V. S. Ramadevi was born on January 15, 1934, in Chebrolu, Andhra Pradesh, India.

She completed her education in Eluru and registered as an advocate after obtaining her M.A. LLB degree from the Andhra Pradesh High Court.

Ramadevi made history by becoming the 9th Chief Election Commissioner of India from November 26, 1990, to December 11, 1990. She was the First Woman Chief Election Commissioner.

She served as the Secretary General of the Rajya Sabha from July 1, 1993, to September 25, 1997—the first (and to date, only) woman to hold this role.

Ramadevi served as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh from July 26, 1997, to December 1, 1999.

She was also the Governor of Karnataka from December 2, 1999, to August 20, 2002.

Ramadevi’s groundbreaking achievements shattered gender barriers in Indian politics and administration.

Her tenure as Chief Election Commissioner was marked by integrity, fairness and dedication to democratic processes.

V. S. Ramadevi—a remarkable woman left an indelible mark on India’s electoral history.