Jan Brewer’s Retirement Will End a 17-Year Dynasty of Women Governors in Arizona

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer talks to the news media after voting in the Republican presidential primary February 28, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.
National Journal
Dustin Volz
Add to Briefcase
Dustin Volz
March 12, 2014, 12:02 p.m.

Ari­zona Gov. Jan Brew­er an­nounced Wed­nes­day she would not seek a third term as gov­ernor of her state, quiet­ing a pos­sible rift with­in the state Re­pub­lic­an Party and put­ting an end to a po­ten­tial fight over the state con­sti­tu­tion.

But Brew­er step­ping aside does more than sig­nal the de­par­ture of a mer­cur­i­al gov­ernor who ar­gu­ably has grabbed more na­tion­al head­lines over the past five years than any oth­er state’s chief ex­ec­ut­ive (and cer­tainly more than any who hasn’t been looked at as a pres­id­en­tial con­tender). It also brings to end a re­mark­able 17-year stretch of fe­male gov­ernors in Ari­zona that spanned across three ad­min­is­tra­tions and party lines.

Janet Na­pol­it­ano, a Demo­crat, ran the state from 2003 to 2009 after slowly climb­ing the state’s polit­ic­al lad­der, which in­cluded a stop along the way as state at­tor­ney gen­er­al. Be­fore Na­pol­it­ano, who resigned in 2009 to head the Home­land Se­cur­ity De­part­ment, Jane Hull, a Re­pub­lic­an, presided over Ari­zona be­gin­ning in 1997, after Fife Sym­ing­ton was forced to resign amid scan­dal.

Ari­zona will still hold the re­cord, at four, for the state with most fe­male gov­ernors (Rose Mof­ford, also a Demo­crat, im­me­di­ately pre­ceded Sym­ing­ton). But with Brew­er out of the pic­ture the state will al­most cer­tainly elect a male gov­ernor in 2014.

Voters have a laun­dry list of can­did­ates on the Re­pub­lic­an side, but the three heavy­weights — Mesa May­or Scott Smith, Ari­zona Sec­ret­ary of State Ken Ben­nett, and former Cold Stone Cream­ery CEO Doug Ducey — are all white men. Former GoDaddy ex­ec­ut­ive Christine Jones, a Re­pub­lic­an, is run­ning, but is new to the polit­ic­al arena and not re­garded as a ser­i­ous threat to the more es­tab­lished front-run­ners.

And Demo­crats have, so far, largely co­alesced be­hind Fred DuVal, former chair­man of the state’s Board of Re­gents.

Al­though Brew­er’s de­cision was largely ex­pec­ted by many ob­serv­ers in the state, the cal­cu­lat­ing gov­ernor has made a habit of sur­pris­ing friends and en­emies alike. She had re­peatedly in­sisted that her first two-year term did not pre­clude her from run­ning for a third term, which a voter-ap­proved con­sti­tu­tion­al amend­ment pro­hib­its.

But whatever her reas­on for an­noun­cing she won’t run, the end of Brew­er’s six-year stew­ard­ship closes a riv­et­ing chapter of the state’s his­tory — one marked by a heated de­bate on il­leg­al im­mig­ra­tion and bills passed by the state­house that of­ten left the rest of the coun­try either con­fused or out­raged. And it ends an im­press­ive reign of fe­male lead­er­ship not seen any­where else in the coun­try.

What We're Following See More »
STARTS LEGAL FUND FOR WH STAFF
Trump to Begin Covering His Own Legal Bills
1 days ago
THE DETAILS
DISCUSSED THE MATTER FOR A NEW BOOK
Steele Says Follow the Money
1 days ago
STAFF PICKS

"Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence officer who wrote the explosive dossier alleging ties between Donald Trump and Russia," says in a new book by The Guardian's Luke Harding that "Trump's land and hotel deals with Russians needed to be examined. ... Steele did not go into further detail, Harding said, but seemed to be referring to a 2008 home sale to the Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev. Richard Dearlove, who headed the UK foreign-intelligence unit MI6 between 1999 and 2004, said in April that Trump borrowed money from Russia for his business during the 2008 financial crisis."

Source:
BRITISH PUBLICIST CONNECTED TO TRUMP TOWER MEETING
Goldstone Ready to Meet with Mueller’s Team
1 days ago
THE LATEST

"The British publicist who helped set up the fateful meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a group of Russians at Trump Tower in June 2016 is ready to meet with Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's office, according to several people familiar with the matter. Rob Goldstone has been living in Bangkok, Thailand, but has been communicating with Mueller's office through his lawyer, said a source close to Goldstone."

Source:
SPEAKING ON RUSSIAN STATE TV
Kislyak Says Trump Campaign Contacts Too Numerous to List
1 days ago
THE LATEST

"Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak said on Wednesday that it would take him more than 20 minutes to name all of the Trump officials he's met with or spoken to on the phone. ... Kislyak made the remarks in a sprawling interview with Russia-1, a popular state-owned Russian television channel."

Source:
“BLOWING A SURE THING”
Sabato Moves Alabama to “Lean Democrat”
2 days ago
WHY WE CARE
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login