Janet Napolitano

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Janet Napolitano
President of the University of California
Assumed office
September 30, 2013
Preceded byMark Yudof
3rd United States Secretary of Homeland Security
In office
January 21, 2009 – September 6, 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyJane Lute
Rand Beers (Acting)
Preceded byMichael Chertoff
Succeeded byJeh Johnson
21st Governor of Arizona
In office
January 6, 2003 – January 21, 2009
Preceded byJane Dee Hull
Succeeded byJan Brewer
23rd Attorney General of Arizona
In office
January 4, 1999 – January 6, 2003
GovernorJane Dee Hull
Preceded byGrant Woods
Succeeded byTerry Goddard
Personal details
Born (1957-11-29) November 29, 1957 (age 66)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materSanta Clara University
University of Virginia

Janet Ann Napolitano (born November 29, 1957) is an American politician 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 becoming 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 presidency of the University of California on September 30, 2013, and is the first woman in the post.

Early life[change | change source]

Janet Napolitano was born on November 29, 1957, in New York City. She is the daughter of Jane Marie (née 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.[4] 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.[5]

Health[change | change source]

Napolitano has been undergoing cancer-related treatment since August 2016.[6] On January 17, 2017, Napolitano was hospitalized in Oakland for complications from the cancer treatment.[7][8] She was released from the hospital on January 23, 2017.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Reitwiesner, William Addams. "Ancestry of Janet Napolitano". WARGS.com. Archived from the original on 2016-10-17. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  2. Radzischewski, Andre F. (December 7, 2008). "Napolitano's Heritage, Border Strategies Fascinate Italy". The Arizona Republic. Archived from the original on December 25, 2008. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  3. "Elections: Janet Napolitano (Dem)". Washington Times. August 26, 2007. Retrieved March 4, 2009.[dead link]
  4. "65 Years | 65 Faces of IES Abroad - Janet Napolitano". www.iesabroad.org. 2015-10-20. Archived from the original on 2020-01-17. Retrieved 2018-10-15.
  5. Goldstein, Dana (January 9, 2014). "Janet Napolitano and the New Third Way". The American Prospect. Archived from the original on June 12, 2010. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  6. "JANET NAPOLITANO HOSPITALIZED DURING CANCER TREATMENT". Jerusalem Post. Reuters. January 17, 2017. Archived from the original on January 20, 2017. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  7. Matier & Ross (January 22, 2017). "Napolitano's cancer treatment took UC regents by surprise". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on January 29, 2017. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  8. Nick Anderson (January 17, 2017). "UC President Janet Napolitano hospitalized with cancer". Washington Post. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  9. "UC President Napolitano Returns To Work After Hospitalization". CBS. January 23, 2017. Archived from the original on January 24, 2017. Retrieved January 23, 2017.