Jane Hull was the second woman to serve as Arizona’s governor, but the first woman elected to serve as the state’s chief executive. She was also the first woman to serve as speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives. Governor Hull passed away last night.
Above, look back at the 2009 “Arizona Horizon” interview with Governor Hull, in which she talks with Ted Simons about her activities since leaving office in 2003.
Governor Doug Ducey released the following statement:
“Arizona is deeply saddened by the passing of former Governor Jane Hull.
“A former teacher, legislator, Arizona’s first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives, Secretary of State, and Arizona’s first woman elected governor, Governor Hull was a trailblazer and principled leader whose vision and commitment, especially to our state’s kids, will have a lasting impact.
“Governor Hull’s legacy includes bringing members of both parties together to pass Proposition 301, a generational funding source for our schools; establishing KidsCare, providing health care to tens of thousands of Arizona kids in need; and helping to launch TGen, a first-of-its-kind genomics research institute in Arizona.
“Governor Hull came to Arizona in 1962 with her husband, Dr. Terry Hull, who served as a doctor on the Navajo Nation. They were a team dedicated to each other throughout their lives.
“Through 25 years of public service, Governor Hull steered Arizona through sometimes turbulent political times, providing steady leadership and an unwavering commitment to doing what’s right and ethical. She will be remembered for her strength of conviction, grace and ability to bring people together for the long-time benefit of all Arizonans.
“Governor Hull will be greatly missed. Angela and I offer our deepest sympathies and prayers to her family and loved ones. In honor of Governor Hull’s life and legacy, I’ve ordered all state flags be lowered to half-staff.”