Ruth Ann Minner

Ruth Ann Minner ( born January 17, 1935 in Milford, Delaware) is an American politician of the Democratic Party who served as Governor of the State of Delaware from 2001 to 2009.

She left high school at age 16 to help her family and Frank Ingram to marry, with whom she had three children: Frank Jr., Wayne and Gary. 1967 her husband died suddenly of a heart attack. In 1968 she visited the Delaware Technical & Community College while working simultaneously at two jobs to support her family. She married 1969 Roger Minner. He died in 1991 from cancer.

In 1974 she was elected to the House of Representatives from Delaware, having previously worked there as a Page. They remained in the chamber of parliament from 1974 to 1982 when she was elected to the Senate in the state. This she served on until 1993. In 1992 she was elected with 61 percent of the vote for Vice- Governor. She had held the post of 19 January 1993 to 3 January 2001. 2000 set Minner with a vote share of 60 per cent against their Republican rivals John M. Burris by and was elected Governor. It was confirmed in 2004 but only 51 percent of the vote; this time it was under the former Judge William Swain Lee. After eight years, she resigned on 20 January 2009 from the Office; her successor was again a Democrat Jack Markell with.