Jane Dee Hull
Jane Hull’s life and the dedicated way she lived it produced a legacy of achievements which led the way opening opportunities for all Arizonans.
Jane arrived in Arizona in 1962 to serve as a much-needed teacher for the Navajo Nation. The respect she earned from the Navajo community followed her throughout her life and into the Governor’s chair, being honored to attend sacred ceremonies at which very few non-tribal members were permitted.
Moving to Phoenix, Governor Hull was elected in 1978 as a member of the Arizona House of Representatives. She became the FIRST female speaker of the House of Representatives. She instituted ethics reform and promoted legislation that improved the quality of life for all Arizonan’s.
In 1994 Jane hull was elected Secretary of State of Arizona .
Jane Hull became he Governor of Arizona following an unexpected turn of events. She finished out the term of the previous Governor. In 1998 she was elected Governor in her own right. Governor Hull led the charge of victories by women in all the top five state positions which was deemed the “FabFive”. Jane Dee Hull was sworn in by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and her acceptance speech she said her administration would be comprised of responsibility, integrity, cooperation, and efficiency. and She was noted for fulfilling each of those ethics.
Governor Hull was known as the “Education Governor”, she became a guiding light for much needed policy . She was dedicated to children’s issues, focusing on the quality of healthcare, including her establishment of “KidsCare” program for children of the working poor and the successful initiation and passage of a sales tax for educational resources which yielded over $10 billion in funds for K-12, University research, and college workforce development programs.
In healthcare science, Governor Hull assisted with the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGEN). In economic development Governor Hull forged a close relationship with Mexico, working with President Vicente Fox for trade, public safety and cultural experiences.
Protecting Arizona’s natural environmental quality was also a priority for Governor Hull. She fought a faulty remediation plan by federal authorities which would have damaged Arizona land, water, and air for generations to come. She ensured that the state met all federal health standard for ozone pollution and dust control.
Throughout her life Governor Hull earned the respect of those she encountered. She lived and promoted a respect for human dignity. Her support of tolerance and civil rights, while fighting racism, bigotry, and anti-Semitism was highly recognized when the Anti-Defamation League presented he with it’s highest honor of the “Torch of Liberty award”.