Rose Mofford (1922 - 2016)

Rose Mofford, Arizona's first female governor, died Sept. 15, 2016, according to multiple news sources. She was 94.

Former Mofford spokeswoman and longtime friend Athie Hardt said Mofford died Thursday morning at a hospice she entered last month after she was injured in a fall.

Mofford was a Democrat who was the governor of Arizona from 1988 until 1991. She was the secretary of state and then took over as governor for Republican Evan Mecham, who was impeached and removed from office.


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A statement was released from current Gov. Doug Ducey:

“I join the citizens of our state, and many across the nation, in mourning the passing of Arizona’s trailblazing first female governor, Rose Perica Mofford.

“Rose Mofford’s story is a truly unique Arizona story. Rising through the ranks of state government to our state’s top office, she shattered a once-thought-unbreakable glass ceiling and served as an unparalleled role model to many. She was nothing short of an Arizona treasure, and will be deeply missed.

“Governor Mofford brought people together. Both as a governor and a former governor, she exemplified the ability of leaders to unite us — to put partisanship aside and put our country and our state first. During challenging times for our state, Governor Mofford was the steady hand that led us through and held us together."

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