Brewer sworn in as Napolitano assumes federal post

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Brewer sworn in on Wednesday

PHOENIX - Republican Jan Brewer was sworn in as Arizona governor on Wednesday, replacing Democrat Janet Napolitano at a time when the state faces a budget crisis.

Napolitano resigned Tuesday, halfway through her second four-year term after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate as homeland security secretary.

As the elected secretary of state, Brewer automatically replaced Napolitano. Arizona does not have a lieutenant governor.

Napolitano battled with lawmakers on budget matters, including Republican lawmakers' proposals for deep cuts throughout state government to erase a big budget shortfall.

Brewer has not staked out public positions on specific budget issues but has said the state has spent beyond its means and needs to tighten its belt.

Janet Napolitano confirmed

PHOENIX (AP) -- The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Janet Napolitano as U.S. homeland security secretary.

The Senate action in Washington set the stage for Napolitano's resignation a short time later as Arizona governor and the automatic elevation of Republican Secretary of State Jan Brewer to replace her.

Napolitano is leaving the governorship halfway through her second four-year term. President Barack Obama chose her to head the Homeland Security Department last month.

Brewer plans an inauguration in front of the Old Capitol at 3 p.m. MST Wednesday.

The 64-year-old Glendale resident was elected secretary of state in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. Arizona does not have a lieutenant governor.

Napolitano issued this statement, "It has been my honor to serve the people of Arizona as Governor. I look forward to continuing to serve Arizona, our new president, and all the people of our great nation in my new role as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security."