Ginny Johnston Goresen was born and raised in Blackwell. Her grandparents and parents were members of the Blackwell business community. Her grandparents owned Peddicord Jewelry, her mother owned the Pollyanna Clothing Store, and her father practiced law in Blackwell.
After graduating from Blackwell High School in 1978, Ginny attended the University of Oklahoma where she earned her undergraduate degree in 1982 and her law degree in 1987.
She practiced law in Oklahoma City for 20 years, before moving to The Woodlands, Texas, in 2007. While living in Texas she taught business law at Lone Star Community College.
In 2017, Ginny and her husband, Tom, a retired attorney, moved from Texas to Edmond, Oklahoma. They have two adult children, Thomas, a third-year law student at The University of Texas and Patricia, a data scientist at Cisco Systems in Raleigh, North Carolina.