- Janet Napolitano
office=Governor of Arizona
January 6, 2003
Jane Dee Hull
* U.S Attorney GeneralDistrict= Arizona
birth_date= birth date and age|1957|11|29
New York City, New York
Santa Clara University, University of Virginia
Janet Napolitano (b.
November 29, 1957) is the current governor of the U.S. stateof Arizona, and a member of the Democratic Party, originally elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. She is Arizona's third female governor, and the first woman to win re-election. In November 2005, "Time" magazine named her one of the five best governors in the U.S.cite news |first=Amanda |last=Ripley | coauthor= Tumulty, Karen |title=America's 5 Best Governors |date= 2005-11-13|publisher="Time Magazine" |url=http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1129494,00.html |accessdate=2008-03-06] She served as the Chair of the National Governors Association in 2006-2007. [ [http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.6c9a8a9ebc6ae07eee28aca9501010a0/?vgnextoid=d85f27e75b8ec010VgnVCM1000001a01010aRCRD National Governors Association ] ] In February 2006, Napolitano was named by The White House Projectas one of "8 in '08", a group of eight female politicians who could possibly run and/or be elected president in 2008. [cite press release
title=8 for ’08 : The White House Project and Parade Announce Eight Female Candidates for 2008 Presidency
The White House Project
quote=] Her placement on this list resulted in some speculation that she might be the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2008.cite news |first=Liz |last=Sidoti |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Governors seem a pool of likely VP candidates|url=http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2004197971_veepstakes24.html?syndication=rss |work= |publisher=
Seattle Times|date= 2008-02-24|accessdate=2008-03-06 ] [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Report: Ritter, others getting VP buzz |url=http://www.denverpost.com/ci_8363072?source=rss |work= |publisher= Denver Post|date= 2008-02-26|accessdate=2008-03-06 ]
Napolitano was born in
New York Cityto Jane Marie Winer and Leonard Michael Napolitano, who was the Dean of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. [ [http://www.wargs.com/political/napolitano.html Ancestry of Janet Napolitano ] ] She has two siblings, older brother, Leonard Michael Jr. and Nancy Angela Haunstein. She has partial Italian heritage on her father's side and was raised a Methodistin Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she graduated from Sandia High Schoolin Albuquerque in 1975 and was voted Most Likely to Succeed. She graduated from Santa Clara Universityin Santa Clara, California, where she won a Truman Scholarship, and then from the University of Virginia School of Law( Juris Doctor). Napolitano is a member of the Democratic Party. Her early professional career was as an attorney at Phoenix law firm Lewis and Roca and as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona.
In 1991, while a partner with the private Phoenix law firm Lewis and Roca LLP, Napolitano served as attorney for
Anita Hill. Anita Hill testified in the U.S. Senate that then U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomashad addressed her inappropriately ten years earlier when she was his subordinate at the federal EEOC.
In 1993, Napolitano was appointed by
President Bill Clintonas United States attorneyfor the District of Arizona. As U.S. attorney, she was involved in the investigation of Michael Fortier of Kingman, Arizona, in connection to the Oklahoma City bombing. She ran for and won the position of state attorney generalin 1998. Her tenure focused on consumer protection issues and improving general law enforcement.
She won the gubernatorial election of 2002 with 46 percent of the vote, succeeding Republican
Jane Dee Hulland defeating her Republican opponent, former congressman Matt Salmon, who received 45 percent of the vote. Napolitano was the first female US governor to succeed another.Fact|date=September 2007 Some initially considered Napolitano to be a possible running mate for presidential candidate Sen. John Kerryin the 2004 U.S. presidential election but Sen. John Edwardswas selected instead.
In November 2006, Napolitano won the gubernatorial election of 2006, defeating the Republican challenger, Len Munsil, by a nearly 2-1 ratio. In January of 2006, she won the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service.
She is currently a member of the
Democratic Governors AssociationExecutive Committee. Furthermore, she has also served previously as Chair of the Western Governors Association, and the National Governors Association. She served as NGA Chair from 2006 to 2007, and was the first female governor and first governor of Arizona ever to serve in that position.
On January 11, 2008, Napolitano endorsed
Barack Obamaas the Democratic nominee for President. [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Arizona Governor Endorses Obama |url=http://cbs2chicago.com/campaign08/napolitano.endorse.obama.2.627722.html |work= |publisher= |date= 2008-01-11|accessdate=2008-03-06 ]
In the 2010 Elections, Napolitano is term-limited, so some say she is considering challenging
John McCainfor his U.S. Senateseat or running for the open seat should McCain retire or be elected President in 2008. She had also been seen as a possible Vice-Presidential candidate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obamain 2008, prior to Obama's selection of Delaware Senator Joe Biden.
Napolitano advocates education and immigration reform. As a Democratic governor, Napolitano sought funding for the
public educationsystem, health care programs, teachers pay, state government workers pay, and prison employees pay.cite news |first=Mike |last=Sunnucks |title=Conservative group gives Napolitano an 'F' in spending |date= 2006-10-20|publisher="Phoenix Business Journal" |url=http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/stories/2006/10/16/daily48.html ] She signed legislation that offered voluntary full day kindergartenthroughout Arizona. Napolitano opened the nation’s first state counter-terrorism center,Fact|date=March 2008 signed legislation for a prescription drug card for seniors and signed into law property and income tax cuts, which were proposed by the Republican legislature.
Every budget Napolitano has signed has been balanced. However, the projected 2008 budget has a deficit of $1 billion. [cite web |url=http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/stories/2008/01/07/daily12.html |title=Arizona budget deficit doesn't dissuade push on property tax cut |accessdate=2008-02-05 |format= |work=]
Napolitano received a low grade from the libertarian
Cato Institutefor fiscal spending, citing the fact that her budgets annually increased spending by an average of 6% over the previous year's total. Napolitano's position on budget issues has been to defend education spending as "investing in what matters", citing the benefits of academic achievement and economic growth.Fact|date=February 2008 Faced with a conservative Republican majority in both houses of the Arizona Legislature, she issued her 115th vetoon June 6, 2006, breaking the record previously held by former Governor Bruce Babbitt. By the end of June 2006 her veto total had grown to 127 vetoes. [cite news |first=Matthew |last=Benson |coauthors=Marcum, Karissa |title=Governor vetoes 9 of final 28 bills |date= 2006-06-29|publisher=Arizona Republic |url=http://www.azcentral.com/specials/special12//articles/0629vetoed-signed0629.html ] Time Magazinenamed Napolitano one of the five best governors in the nation. In a " Washington Post" op-ed, she explained her belief that the topic of illegal immigration was urgent and needed to be solved through comprehensive federal reform. ["The Myth of Amnesty;The Senate Immigration Bill vs. a Disastrous Status Quo", " Washington Post" Op-Ed.] In another op-ed in the " Arizona Republic" Napolitano was critical of sections of the federal proposal debated at that time, saying that, "As a border state governor and a former attorney general and United States attorney, I can already spot issues that make key provisions of the compromise impracticable and ineffective." [AP, May 22, 2007] She was the first governor to call for the US National Guard to be placed at the U.S.-Mexico borderat federal expense and succeed.Fact|date=September 2007 In July 2007, she signed state legislation designed to penalize employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. Previously, when Arizona's voters passed Proposition 200, which would not allow illegal immigrants to collect welfare benefits, Napolitano opposed the measure.
Election box candidate with party link
party = Democratic Party (US)
candidate = Janet Napolitano
votes = 499,284
percentage = 46.2
change = +0.9Election box candidate with party link
party = Republican Party (US)
votes = 478,935
percentage = 45.3
Election box candidate with party link
party = Democratic Party (US)
candidate = Janet Napolitano (Incumbent)
votes = 959,830
percentage = 62.6
change = +16.4Election box candidate with party link
party = Republican Party (US)
votes = 543,528
percentage = 35.4
Arizona gubernatorial election, 2006
* AHCCCS: Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (state
* AIMS: Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (state standardized test for high school students)
Western Governors UniversityNapolitano served on the board until 2008.
* David Brock, "The Real Anita Hill" http://www.uiowa.edu/~030116/153/articles/brock01.htm
* [http://www.usatoday.com/news/politicselections/2002-11-11-napolitano-usat_x.htm Democrat attorney general finally wins in 'ugliest race'] , Tom Squitieri, "USA Today",
November 11, 2002
* [http://www.cbsnews.com/elements/2004/07/23/in_depth_politics/whoswho631596_0_12_person.shtml Janet Napolitano] "CBS News",
July 23, 2004
* [http://www.azcentral.com/specials/special12/articles/0111gov-grid11.html Impact of Napolitano's goals] "The Arizona Republic",
January 11, 2005
* [http://www.governor.state.az.us/ Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano] official state site
* [http://www.janet2006.com/ Janet Napolitano for Governor] official 2006 campaign site
** [http://azgovernor.gov/BioJN.asp biography]
* [http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.29fab9fb4add37305ddcbeeb501010a0/?vgnextoid=d008224971c81010VgnVCM1000001a01010aRCRD National Governors Association - Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano] biography
* [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?si=20064&c=430170 Follow the Money - Janet Napolitano] 2006 campaign contributions
* [http://www.ontheissues.org/Janet_Napolitano.htm On the Issues - Janet Napolitano] issue positions and quotes
* [http://www.npr.org/templates/rundowns/rundown.php?prgId=35 NPR's Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me] guest on 'Not My Job' segment
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