Janet Napolitano

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Janet Napolitano
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21st Governor of Arizona
From: January 6, 2003 – January 20, 2009
Predecessor Jane Dee Hull
Successor Janice K. Brewer
Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security
From: January 21, 2009-September 6, 2013
President Barack Hussein Obama
Predecessor Michael Chertoff
Successor Jeh Johnson
23rd Attorney General of Arizona
From: 1999–2002
Governor Jane Dee Hull
Predecessor Grant Woods
Successor Terry Goddard
Party Democrat
Spouse(s) none
Religion Methodist

Janet Ann Napolitano, is president of the University of California system since September 2013, shortly after she resigned as Secretary of Homeland Security.

Napolitano is a lawyer who began her career in 1983 as a clerk for Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.[1] She served one term as Arizona Attorney General and four years as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona. [2] She then served as Governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009. She served as Secretary of Homeland Security in the Obama Administration from 2009 to 2013.


Napolitano often proclaimed her commitment to public education, a safe homeland, a secure border, sensible economic development, affordable health care, and a government run efficiently and responsibly.


When Governor Napolitano took office in 2003, Arizona faced a billion-dollar deficit, the worst financial crisis in its history. She turned that deficit into a record billion-dollar surplus, without raising taxes, but she leaves with the state finances in even worse shape than when she began.

She tried to accelerate Arizona's prosperity through incentives for angel investment, tax relief for hi-tech manufacturers who create jobs in the state, and by signing into law one of the largest business property tax relief measures in Arizona history. And she eased the tax burden on Arizona families through a $370 million income and property tax relief package.


She secured sweeping reforms and funding for Arizona's Child Protective Services system and created a new grade level in school by offering voluntary full-day kindergarten to every child. She secured a historic $100 million teacher salary increase to keep Arizona's teacher unions in her camp.

She promoted Science Foundation Arizona to foster innovation, science and research, and partnered with business to support the expansion of Arizona's core sectors while growing and developing the state's bioscience and high-tech industries.


Governor Napolitano was a national leader in addressing illegal immigration. As U.S. Attorney, she supervised the prosecution of more than 6,000 illegal immigration cases. As state Attorney General she helped write the law to break up human smuggling rings. As Ex-Governor, she was the first to call for the National Guard at the border at federal expense, and today, more than 2,400 National Guard members from around the country are stationed at the border providing critical support to the Border Patrol. She's led the effort to redesign Arizona's ports of entry to better detect illegal cross border activity and has deployed new technology to track stolen vehicles that transport illegal immigrants and drugs on Arizona's highways.

Arizona implemented the first state homeland security strategy in the nation and developed the Arizona Counter-Terrorism Information Center, a 24/7 multi-agency intelligence fusion center that tracks and shares critical data used to keep our cities and our borders safe.

Health care

Responding aggressively to Arizona's health care needs, Ex-Governor Napolitano took great strides to expand access for all Arizonans. To address the critical shortage of doctors in Arizona, Ex-Governor Napolitano worked closely with the Universities to break ground on Phoenix's first medical school, although it is controversial. She partnered with the private sector to create one of the nation's first free prescription drug discount cards, the Arizona CoppeRx Card, which has saved seniors more than $15 million to date.


While Governor, Napolitano chaired the National Governors Association. She is the past chair of the Western Governors’ Association.

University of California

As President of the University of California system, Napolitano supervises all of the campuses, which have their own administrations. The UC system started several initiatives when she became president. The UC Global Food Initiative seeks to improve the world's food supply, and provides scholarships for students studying these problems. Faculty will be encouraged to commercialize technology with a new internal UC venture capital fund. UC will become carbon-neutral by 2025. The process for students transferring from California Community Colleges was streamlined. The UC Mexico Initiative strengthens ties with Universities in Mexico. Finally, Napolitano has committed $5 million per year to assist undocumented students.[3]

Under her administration, the University implemented a computer surveillance system.[4][5] Critics fear that this hardware can be used to monitor all network traffic, including academics' emails. Despite internal criticism, the decision to install the monitoring hardware was kept secret until January 2016, when a number of professors challenged it in a public letter.[6]


  1. Biography of President Napolitano. Retrieved on February 9, 2016.
  2. http://azgovernor.gov/BioJN.asp Janet Napolitano - Governor of Arizona Bio
  3. President Napolitano’s first year: Summary of activities and accomplishments (PDF) (Sept. 28, 2014). Retrieved on February 8, 2016.
  4. Same Old Dog, Same Old Tricks: University President, JANET NAPOLITANO, Caught Spying on University Staff, Clarice Palmer
  5. Cal professors fear UC bosses will snoop on them. San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved on February 6, 2016.
  6. UCOP Ordered Spyware Installed on UC Data Networks. Retrieved on February 6, 2016.

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