Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said today that she will not seek re-election, saying it was time for her to pass the torch of leadership.
As Arizona secretary of state, Brewer automatically succeeded Janet Napolitano as governor in 2009 when the Democrat became President Barack Obama’s Homeland Security secretary. Brewer, a Republican, was elected in her own right in 2010 and is in the final year of that term.
PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer, who developed an international reputation for her vociferous attacks on illegal immigration, is ending her career as an elected politician at the end of the year.
But she’s not retiring from politics.
Brewer made the formal announcement this morning at Park Meadows Elementary School in North Phoenix. She chose the site because it is where two of her children went and, as a parent, she first got interested in politics and considered running for school board.
But Brewer instead took advantage of an offer by her husband, John, to finance a 1982 campaign for the Arizona House. And almost 26 years later from the date she became a legislator, Brewer slid into the office of governor — a post she said she never ever thought to seek — when incumbent Janet Napolitano quit to become Homeland Security secretary in the Obama administration.
The governor took no questions after the long-anticipated announcement, ending months of speculation she would wage a bid for a legally questionable third term.
(Source: Capital Media Service)