|Governor of Massachusetts|
From: April 10, 2001 – January 2, 2003
Jane Maria Swift (born in North Adams, Massachusetts, February 24, 1965) served as the acting-governor of Massachusetts from April 2001 through January 2003 upon the resignation of Governor Paul Cellucci to become Ambassador to Canada. A Republican, previously she served as Lieutenant Governor. One of her first acts as governor was to sign a "No-New-Taxes Pledge" and filed legislation to expand the state's Earned Income Tax Credit and reduce the state income tax to five percent. Additionally she vetoed $850 million in spending. Swift's governorship was dominated by responding to the national security and financial crisis following the September 11, 2001 attacks. She led an effort among governors to create the Department of Homeland Security.
In 1991 Swift became the youngest woman ever elected to the Massachusetts State Senate and would rise to the rank of assistant minority leader. She is the only woman to ever hold the office of Governor of Massachusetts and was the youngest governor in the nation at the time.