Janet Napolitano

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Janet Napolitano
Janet Napolitano DHS.jpg
United States Secretary of Homeland Security
Incumbent
In office
January 21, 2009-Present
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
NominatedDecember 1, 2008
ConfirmedJanuary 20, 2009
AppointedJanuary 21, 2009
Appointed byBarack Obama
Prior offices
Governor of Arizona
2003-2009
Attorney General of Arizona
1999-2002
Education
High schoolSandia High School
Bachelor'sSanta Clara University
J.D.University of Virginia Law School
Personal
BirthdayNovember 29, 1957
Place of birthNew York, New York
Websites
Office website
Janet Ann Napolitano (b. November 29, 1957 in New York, New York) is the current United States Secretary of Homeland Security. She was confirmed by the Senate on January 20, 2009 by voice vote.[1] Napolitano is the first woman to hold the post and only the 3rd Secretary of Homeland Security.[2]

Napolitano began her political career as the Attorney General of Arizona before serving two terms as Governor of Arizona and being nominated for U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.[3]

Biography

While born in New York, New York, Janet was raised with two siblings in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[2] Her father, Leonard Michael Napolitano, was the Dean of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.[2] She attended Sandia High School in 1975 on her way to graduating from Santa Clara University as the school's first female valedictorian in 1979 with a degree in political science.[2] She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School in 1983.[3] In 2000, Napolitano was successfully treated for cancer in her right breast.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Napolitano's academic, professional and political career:[3][2]

  • 1979: Graduated from Santa Clara University
  • 1983: Earned law degree from University of Virginia Law School
  • 1983-1984: Law clerk for Judge Mary Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • 1984-1993: Associate and later promoted to partner at Lewis & Roca
  • 1993-1997: U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona
  • 1999-2002: Attorney General of Arizona
  • 2003-2009: Governor of Arizona
  • 2006-2007: Chair of the National Governors Association
  • 2009-Present: U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security

Confirmation vote

Napolitano was confirmed by voice vote on January 20, 2009 by members of the United States Senate.[1]

Elections

Napolitano was re-elected Governor of Arizona on November 7, 2006 defeating Len Munsil (R), Barry J. Hess, II (L) and numerous write-in candidates.[4]

Arizona Governor, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJanet Napolitano Incumbent 62.6% 959,830
     Republican Len Munsil 35.4% 543,528
     Libertarian Barry J. Hess, II 2% 30,268
     Write-in Arthur Ray Arvizu 0% 10
     Write-in Robert B. Winn 0% 3
     Write-in Brian Wright 0% 6
Total Votes 1,533,645
Election Results Via: Arizona Secretary of State

Napolitano was first elected Governor of Arizona on November 5, 2002 defeating Matt Salmon (R), Richard Mahoney (I), Barry Hess (L) and numerous write-in candidates.[5]

Arizona Governor, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJanet Napolitano 46.2% 566,284
     Republican Matt Salmon 45.2% 554,465
     Independent Richard Mahoney 6.9% 84,947
     Libertarian Barry Hess 1.7% 20,356
     Write-in Naida Axford 0% 5
     Write-in "Rayj" Raymond Caplette 0% 5
     Write-in Carlton Rahmani 0% 29
     Write-in Tracey Sturgess 0% 15
     Write-in L.D. "Denny" Talbow 0% 1
     Write-in D'Herrera Tapia 0% 4
Total Votes 1,226,111
Election Results Via: Arizona Secretary of State

Governorship

Vetoes

Napolitano set a state record for vetoes by a governor in Arizona by using the executive veto power 180 times in the first six years before accepting her position in the Obama administration.[6] She vetoed every piece of abortion legislation passed by the state legislature.[7] She also consistently vetoed bills aimed at loosening gun control laws[8] as well as measures aimed at criminalizing illegal immigrants because she believed it to be a federal issue.[9]

Issues

Right-wing extremism memo

In April 2009 a memo was made public, assessing the threat of right-wing extremist terrorism in the United States. A portion of the memo suggested the struggle of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan could lead to a rise in extremists "capable of carrying out extremist attacks," citing Timothy McVeigh as an example.[10] The American Legion was among the veterans groups that took offense to the analysis, stating that Timothy McVeigh was just one of 42 million veterans who have served during wartime and to continue using that example was similar to using Osama bin Laden as the stereotype for Islam.[10] Napolitano pointed out that the report was defended by the Veterans of Foreign Wars but apologized for the wording and spent time meeting with veterans groups who were offended.[10]

Walmart partnership

In order to promote the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign established by Napolitano's Department of Homeland Security, the department partnered with Walmart to show a video highlighting the campaign at checkout lines in 588 Walmart stores across the country in 2010.[11]

Analysis

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Napolitano's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $93,037.00 and $695,000.00. That averages to $394,018.50, which ranks 22nd among executive branch members.[12]

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Personal

Napolitano has never been married and does not have children.[2]

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Chertoff
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
2009-Present
Succeeded by
-
Preceded by
Jane Dee Hull
Governor of Arizona
2003-2009
Succeeded by
Jan Brewer
Preceded by
Grant Woods
Attorney General of Arizona
1999-2003
Succeeded by
Terry Goddard