Draupadi Murmu born on 20 June 1958 in Uparbeda village of Kusumi block was sworn in as the first woman Governor of Jharkhand. Jharkhand may have a non-tribal as the chief minister, but the state got a tribal woman as its governor.
A two-time BJP MLA from Odisha, she was a Minister of State with independent charge for Commerce and Transport from March 6, 2000 to August 6, 2002 and Fisheries and Animal Resources Development from August 6, 2002 to May 16, 2004 in the Naveen Patnaik cabinet when the Biju Janata Dal ruled the state with the support of Bharatiya Janata Party. She headed the BJP’s Mayurbhanj district unit in Odisha and had represented Rairangpur in the Odisha assembly . Murmu, 56, graduated from RD Women’s College in Bhubaneswar in 1979. She was the tribal face of the BJP in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district, and has represented Rairangpur constituency twice. She also worked as a clerk in the state secretariat for some years before joining politics. She is associated with Adivasi Socio Educational and Cultural Association Rairangpur Orissa.