Jan Brewer

Born:September 26, 1944 (age 79)
Career:Governor of Arizona, 2009-2015
Arizona secretary of state, 2003-2008
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, 1997-2002
Arizona state senator, 1987-1996
Arizona state representative, 1983-1986

Janice K. Brewer assumed office as Arizona governor in January of 2009, after Governor Janet Napolitano resigned to accept an appointment as secretary of homeland security, and served as governor until 2015. Because Arizona state law limits office holders to two consecutive terms, regardless of whether they serve full or partial terms, she was ineligible to run for governor in 2014.

Brewer was born on September 26, 1944, in Hollywood, California. She received her radiological technologist certification from Glendale Community College in Glendale, California. She moved to Arizona in 1970 after her marriage.

Brewer served on Arizona's State Legislature for 14 years, first as a state representative (1983-1986) and then as a state senator (1987-1996). She sponsored legislation that created the first living will statute in the nation. After her time on the legislature, Brewer served on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors from 1997-2002 and as Arizona's secretary of state from 2003-2009.


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