One of George W. Bush’s good friends Arizona Governor Jane Hull and her husband both passed away just hours apart of each other on Thursday. The news reportedly hit Bush extremely hard. He was very close to both of them.
According to People magazine, Both Jane — the state’s first-ever woman to be elected governor — and her husband, Dr. Terry Hull, had been in declining health and died of natural causes, former Gov. Jan Brewer told the Associated Press.
In a statement obtained by People:
“Laura and I are saddened by the loss of Governor Jane Dee and Dr. Terry Hull. Both were dedicated leaders for the people of Arizona; Jane Dee as both a teacher and a public servant, and Terry as a physician.”
“Losing both Jane Dee and Terry on the same day is a testament to their love story. But it also brings great sadness to those they loved.”
Bush concluded by saying:
“We send our condolences to the Hull family and the people of Arizona as they mourn our friends — their Governor and Dr. Hull.”
A Lasting Legacy
Jane was part of the group of women known as the “Fab 5” in 1990s Arizona when the highest seats in government were all held by women. In addition to Jane as governor, the group included Betsey Bayless as Secretary of State, Janet Napolitano as the state Attorney General, Carol Springer as treasurer, and Lisa Graham Keegan as the superintendent of public instruction.
Her legacy was a big one. And she’ll be remembered as one of the few women politicians who actually fought hard to make a real meaningful difference in her life. She’ll be missed.