Gov. Jan BrewerFormer Governor of Arizona
Janice K. Brewer took the oath of office as Governor of Arizona on January 21, 2009. Prior to becoming Arizona’s 22nd Governor, she led a distinguished career of public service – guided by her devotion to family, faith in God and love of country.<br /> <br /> She was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives, where she served until 1987. Following that, she ran for and was elected to the Arizona State Senate. She served until 1996, including a four year period as Majority Whip.<br /> <br /> In 1996, Ms. Brewer was elected to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. She inherited a local government bogged down so deeply in debt that it was using short term borrowing just to meet cash flow. Ms. Brewer was elected Board Chairwoman in 1998 and again in 2001. By the conclusion of her term in 2002, she and her fellow Supervisors had executed a financial turnaround so dramatic that Governing Magazine proclaimed Maricopa County “one of the two best managed large counties in the nation.”<br /> <br /> After serving two terms with the county, Ms. Brewer was elected Arizona Secretary of State in 2002. In this role, she led pioneering new efforts to assist voting by American military service members deployed overseas, and helped institute tough new regulations mandating ID at the polls.<br /> <br /> Ms. Brewer became Governor in January 2009 following the resignation of Governor Janet Napolitano. Ms. Brewer – now Governor Brewer – would call upon each of the lessons from her upbringing and the entirety of her experience in public service. Governor Brewer took control of a State budget crisis deemed the nation’s worst, as well as an economy bleeding jobs by the tens of thousands. She vowed to bring Arizona back from the brink. And she did.