Janet Napolitano was elected Arizona’s 21st governor in 2002. During her administration she focused on education, economy, and the environment. Prior to this election Napolitano was nominated by President Bill Clinton to serve as U.S Attorney for the District of Arizona. She was later elected to be attorney general for Arizona, and became the first woman to hold this position. Napolitano resigned from office in 2009 to accept the appointment as U.S Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
How Janet has Helped Arizona
Janet Napolitano was elected as the governor of Arizona in 2002 and reelected in 2006. As governor, she converted a $1 billion budget deficit in 2003 into a $300 million surplus by 2006 without raising state taxes. Time named her one of the top five U.S. governors, and from 2006-2007, she was a chair of the National Governors Association. As governor, she was an advocate for education and border security and showed this by implementing voluntary full-day kindergarten as well as crackdown on employers who hired undocumented workers. She is the third Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and is leading our nation’s collective efforts to secure our country from the threats we face – from terrorism to natural disasters.