Brewer’s Bid for a Third Term: Arizona Constitutional Question

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Arizona delegate Debra Jean Forrest wears a button of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer pointing at President Barack Obama during the Republican National Convention.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the nation’s strictest immigration law in 2010 and once wagged her finger in President Barack Obama’s face, may challenge the state constitution to run for another term.

Brewer, a 68-year-old Republican, is weighing a bid for four more years in office even though a 1992 constitutional amendment limits the state’s top officials to two consecutive terms, including “any part” of one served. Brewer was elected in 2010 after completing the remaining two years of Democrat Janet Napolitano’s term. Napolitano left to become Obama’s secretary of homeland security.

Under Brewer, Arizona became a testing ground for Republican ideas on immigration, health care and gun rights. She emerged as a key foe of the Obama administration, leading the fight to preserve the immigration law and drawing national headlines for her confrontation with the Democratic president on a Phoenix-area tarmac in January.

Brewer’s spokesman, Matthew Benson, said she “enjoys being governor and there is a lot more that she would like to accomplish.”

Thirty-five states limit governors to two consecutive terms, though the provisions vary, according to the National Governors Association. Brewer has said there is ambiguity about whether she could run again.

“The constitution is not really clear,” she told The Arizona Republic last year. “It’s never been challenged.”

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