KAY A. ORR was born in Burlington, Iowa. She attended the University of Iowa. In 1963, she moved with her family to Lincoln Nebraska, where she became a leader in the Republican Party at the local, state, and national levels. She was elected as a delegate to the national conventions of 1976, 1980, 1984, and 1988. She served as the co-chair of the party’s platform committee in 1984 and was the committee chair for 1988. She was Nebraska’s first female governor, and the first female Republician governor in the United States. She was Nebraska State Treasurer from 1981 to 1986, and regional vice president of the National Association of the State Treasurers. She served on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricuture Research and Extension Users Advisory Board, and on the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She was a member of the Commission of Presidential Debates.