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 First Gentleman 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).

Since 1985, the National Governors Association has encouraged state First Ladies and Gentlemen to pursue their own, distinct causes and public agendas.[1] The public role of the first spouse is traditionally 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,[2] 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.[2] For example, the nation's first spouses launched a nationwide national breast cancer awareness campaign in conjunction with the National Governors Association in 1994.[2] 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.[2] Diverse initiatives championed by individual current First Spouses have included advocacy against drunk driving,[3] heart disease in women,[4] the Special Olympics, and development assistance projects in Rwanda.[5]

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.[6]

Currently, three states (Alabama, Minnesota, and New York), along with the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands do not have a First Lady or a First Gentleman.

Current First Spouses[edit]

United States[edit]

Current First Lady President Past First Spouse since
Melania Trump Donald Trump List January 20, 2017
Current Second Lady Vice President Past Second Spouse since
Karen Pence Mike Pence List January 20, 2017

States[edit]

State Current First Lady or First Gentleman Governor Past First Spouse since
 Alabama divorced Kay Ivey List
 Alaska Rose Dunleavy Mike Dunleavy List December 3, 2018
 Arizona Angela Ducey Doug Ducey List January 5, 2015
 Arkansas Susan Hutchinson Asa Hutchinson List January 13, 2015
 California Anne Gust Jerry Brown List January 3, 2011
 Colorado Robin Pringle John Hickenlooper List January 16, 2016
 Connecticut Cathy Malloy Dan Malloy List January 5, 2011
 Delaware Tracey Carney John Carney List January 17, 2017
 Florida Ann Scott Rick Scott List January 4, 2011
 Georgia Sandra Deal[7] Nathan Deal List January 10, 2011
 Hawaii Dawn Ige[8] David Ige List December 1, 2014
 Idaho Lori Otter Butch Otter List January 1, 2007
 Illinois Diana Rauner Bruce Rauner List January 12, 2015
 Indiana Janet Holcomb Eric Holcomb List January 9, 2017
 Iowa Kevin Reynolds Kim Reynolds List May 24, 2017
 Kansas Ruth Colyer Jeff Colyer List January 31, 2018
 Kentucky Glenna Bevin Matt Bevin List December 8, 2015
 Louisiana Donna Edwards[9] John Bel Edwards List January 11, 2016
 Maine Ann LePage Paul LePage List January 5, 2011
 Maryland Yumi Hogan Larry Hogan List January 21, 2015
 Massachusetts Lauren Baker Charlie Baker List January 8, 2015
 Michigan Sue Snyder Rick Snyder List January 1, 2011
 Minnesota divorced Mark Dayton List
 Mississippi Deborah Bryant Phil Bryant List January 10, 2012
 Missouri Teresa Parson Mike Parson List June 1, 2018
 Montana Lisa Bullock Steve Bullock List January 7, 2013
 Nebraska Susanne Ricketts[10] Pete Ricketts List January 8, 2015
 Nevada Lauralyn Sandoval[11] Brian Sandoval List August 11, 2018
 New Hampshire Valerie Sununu Chris Sununu List January 5, 2017
 New Jersey Tammy Murphy Phil Murphy List January 16, 2018
 New Mexico Chuck Franco Susana Martinez List January 1, 2011
 New York divorced Andrew Cuomo List
 North Carolina Kristin Cooper Roy Cooper List January 1, 2017
  North Dakota Kathryn Burgum[12] Doug Burgum List December 15, 2016
 Ohio Karen Waldbillig Kasich John Kasich List January 10, 2011
 Oklahoma Wade Christensen Mary Fallin List January 10, 2011
 Oregon Dan Little Kate Brown List February 18, 2015
 Pennsylvania Frances Wolf Tom Wolf List January 20, 2015
 Rhode Island Andrew Kind Moffit Gina Raimondo List January 6, 2015
 South Carolina Peggy McMaster Henry McMaster List January 24, 2017
 South Dakota Linda Daugaard Dennis Daugaard List January 8, 2011
 Tennessee Crissy Haslam[13] Bill Haslam List January 15, 2011
 Texas Cecilia Abbott Greg Abbott List January 20, 2015
 Utah Jeanette Herbert Gary Herbert List August 11, 2009
 Vermont Diana Scott Phil Scott List January 5, 2017
 Virginia Pamela Northam Ralph Northam List January 13, 2018
 Washington Trudi Inslee Jay Inslee List January 16, 2013
 West Virginia Cathy Justice Jim Justice List January 16, 2017
 Wisconsin Tonette Walker Scott Walker List January 3, 2011
 Wyoming Carol Mead Matt Mead List January 3, 2011

Territories[edit]

Territory Current First Lady or First Gentleman Governor Past First Spouse since
 American Samoa Cynthia Malala Moliga Lolo Letalu Matalasi Moliga List January 3, 2013
 District of Columbia never married Muriel Bowser (Mayor) List
 Guam Christine Calvo Eddie Calvo List January 3, 2011
 Northern Mariana Islands Dianna Mendiola Tudela Ralph Torres List December 29, 2015
 Puerto Rico Beatriz Rosselló Ricardo Rosselló List January 2, 2013
 U.S. Virgin Islands never married Kenneth Mapp List

First spouses-elect[edit]

State First spouse Governor
Alaska Rose Dunleavy Mike Dunleavy
California Jennifer Newsom Gavin Newsom
Colorado Marlon Reis Jared Polis
Connecticut Ann Lamont Ned Lamont
Florida Casey DeSantis Ron DeSantis
Georgia Marti Kemp Brian Kemp
Idaho Teresa Little Brad Little
Illinois Mary Pritzker JB Pritzker
Kansas Ted Daughety Laura Kelly
Maine Spouse Deceased Janet Mills
Michigan Marc Mallory Gretchen Whitmer
Minnesota Gwen Walz Tim Walz
Nevada Divorced Steve Sisolak
New Mexico Spouse Deceased Michelle Lujan Grisham
Ohio Frances DeWine Mike DeWine
Oklahoma Sarah Stitt Kevin Stitt
South Dakota Bryon Noem Kristi Noem
Tennessee Maria Lee Bill Lee
Wisconsin Kathy Evers Tony Evers
Wyoming Jennie Gordon Mark Gordon
Guam Jeffrey Cook Lou Leon Guerrero
United States Virgin Islands Yolanda Bryan Albert Bryan

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, John (2006-10-27). "Beauty queen, civil rights marcher could be first lady". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Retrieved 2015-05-23.
  2. ^ a b c d "More About Governors' Spouses: A Tradition of Helping Others" (PDF). National Governors Association. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
  3. ^ "First Lady Maryann Tulafono appeals to the general public". Government of American Samoa. Archived from the original on November 27, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
  4. ^ "Learn More about First Lady Cheri Daniels". State of Indiana. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
  5. ^ "Rwanda Project: Who We Are: Cecile de Jongh - Vice President and Co-Founder". Rwanda Project USVI. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
  6. ^ 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.
  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. ^ "Dawn Amano-Ige". nga.org. National Governors Association.
  9. ^ "Donna Edwards". nga.org. National Governors Association. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Susanne Shore". nga.org. National Governors Association. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Gov. Sandoval, McCarthy marry at Lake Tahoe". Reno Gazette Journal. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  12. ^ "First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum". North Dakota Office of the Governor. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  13. ^ Jett, Tyler (17 August 2013). "Tennessee first lady Crissy Haslam christens new ferry". timesfreepress.com. Retrieved 23 January 2014.

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