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By James W. Johnson,David "Fitz" Fitzsimmons

Do you recognize those recognized Arizona politicians?


—A congresswoman who used to be bridesmaid to Eleanor Roosevelt

—A vehicle broker who propelled himself to the governor's mansion with the aid of public reputation of his television commercials

—An Arizonan who served not just as governor and leader justice of the Arizona perfect court docket, but in addition because the Majority chief of the U.S. Senate and leader sponsor of the GI Bill

—A cowboy who introduced speeches to ranchhands and went directly to turn into a U.S. senator referred to as one of many nice orators of the 20 th century

—One of 4 Arizonans who misplaced a bid for the presidency but made the Gallup ballot as one of many ten such a lot prominent males within the world

—A secretary who grew to become the 1st girl within the kingdom to take a seat on a country best court

For a kingdom with a small population, Arizona has had an strangely robust presence at the nationwide political scene. Barry Goldwater, Mo Udall, Bruce Babbitt, and John McCain made memorable runs for the White residence over simply the earlier 4 a long time. Stewart Udall, Secretary of the inner less than Kennedy, was once the 1st cupboard appointment from the nation. lawyer normal Richard Kleindienst and ultimate court docket justice William Rehnquist have been arguable appointees of Richard Nixon. And Arizona claims of brand new 9 best court docket justices—not in simple terms Rehnquist, now leader Justice, but additionally Sandra Day O'Connor, the 1st girl ever appointed to the excessive court. Not all of Arizona's politicians have garnered such contrast. of the state's final 4 governors of the 20 th century, Evan Mecham and Fife Symington, confronted felony indictments and have been compelled out of office.

Journalist James Johnson has written profiles of 21 women and men from Arizona who've made their mark within the political area. selected for his or her contributions to the country, their nationwide prominence, their colourful personalities, and at times their notoriety, those in demand public servants—from first governor George W. P. Hunt to present senior senator McCain—all were significant contributors in kingdom or nationwide affairs. Congressman Mo Udall as soon as commented on Arizona's "civilized model of politics," during which Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, taken care of each other with mutual recognize. Johnson conveys either the spirit and spiritedness of Arizona politics and divulges how in lots of instances those politicians and their kin chanced on their lives and careers overlapping. He tells their tales with humor and objectivity, whereas political cartoonist David Fitzsimmons captures their trademark kinds in unique drawings.

Although the participants may possibly communicate from assorted systems, all were proud to name themselves Arizonans and proud to serve their nation. This booklet stocks their accomplishments and exhibits how, for larger or worse, they have helped positioned Arizona within the spotlight.

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