Minner traces path from dropout to governor
Posted April 15, 2009; 01:14 p.m.
Former Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner will discuss her unusual political career path in a lecture titled "From High School Dropout to the Governor's Office" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in 1 Robertson Hall.
Minner, a Democrat, was elected to two terms as governor of Delaware in 2000 and 2004 following two terms as lieutenant governor.
At age 16, Minner left school to work on her family farm, later earning her General Education Development degree. She began her political career as a clerk in the Delaware House of Representatives and as a receptionist in the office of Gov. Sherman Tribbitt. She was elected to the Delaware House in 1974 and the Delaware Senate in 1982 en route to becoming the state's most powerful female politician.
The event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Office of Graduate Career Services.