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Accession Number 1900.001
Catalog Number 1900.001.064
Object Name Painting
Title Portrait of Nancy Hollister
Description Ohio's 66th governor, and first female governor, Nancy Hollister (1999), is shown leaning on a marble railing in the Ohio Senate Building. She wears a black suit and a necklace of her mother's pearls.
Date 2001
Artist Mueller, David William
Notes Nancy Putnam Hollister was Ohio's first female governor.

Hollister was born on May 22, 1949, in Marietta, Ohio. She attended Kent State University, and upon leaving college, she became a housewife.

A member of the Republican Party, Hollister decided to pursue a political career by the early 1980s. She served on the Marietta City Council from 1980 until 1984, and she then became mayor of Marietta, holding this office until 1991. As mayor, Hollister promoted tourism, sought to attract new businesses to Marietta, and helped to secure funding for a new bridge across the Ohio River.

In 1991, Governor George Voinovich appointed Hollister as the director of the Governor's Office of Appalachia. Having served as mayor of an Appalachian community, Hollister was well suited for this position. She advised the governor on how to improve economic life for people living in twenty-nine Ohio counties deemed to be part of Appalachia.

Hollister was elected Ohio's 60th Lieutenant Governor in 1994 to replace incumbent lieutenant governor Mike DeWine, who was elected to the U.S. Senate. In this capacity, Hollister assisted Governor Voinovich by overseeing several state offices and commissions, including the State and Local Government Commission, the Governor's Workforce Development Board, the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services, the Ohio Farmland Preservation Task Force, the Governor's Office of Appalachia, the Ohio School-to-Work Initiative, the Office of Housing and Community Partnership, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, and the Ohio Coal Development Office.

Upon Governor Voinovich's resignation to become one of Ohio's two U.S. Senators, Hollister became Ohio's chief executive. Hollister was the first woman to become Ohio's governor. Her term was a short one, however, lasting only eleven days from late December 1998 to early January 1999. Bob Taft, whom voters elected in November 1998, took office in January 1999.

Upon leaving office, Hollister won election to the Ohio House of Representatives. She represented the 93rd District. She remained in this office until 2005, having been defeated in a reelection bid in 2004.

Since her defeat, Hollister remains active in many community-service initiatives.
People Hollister, Nancy, 1949-
Mueller, David William
Signed Name "David Mueller"
Sig Loc Lower left
Image size 57" x 36"
Frame size 65-1/4" x 44"
Frame desc Twenty-first century gesso carved gilt frame
Provenance In 1867, the Ohio General Assembly passed a joint resolution relative to the governors of Ohio. The legislators resolved that "the secretary of state, on the first Monday of January next, whether the portraits of the governors of Ohio, state and territorial, can be procured, and if so, whether original portraits or copies, and the probable expense of procuring such portraits for the governor's office."

David Mueller painted and signed this portrait of Governor Hollister.

The portrait was unveiled at the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday, September 19, 2001.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board took over the care of the Statehouse and its collections in 1988.
Search Terms Ohio Governor
Ohio Governor's Portraits
Subjects Governors
Painting
Portrait paintings
Collection Statehouse Artwork Collection/Governors' Portraits