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  Napolitano, Janet
<-  2009-01-20  
NameJanet Napolitano
AddressP.O. Box 2525
Phoenix, Arizona 85002-2525, United States
Website [Link]
Born November 29, 1957 (62 years)
ContributorClassical Liberal
Last ModifedBarack O-blame-a
Nov 22, 2012 08:49pm
Tags Caucasian - Italian - Moderate-to-Liberal - Anti Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Anti Marijuana Legalization - Government Reform - Health Care Reform - Jobs/Industrial Growth - Pro Environment - Pro-Affirmative Action - Pro-Capital Punishment - Pro-Choice - Pro-Labor - Single - Catholic - Christian - Disputed -
InfoJanet Napolitano was sworn in as Arizona?s 21st Governor on January 6, 2003. Her story is symbolic of the success that so many Arizonans have found in this state.

Like millions of fellow Arizonans, Janet Napolitano is a transplant, having been born in New York City and raised first in Pittsburgh and then in Albuquerque. Growing up, she enjoyed the company of her energetic parents, brother and sister, and she pursued a wide variety of interests. In 1974, Janet was sworn in as New Mexico?s lieutenant governor ? sort of ? at New Mexico Girl?s State. As a teenager she became an accomplished guitar player, and won recognition as Sandia High School?s most talented musician.

After graduating from Sandia High in 1975, she went to California to attend Santa Clara University. There, she won the prestigious Truman Scholarship, and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in political science. Janet then attended law school at the University of Virginia.

After graduating from law school in 1983, Janet chose Arizona to build her career, and she has never looked back. She clerked for U.S. Appeals Court Judge Mary Schroeder, then took a position with the Phoenix lawfirm Lewis and Roca, where she became partner in 1989. During that time, she argued many pivotal cases, including successfully arguing before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that churches should be protected from governmental searches in the now-famous Sanctuary case.

In 1993, President Clinton nominated Janet Napolitano to serve as United States Attorney for the District of Arizona. As U.S. Attorney, she helped land $65 million in federal funds to put more police on Arizona's streets, helped the state respond to the Amtrak derailment near Phoenix, and helped manage the portion of the Oklahoma City bombing investigation that focused on Tim McVeigh's activities in Kingman.

In 1998 Arizona voters elected her Attorney General of Arizona. Ever the precedent-setter, Janet was the first woman to hold this position. As Attorney General, her constitutional and statutory responsibilities included representing state agencies, prosecuting death penalty appeals and other high profile criminal cases, and providing consumer protection services.

Beyond those duties, she distinguished herself as a fierce protector of children and a tireless advocate for women, senior citizens and the environment. Janet reorganized her staff to reduce the backlog of nearly 6,000 unresolved child abuse and neglect cases. She also established a cutting edge cyber-crimes investigative unit to prosecute those who would use the Internet to prey on children and others in society.

Senior citizens found an advocate in Janet, as she advised them on how to find affordable prescription drugs and vigorously prosecuting scam artists who target senior citizens. She also created the first Office for Women inside the Attorney General?s Office, making issues affecting women a top priority.

In 2002, Janet took her passion for consumer advocacy back to the voters as a candidate for Governor. She campaigned on the commitment to be Governor for all Arizonans, with a realistic plan to balance the state?s unprecedented $1 billion budget deficit, get the economy moving again, and save Arizona?s deteriorating public schools.

Her candidacy attracted a broad coalition of supporters, from all ethnic and age groups, in rural and urban communities and from both political parties. In November, she won a spirited, four-way race to be Arizona?s chief executive.

On January 6, she was sworn in as Arizona?s 21st Governor ? and as America?s first woman to succeed another woman as a state?s governor.

While she is respected as an energetic worker, Janet is also known for her recreational pursuits. Foremost, she is a diehard fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and enjoys rooting for the Arizona Cardinals, the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Coyotes, and the many teams who call themselves Wildcats, Sun Devils and Lumberjacks.

To get away from it all, Janet is an avid hiker and river rafter. She has hiked trails throughout Arizona and around the world, once having scaled Tanzania?s Mt. Kilimanjaro, and backpacked in the Himilayan mountains of Nepal.

Janet?s family continues to be an important part of her life. Her father, Dr. Leonard Napolitano, is the retired dean of the University of New Mexico college of medicine, who lives in Albuquerque and visits Janet frequently. Her nephews and nieces enjoy keeping up with ?Aunt Janet?s? career, particularly 12-year-old Carrie, who follows Janet?s accomplishments on the Internet and enjoys giving political advice when it?s warranted.

DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
01/28/2011-01/30/2011 Public Policy Polling 40.00% ( 0.0) 55.00% ( 0.0) 5.00% ( 0.0)
11/20/2008-11/22/2008 Arizona State University 76.00% ( 0.0) 19.00% ( 2.0) 5.00% ( 2.0)
04/24/2008-04/27/2008 Arizona State University 76.00% ( 4.0) 17.00% ( 6.0) 7.00% ( 2.0)
11/12/2007-11/15/2007 Behavior Research Center 60.00% ( 0.0) 11.00% ( 26.0) 21.00% ( 18.0)
09/14/2006-09/17/2006 Survey USA 61.00% ( 3.0) 36.00% ( 2.0) 3.00% ( 1.0)
07/14/2006-07/16/2006 Survey USA 58.00% ( 0.0) 38.00% ( 0.0) 4.00% ( 1.0)
06/15/2006-06/18/2006 Arizona State University 72.00% ( 1.0) 23.00% ( 1.0) 5.00% ( 0.0)
06/09/2006-06/11/2006 Survey USA 58.00% ( 9.0) 38.00% ( 9.0) 3.00% ( 1.0)
04/20/2006-04/23/2006 Arizona State University 73.00% ( 4.0) 22.00% ( 3.0) 5.00% ( 7.0)
02/10/2006-02/12/2006 Survey USA 67.00% ( 2.0) 29.00% ( 3.0) 4.00% ( 0.0)

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Start Date End Date Type Title Contributor

Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Dec 28, 2009 08:00pm News Detroit plane fiasco shows $50B intelligence machine is NOT working; Feds must step up fight  Article Scott³ 
Dec 28, 2009 08:00pm Blog Entry Resign, Napolitano  Article Scott³ 
May 27, 2009 02:35pm News Napolitano: 9/11 terrorists did not enter US from Canada  Article Scott³ 
Apr 24, 2009 06:00pm Editorial Napolitano makes Bush administration look well informed  Article Monsieur 
Jan 01, 2009 05:00am Commentary Changing of the Guard  Article kal 
Jun 19, 2008 03:00pm News AZ gov says vital services continue without budget  Article Thomas Walker 

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