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Obama Cabinet Pick Napolitano Gives Arizona a Republican Governor
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President-elect Barack Obama's announcement Monday that Gov. Janet Napolitano is his choice to head the Department of Homeland Security means a Republican will move into the governor's office.

Arizona does not have a lieutenant governor, so the Democratic governor's midterm departure -- if she is confirmed as secretary of homeland security -- means she will be succeeded by Secretary of State Jan Brewer, a Republican in a state that leans toward the GOP....

The turnover won't occur before late January at the earliest because Napolitano said she doesn't plan to step down as governor until the U.S. Senate confirms her appointment....


Napolitano, 51, would be departing after six years as Arizona governor and midway through her second four-year term. She previously served as Arizona attorney general and U.S. attorney for Arizona....

Brewer, 64, is a veteran public officeholder, with more than two decades as a legislator, a Maricopa County supervisor and secretary of state. Brewer had a reputation as a fiscal hard-liner and conservative on social issues while a legislator in the 1980s and 1990s, so her taking over the governorship would mean a new approach from Napolitano's direction.

Napolitano has pushed for more spending for education and social services. Republican legislators charge that she rammed through spending that the state cannot afford. Napolitano also has been a liberal on some social issues, including abortion rights, and pushed for strong state action on environmental initiatives.

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