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Homeland Security - Janet Napolitano (Announced)
12.1.08, 03:08 PM CST
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‹‹ Attorney General - Eric Holder (Announced) Secretary of HHS - Tom Daschle (Unofficial) ››

As the current Governor of Arizona, Janet Napolitano is the third female to hold that position and the first to win reelection. In 2005 she was named by Time magazine as one of the five best governors in the U.S.

A native of New York City and graduate of Santa Clara University and the University of Virginia Law School, Ms. Napolitano served as a Law clerk in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Phoenix in the early 1980s. She served as an attorney at a top Arizona Law Firm from 1984 to 1993 and became a firm partner in 1989. In 1991, Ms. Napolitano served as attorney for Anita Hill during the Senate confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.

From 1993 to 1998, Ms. Napolitano served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, having been appointed by President Bill Clinton. In 1998 she was elected to become Arizona’s attorney general and spoke two years later at the 2000 Democratic National Convention.

In 2002, Ms. Napolitano won Arizona’s gubernatorial election by a margin of 46 to 45 percent and became the first woman in the United States to succeed another elected female governor. She was initially considered a possible running mate choice of John Kerry in 2004. In 2006 she won reelection for Governor in a landslide. Due to term limits she cannot run for reelection in 2012.

In January of 2008, Ms. Napolitano endorsed Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for President.

‹‹ Attorney General - Eric Holder (Announced) Secretary of HHS - Tom Daschle (Unofficial) ››