She is a Republican politician and author who served as the 50th Governor of New Jersey, from 1994 to 2001, and was the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in the administration of President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003. She was New Jersey's first and, to date, only female governor. She was the second woman and first Republican woman to defeat an incumbent governor in a general election in the United States. She was also the first Republican woman to be reelected governor.
She is on several corporate boards as well as the National Task Force on Rule of Law and Democracy, spearheaded by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. This task force’s goal is developing “implementable solutions to restore trust in government”. The nonpartisan task force is being headed by Whitman and Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York who was controversially fired from his post when he refused Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ request to resign.