WASHINGTON — Jan Brewer, the two-term Arizona Republican governor, will not seek a third term. She is well-known for arguing with U.S. President Barack Obama on the tarmac while visiting the state and for enforcing immigration law.
Reuters reported that Brewer could serve a third term, because she succeeded Janet Napolitano when Napolitano went to head the Department of Homeland Security.
Brewer announced her decision to step away from the governor’s office because it was time to “pass the torch of leadership.” She went on to say, “So, after completing this term in office, I will be doing just that.”
In April 2010, Brewer signed into law a bill to crack down on illegal immigration, after the federal government kept kicking immigration enforcement by the wayside. Part of the law was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, which was the requirement for illegal immigrants to carry paperwork with them at all times.
But, the Supreme Court upheld the provision to require police officers to check the immigration status of people they stop.