At a Glance
- Career History: Arizona Secretary of State (2002-2009), Maricopa County Supervisor (1996-2002), Arizona State Senator (1987-1996)
- Birthday: Sept 26, 1944
- Hometown: Hollywood, Calif.
- Alma Mater: Valley College, medical assistant certificate, practical radiological techician certificate, 1963, Valley College, Burbank, Calif.; HHD (hon.), LA Chiropractic College, 1970
- Spouse: Dr. John Brewer
- Religion: Lutheran
- Office: 1700 West WashingtonPhoenix, Arizona 85007
Path to Power
Brewer was born in Hollywood, Calif. Her father, Perry Drinkwine, was a civilian supervisor at a Navy munitions depot in Hawthorne, Nev., and she spent the first ten years of her life at the base.
When she was 11, her father's health-ravaged by the constant exposure to the chemicals on the base-forced the family to move to California for dry desert air and clean ocean breezes. Drinkwine survived just a year before succumbing to lung disease. That experience prompted Brewer to study to become a radiology technician.
Ironically, one of Brewer's trademark issues during her legislative years was her attempts to create a lieutenant governor position for Arizona. Arizona is one of six states that have no lieutenant governor position.
Brewer argued that being secretary of state does not make a candidate qualified for governor, and that if a governor leaves mid-term, s/he should be replaced by a member of the same party. Brewer introduced a measure to create an LG post so frequently, a former Senate colleague told the Arizona Capitol Times, that lawmakers simply started referring to it as "Jan's bill."
At the start of her gubernatorial tenure, Brewer was accused of not reaching out to the legislative branch of government. Hours before the state Senate revealed its 2009-2010 budget, Brewer said she and her staff had not seen it.
The governor supported home state Sen. John McCain (R) in the 2008 presidential election, leading the Arizona GOP delegation that nominated the senator for president.