BREAKING | Former Governor Ruth Ann Minner passes away

Former Governor of Delaware, Ruth Ann Minner has passed away at age 86.

Gov. Ruth Ann Minner – Delaware Public Archives

Ruth Ann Minner served two terms as Governor of Delaware from January 3, 2001 – January 20, 2009.

Minner became the state’s first female Governor when she was elected in 2000, paving the way for women and girls in across Delaware to venture into politics.

Governor John Carney issued a statement Thursday afternoon, praising Minner’s achievements, honoring her legacy, and sending his condolences to the Minner family.

“During her time in office, Governor Minner worked with legislators of both parties to improve health care and fight cancer, strengthen our education system, and attract good jobs to our state. She will be greatly missed,” Governor Carney said. “Tracey and I are praying for Governor Minner’s family, and her many friends across our state, during this difficult time.”

Minner was elected to her first of four terms in the Delaware House of Representatives in 1974. She then went on to serve three terms in the Delaware Senate, and two as Lieutenant Governor, before winning two terms as Governor.

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