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Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano
Personal data
Date of birthNovember 29, 1957(age 58)
Place of birthNew York City, New York, United States
Political partyDemocratic Party
Alma materSanta Clara University
University of Virginia
3rd United States Secretary of Homeland Security
Assumed officeJanuary 21, 2009
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyJane Lute
Preceded byMichael Chertoff
21st Governor of Arizona
In officeJanuary 6, 2003 - January 21, 2009
Succeeded byJan Brewer
Preceded byJane Dee Hull
23rd Attorney General of Arizona
In officeJanuary 4, 1999 - January 6, 2003
GovernorJane Dee Hull
Succeeded byTerry Goddard
Preceded byGrant Woods

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Janet Napolitano (-ennəpɒlɨˈtænoʊpron; born November 29, 1957) is the third and current United States Secretary of Homeland Security, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama. She is the fourth person (including an acting Secretary) to hold the position, which was created after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. A member of the Democratic Party, she was the 21st Governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009. She was Arizona's third female governor, and the first woman to win re-election. Prior to her election as governor, she served as Attorney General of Arizona from 1999 to 2002. She is the first woman and the 23rd person to serve in that office. Napolitano is the 1977 Truman Scholar from New Mexico. Forbes ranked her as the 51st most powerful woman in 2009.

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