Spouse: Gov. Ted Strickland
Frances Strickland's Web Site
Frances Strickland, First Lady of Ohio, was born in Simpsonville, Kentucky, where she grew up on a dairy farm. She attended Murray State University, the University of Colorado, and the University of Kentucky, where she earned a doctorate in educational psychology.
The first lady and her husband, Governor Ted Strickland, first met in 1974 at the University of Kentucky, where they shared a small office while working toward a psychology doctoral degree. Dr. Strickland has devoted herself to a lifelong career as an educational psychologist. She is the author of a widely-used screening test for kindergartners, as well as a children’s book, The Little Girl Who Grew Up To Be Governor.
The first lady and Governor Strickland share a vision for a better future for the people of Ohio. They have been married for more than 19 years.