In 1925 Miriam A. Ferguson became the first woman in Texas, and the second woman in the nation, to serve as governor. Her husband James Ferguson served as Governor of Texas from 1915 to 1917. However, he was impeached, convicted, and removed from office during his second term. As part of his conviction he was not allowed to hold state office in Texas again. After her husband’s impeachment and conviction, “Ma” Ferguson ran as a Democrat for the office. Against the odds, Ma Ferguson was elected. She ran for re-election but was twice defeated in the primaries. However, in 1932 she ran again and narrowly won the Democratic nomination over incumbent Ross S. Sterling and went on to soundly defeat Republican Orville Bullington in the general election.