Dixy Lee Ray

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Dixy Lee Ray
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17th Governor of Washington
In office
January 12, 1977 – January 14, 1981
LieutenantJohn Cherberg
Preceded byDaniel Evans
Succeeded byJohn Spellman
Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
In office
January 19, 1975 – June 20, 1975
PresidentGerald Ford
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byFrederick Irving
Chair of the Atomic Energy Commission
In office
February 6, 1973 – January 18, 1975
PresidentRichard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Preceded byJames Schlesinger
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Personal details
Born
Marguerite Ray

(1914-09-03)September 3, 1914
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
DiedJanuary 2, 1994(1994-01-02) (aged 79)
Fox Island, Washington, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationMills College (BS, MS)
Stanford University (PhD)

Dixy Lee Ray (September 3, 1914 – January 2, 1994) was an American scientist and politician. She was the 17th Governor of the U.S. state of Washington. She was the state's first female governor and was in office during the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. She was defeated in the Democratic primary in 1980 by Jim McDermott, who in turn lost the gubernatorial election to John Spellman.

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