Nancy Hollister began her political career on the Marietta City Council in 1980 where she served four years before becoming Mayor of Marietta where she promoted tourism, business development and helped secure funding for a new bridge across the Ohio River. She served in this position until 1991 when she was appointed as the Director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia, a position which allowed her to improve life in Ohio’s 29 Appalachian counties. She became Ohio’s Lieutenant Governor in 1994 and assisted the Governor with overseeing several state offices and commissions. After the Governor’s resignation to become a United States Senator, Hollister became Ohio’s first female Governor, serving eleven days until the next Governor began his term. She was appointed to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1999 and served until 2005. Hollister is currently Vice President of the State Board of Education.