Janet Napolitano

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Janet Napolitano
President of the University of California
Incumbent
Assumed office
September 30, 2013
Preceded by Mark Yudof
3rd United States Secretary of Homeland Security
In office
January 21, 2009 – September 6, 2013
President Barack Obama
Deputy Jane Lute
Rand Beers (Acting)
Preceded by Michael Chertoff
Succeeded by Rand Beers (Acting)
21st Governor of Arizona
In office
January 6, 2003 – January 21, 2009
Preceded by Jane Dee Hull
Succeeded by Jan Brewer
23rd Attorney General of Arizona
In office
January 4, 1999 – January 6, 2003
Governor Jane Dee Hull
Preceded by Grant Woods
Succeeded by Terry Goddard
Personal details
Born November 29, 1957 (1957-11-29) (age 56)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Santa Clara University
University of Virginia
Religion Methodism

Janet Ann Napolitano (born November 29, 1957) is an American politcian who is currently president of the University of California system. She became the first woman to serve as Secretary of Homeland Security on January 21, 2009. Before become Secretary of Homeland Security, she was the Governor of Arizona and Attorney General of Arizona. She announced her resignation of Homeland Security in July 2013 to become president of the University of California. She assumed president of the University of California on September 30, 2013, and is the first woman in the post.

Early life[change | edit source]

Janet Napolitano was born on November 29, 1957, in New York City. She is the daughter of Jane Marie (nee Winer) and Leonard Michael Napolitano, who was the dean of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.[1] Her father was of Italian ancestry and her mother had German and Austrian ancestry.[1][2] Napolitano is a Methodist.[3] She was the eldest of three children; she has a younger brother and sister. She was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she graduated from Sandia High School in Albuquerque in 1975 and was voted Most Likely to Succeed. She graduated from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California, where she won a Truman Scholarship, and was valedictorian. In 1978, she studied for a term at the London School of Economics as part of Santa Clara's exchange programme through IES Abroad. She then received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Virginia School of Law. After law school she served as a law clerk for Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then joined Schroeder's former firm, Lewis and Roca located in Phoenix.[4]

References[change | edit source]