Jane Dee Hull

Born:August 8, 1935 (age 84)
Career:Governor of Arizona, 1997-2003
Secretary of State of Arizona, 1995-1997
Arizona House of Representatives, 1979-1993
Speaker of Arizona House of Representatives, 1989-1992
Education:B.A., University of Kansas
J.D., Arizona State University

Jane Dee Hull served as governor of Arizona from 1997 to 2003.

Born on August 8, 1935, in Kansas City, Missouri, Hull earned a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Kansas and a J.D. from Arizona State University. After graduation, she worked as an elementary school teacher before moving to Arizona.

Hull began her career in public service by getting involved with Republican women's groups and volunteering on political campaigns. She served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 1979 to 1993, serving as the speaker of the House from 1989 to 1992. She served as secretary of state of Arizona from 1995 to 1997. She assumed the role of governor in 1997 after the resignation of Governor Fife Symington, and was then elected to that office in 1998. That election marked the first time in the United States that all five of the top elected executive offices in one state were held by women: Hull; Betsey Bayless, secretary of state; Janet Napolitano, attorney general; Carol Springer, treasurer; and Lisa Graham Keegan, superintendent of public instruction. Hull was unable to run for another term due to term limits.