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Jane Dee Hull

Jane Dee Hull
Hull in October 2001
20th Governor of Arizona
In office
September 5, 1997 – January 6, 2003
Preceded by Fife Symington
Succeeded by Janet Napolitano
16th Secretary of State of Arizona
In office
January 2, 1995 – September 5, 1997
Preceded by Richard Mahoney
Succeeded by Betsey Bayless
Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives
In office
1989 – 1992[1]
Member for the 18th district, Arizona House of Representatives
In office
Speaker pro tempore, Arizona House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1935-08-08) August 8, 1935
Kansas City, Missouri
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Terry Hull
Children 4
Alma mater University of Kansas
Arizona State University
Profession Teacher
Religion Roman Catholic

Jane Dee Hull (born August 8, 1935) was the Governor of Arizona from 1997 to 2003. She was the second woman to serve as Governor of Arizona, the first female Republican governor of the state, and the first woman to be elected to the position.


  • Biography 1
  • Legacy 2
  • Electoral history 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Born Jane Dee Bowersock in Kansas City, Missouri, Hull graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in education. She taught elementary school in Kansas and, while her husband was a public health physician there, in Navajo Nation schools at Chinle, Arizona.

She moved to Arizona in 1962, after hearing a Barry Goldwater speech.[2] She campaigned for Goldwater in the United States presidential election in 1964.[5]

Hull entered politics in 1978 by being elected to the Arizona House of Representatives as a Republican. She served for seven terms, including two as Speaker of the House, the first female Speaker in Arizona history.

In 1991, while she was Speaker, the Arizona legislature experienced a major political scandal called AZSCAM, which resulted in the resignation or removal of ten members of the House and Senate. As a result, Speaker Hull instituted a number of ethics reforms to reestablish public confidence in the legislature.

Hull was elected Arizona Secretary of State in 1994. After Governor Fife Symington was forced to resign due to a felony conviction, Hull became governor on September 5, 1997.[6] She was sworn in by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, herself a former Arizona legislator. Arizona has no lieutenant governor, so the secretary of state, if holding office by election,[7] stands first in the line of succession.

Hull was elected governor in her own right in 1998. This election was particularly significant because it was the first time in the history of the United States that all five of the top elected executive offices in one state were held by women: Hull; Betsey Bayless, secretary of state; Janet Napolitano, attorney general; Carol Springer, treasurer; and Lisa Graham Keegan, Superintendent of Public Instruction. Hull was constitutionally barred from running for a second full term in 2002 (the Arizona constitution limits the Governor to two consecutive terms, even when he or she ascends to the office in the middle of a term), and she was succeeded by Janet Napolitano, who defeated Matt Salmon.

While she was governor, Hull's relations with home state primary.[8]

After leaving office, she spent three months in New York City, as a public delegate from the United States to the United Nations General Assembly (2004).[1]


An elementary school is named for Hull in Chandler, Arizona.

Hull is known for signing the bill that resulted in the "alt-fuels" scandal of 2000. The resulting law promised car buyers up to 60 percent off new vehicles if they were converted to run on alternative fuels like propane or natural gas, yet did not properly cap the number of buyers eligible for the program, (nor did it force buyers to use the new fuels). Instead of the $10 million the program was supposed to cost, it ended up costing Arizona $200 million before lawmakers changed the rules.

Hull is also known in her role as governor for signing the death warrants of two foreign nationals, despite international pressure from Germany for a stay of execution.[9]

Electoral history

Arizona Gubernatorial Election 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jane Dee Hull (incumbent) 620,188 60.95
Democratic Paul Johnson 361,552 35.53
Libertarian Katherine Gallant 27,150 2.67

See also


  1. ^ a b  
  2. ^ a b  
  3. ^ "Governor's Information – Arizona Governor Jane Dee Hull".  
  4. ^ "GOVERNOR Jane Dee Hull". Arizona Blue Book – Chapter 3.  
  5. ^ Hull, Jane Dee. "The Challenge of Public Service". The Power of Character (Los Angeles, California:  
  6. ^ Purdum, Todd S. (September 4, 1997). "Arizona Governor Convicted Of Fraud and Will Step Down". New York Times. 
  7. ^ Ariz. Const. art. V, s. 6
  8. ^  

External links

  • Biography of Jane Dee Hull from the United States Mission to the United Nations
  • Governor Jane Dee Hull (Jeff Scott's biography)
  • Alt-Fuels Fiasco (Synopsis by Arizona Republic)
  • Hull, Jane Dee (2004). "Governor Jane Dee Hull". In  
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Mahoney
Arizona Secretary of State
January 2, 1995 – September 5, 1997
Succeeded by
Betsey Bayless
Preceded by
Fife Symington
Governor of Arizona
September 5, 1997–January 6, 2003
Succeeded by
Janet Napolitano
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