Vesta Roy served as a Rockingham County Commissioner, state representative, and state senator from 1979-1986. As senate president at the time of Governor Hugh Gallen's death, she served as governor for seven days prior to the swearing in of Governor John H. Sununu. While not the first elected woman governor in New Hampshire, she was the first female to hold that position.
To her colleagues, however, she was best known as a respected and confident leader who encouraged others to engage in the political process. Her well-known slogan was the same in every campaign, "Privileged to have served at the state, county and local level".