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Former Arizona Governor Jane Hull and husband have died, according to reports

Posted at 10:36 AM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 13:55:02-04

Former Arizona Governor Jane Hull and her husband have died, according to reports.

The politician and her husband both reportedly died from natural causes within hours of one another, former Governor Jan Brewer said.

Brewer tweeted Friday morning, "Within hours of each other, Arizona lost former Governor Jane Hull and her husband Dr Terry last night from natural causes. Jane worked tirelessly for our State, especially for AZ’s school children. As my friend since 1981, I know AZ is better today because of her service. RIP"

Hull was a state representative until she resigned in October 1993 to run for the office of Arizona Secretary of State, which she held from 1995 to 1997.

She served as the state's governor from 1997 to 2002.

Hull was the first woman elected Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, as well as the first woman elected Governor of Arizona, according to the Secretary of State's website.

Governor Doug Ducey released the following statement:

“Arizona is deeply saddened by the passing of former Governor Jane Hull.

“A former teacher, legislator, Arizona’s first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives, Secretary of State, and Arizona’s first woman elected governor, Governor Hull was a trailblazer and principled leader whose vision and commitment, especially to our state’s kids, will have a lasting impact.

“Governor Hull’s legacy includes bringing members of both parties together to pass Proposition 301, a generational funding source for our schools; establishing KidsCare, providing health care to tens of thousands of Arizona kids in need; and helping to launch TGen, a first-of-its-kind genomics research institute in Arizona.

“Governor Hull came to Arizona in 1962 with her husband, Dr. Terry Hull, who served as a doctor on the Navajo Nation. They were a team dedicated to each other throughout their lives.

“Through 25 years of public service, Governor Hull steered Arizona through sometimes turbulent political times, providing steady leadership and an unwavering commitment to doing what’s right and ethical. She will be remembered for her strength of conviction, grace and ability to bring people together for the long-time benefit of all Arizonans.

“Governor Hull will be greatly missed. Angela and I offer our deepest sympathies and prayers to her family and loved ones. In honor of Governor Hull’s life and legacy, I’ve ordered all state flags be lowered to half-staff.”