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Governor Brewer Not Seeking Another Term

A look back at some of her defining moments as Arizona's governor.

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    Jan Brewer got her start in politics when as a mother of a young family in the early 1980s, she began attending school board meetings. She served in the Arizona House of Representatives for three years, before serving in the state Senate. She served six years on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors before becoming Secretary of State.
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    In 2009, she became governor after Janet Napolitano took the job of Director of Homeland Security.
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    She signed into law SB 1070, a measure making it ok for law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of anyone whom they arrest or detain and allows them to stop and arrest someone if they believe they are undocumented. Critics say it encourages racial profiling.
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    The governor's finger made the national spotlight in January of 2012. When Brewer was on the tarmac to greet President Obama after arriving into Phoenix, she hand-delivered a letter to him and engaged in an intense conversation with him for a few minutes. Both Brewer and the president's reps say the conversation was about her book "“Scorpions for Breakfast.”
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    Gov. Brewer looks on as Brendan McDonough, the only surviving member of his crew receives a hug from Presott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall, during a memorial service in Prescott Valley, Arizona. The 19 firefighters, of the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew, died battling a fast-moving wildfire on June 30, 2013.
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    Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill and Gov. Jan Brewer attend a ceremony for the NFL Super Bowl Host Committee to pass the hosting duties off to Arizona in New York City. Super Bowl XLIX will be held in Glendale on February 1, 2015.
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    In late February 2014, Brewer vetoed SB 1062, which would allow business the right to refuse service on religious grounds to gays and other groups.
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    Governor Brewer makes her retirement announcement at the same Glendale school where her political career began over 30 years ago.