When the US Senate confirmed then-Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as Secretary of Homeland Security, she resigned as chief executive of the Grand Canyon State, yielding that job to the state’s then-Secretary of State, Jan Brewer. Just as a Republican woman succeed Napolitano, so did a Republican woman, Jane Dee Hull, precede Napolitano.
I believe that when Napolitano succeeded Hull in 2003, she was the first woman to succeed another woman as governor of a state.Â And now it’s happened again.Â No state has ever had three consecutive female governors.Â
Indeed, I would daresay that no state has even had three female governors.*Â Governor Brewer is Arizona’s fourth (Rose Mofford held office from 1988 to 1991).Â In the past twenty years, Fife Symington is the only man to serve as Arizona Governor.
Brewer joins other Republican women as chief executives of their states, Linda Lingle of Hawai’i, Jodi Rell of Connecticut and Sarah Palin in Alaska.Â Let’s hope Mrs. Brewer governs in the spirit of that great lady from the Last Frontier.
*Connecticut, Texas and Washington State have had two.