Joan Finney (February 12, 1925-July 28, 2001), Democratic Party U.S. politician, served as Governor of Kansas from 1991 to 1995. She was the first woman to hold that post. From 1975 to 1991, she served as State Treasurer. From 1970 to 1972, she served as Commissioner of Elections in Shawnee County. From 1953 to 1969, she served on the staff of Republican U.S. Senator Frank Carlson. February 12 is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1925 was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... July 28 is the 209th day (210th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 156 days remaining. ... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... This is an alphabetical listing of people who served as Governor for either Kansas Territory or the State of Kansas. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1975 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1970 was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1972 was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... Shawnee County (standard abbreviation: SN) is a county located in the state of Kansas. ... 1953 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) , is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Frank Carlson (January 23, 1893-May 30, 1987) was theGovernor of Kansas from 1947 to 1950 and a U.S. Senator from 1950 to 1969. ...
Finney's daughter, Mary Holladay, said the former governor died at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Topeka, where she was taken Friday because of complications from liver cancer.
Finney fought to let voters put proposed laws and constitutional amendments on the ballot without going through the Legislature, but lawmakers rejected her proposals to amend the state Constitution to allow initiatives and referendums.
Finney was born Feb. 12, 1925, in Topeka, the youngest of three girls.
JoanFinney, the feisty populist who switched political parties and went on to become the first female governor of Kansas, died Saturday afternoon at age 76.
Finney got her start in politics as a Republican, beginning in 1953 in the Washington office of Sen. Frank Carlson, R-Kan. She later was his top administrative aide in Kansas and worked for him until he retired in 1969.
Finney also was a strong supporter of the concept of public initiative, which would enable ordinary citizens to petition to place issues on the ballot for a statewide vote.
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