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Jane Dee Hull (8 August 1935-16 April 2020) was the Republican Governor of Arizona from 5 September 1997 to 6 January 2003, succeeding Fife Symington and preceding Janet Napolitano.


Jane Dee Bowersock was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1935, and she worked as an elementary school teacher in Kansas before moving to Phoenix, Arizona in 1962. She campaigned for Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater in 1964 and went on to serve in the State House from 1979 to 1993, including as Speaker from 1989 to 1992. She went on to serve as Secretary of State from 1995 to 1997, when she assumed the office of Governor on Fife Symington's resignation. In 2000, she signed into law a bill that promised car buyers up to 60% off new vehicles if they were converted to run on alternative fuels, but did not properly cap the number of buyers eligible for the program nor did it require buyers to use the new fuels, leading to the program costing Arizona $200 million. She left office in 2003 after serving two terms, and she died in 2020 at the age of 84; her husband died earlier that same day.