Christine Todd Whitman was the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. She served as the first woman governor of New Jersey from 1993 until assuming the EPA position in President Bush's cabinet in 2001.
Often mentioned as a potential vice presidential contender, Whitman heads up the socially liberal wing of the Republican Party. Unlike many elected officials in the GOP, she supports abortion rights. But she is fiscally conservative. As governor she fulfilled a campaign pledge to cut New Jersey's state income tax by 30 percent for most families.
Born Christine Temple Todd in 1946 in New York City, Whitman earned a bachelor's degree in government from Wheaton College in Massachusetts in 1968. She is married to John R. Whitman and has two children.