Scott Florida Rick Scott List January 4, 2011
Sandra Deal[7] Georgia Nathan Deal List January 10, 2011
Nancie Caraway Hawaii Neil Abercrombie List December 6, 2010
Lori Easley Idaho Butch Otter List January 1, 2007
None (Governor divorced) Illinois Pat Quinn List
Karen Pence Indiana Mike Pence List January 14, 2013
Chris Branstad Iowa Terry Branstad List January 14, 2011
Mary Brownback Kansas Sam Brownback List January 10, 2011
Jane Beshear Kentucky Steve Beshear List December 11, 2007
Supriya Jindal Louisiana Bobby Jindal List January 14, 2008
Ann LePage Maine Paul LePage List January 5, 2011
Catherine Curran O'Malley Maryland Martin O'Malley List January 17, 2007
Diane Patrick Massachusetts Deval Patrick List January 4, 2007
Sue Snyder Michigan Rick Snyder List January 1, 2011
None (Governor divorced) Minnesota Mark Dayton List
Deborah Hayes Bryant Mississippi Phil Bryant List January 10, 2012
Georganne Nixon Missouri Jay Nixon List January 12, 2009
Lisa Bullock Montana Steve Bullock List January 7, 2013
Sally Ganem[8] Nebraska Dave Heineman List January 20, 2005
Kathleen Sandoval[9] Nevada Brian Sandoval List January 3, 2011
Thomas Hassan New Hampshire Maggie Hassan List January 3, 2013
Mary Pat Christie New Jersey Chris Christie List January 19, 2010
Chuck Franco New Mexico Susana Martinez List January 1, 2011
None (Governor divorced) New York Andrew Cuomo List
Ann McCrory North Carolina Pat McCrory List January 5, 2013
Betsy Dalrymple[10] North Dakota Jack Dalrymple List December 7, 2010
Karen Waldbillig Kasich Ohio John Kasich List January 10, 2011
Wade Christensen Oklahoma Mary Fallin List January 10, 2011
None (Governor divorced) Oregon John Kitzhaber List
Susan Corbett Pennsylvania Tom Corbett List January 28, 2011
Stephanie Chafee Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee List January 4, 2011
Michael Haley South Carolina Nikki Haley List January 12, 2011
Linda Daugaard South Dakota Dennis Daugaard List January 8, 2011
Crissy Haslam[11] Tennessee Bill Haslam List January 15, 2011
Anita Thigpen Perry Texas Rick Perry List December 21, 2000
Jeanette Herbert Utah Gary Herbert List August 11, 2009
None (Governor divorced)[12] Vermont Peter Shumlin List January 6, 2011
Dorothy McAuliffe[13] Virginia Terry McAuliffe List January 11, 2014[14]
Trudi Inslee Washington Jay Inslee List January 16, 2013
Joanne Jaeger Tomblin West Virginia Earl Ray Tomblin List November 15, 2010
Tonette Walker Wisconsin Scott Walker List January 3, 2011
Carol Mead Wyoming Matt Mead List January 3, 2011

Territories[edit]

Current First Lady or First Gentleman Territory Governor Past First Spouse since
Malala Moliga, CynthiaCynthia Malala Moliga American Samoa Matalasi Moliga, Lolo LetaluLolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga List January 3, 2013
None (Spouse deceased) District of Columbia Gray, Vincent C.Vincent C. Gray List
Calvo, ChristineChristine Calvo Guam Calvo, EddieEddie Calvo List January 3, 2011
Agulto, DoloresDolores Agulto Northern Mariana Islands Inos, EloyEloy Inos List February 20, 2013
Pastrana, WilmaWilma Pastrana Puerto Rico García Padilla, AlejandroAlejandro García Padilla List January 2, 2013
de Jongh, CecileCecile de Jongh U.S. Virgin Islands de Jongh, JohnJohn de Jongh List January 1, 2007

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "More About Governors' Spouses: A Tradition of Helping Others". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  2. ^ "First Lady Maryann Tulafono appeals to the general public". Government of American Samoa. Retrieved 2009-04-26. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Learn More about First Lady Cheri Daniels". State of Indiana. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  4. ^ "Rwanda Project: Who We Are: Cecile de Jongh - Vice President and Co-Founder". Rwanda Project USVI. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  5. ^ Leigh Cowen, Alison (2004-06-22). "Connecticut's Governor steps down: A New Leader Carrying Hope -- M. Jodi Rell". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  6. ^ Lynn Bartels (31 July 2012). "Colorado governor and wife to separate, political future still looks bright". Denver Post. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Few, Jenel (6 November 2013). "Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal promotes Governor Nathan Deal's grade level reading initiative". savannahnow.com. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Skelton, Alissa (19 July 2010). "Nebraska's first lady part of the largest Lebanese family in Nebraska". journalstar.com. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Doughman, Andrew (2 October 2013). "First lady Kathleen Sandoval to speak at mental health walk". lasvegassun.com. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Schatz, Amber (22 January 2013). "First Lady Betsy Dalrymple Promotes Reading in Classrooms". kxnet.com. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Jett, Tyler (17 August 2013). "Tennessee first lady Crissy Haslam christens new ferry". timesfreepress.com. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Gov. Shumlin divorce finalized". wcax.com. wcax. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  13. ^ Sullivan, Heather (9 January 2014). "Meet Virginia's new First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe". nbc12.com. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  14. ^ Vozzella, Laura; Weiner, Rachel; Berman, Mark (11 January 2014). "McAuliffe sworn in as Virginia governor". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 

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