She helped keep Cactus League spring training baseball in Arizona.
After retiring with her plus year career in elected office behind her, Mofford stayed busy and continued to dedicate her time to helping Arizonans. The Chamber supports the growth and development of businesses by offering networking and marketing opportunities, a voice in government, and keeping its members informed, connected and prosperous. Follow online: phxchamber facebook.
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Learn more: www. Former Mofford spokeswoman and longtime friend Athie Hardt says Mofford died Thursday morning at a hospice she entered last month after being injured in a fall. Mofford, a Democrat, served as governor from to She was the elected secretary of state when she took over for Republican Gov. Evan Mecham, who was impeached and driven from office.
New signs on US 60 east of Valley honor Governor Rose Mofford
She was the first of four female governors to lead the conservative state over the next two decades, including Jane Hull, Janet Napolitano and Jan Brewer. She worked for 51 years as a state employee, including three as governor.
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Mofford was the youngest of six children born to a copper-mining family in Globe. She played first base for the Cantaloupe Queens amateur softball team in , and met another softball star, Joe Hunt, who was elected state treasurer in After a series of state jobs, Mofford became business manager of Arizona Highways magazine for two years.
She then served for 20 years as assistant secretary of state to Wesley Bolin, who had first been elected in In , she married T. Left to right: The first woman governor of Arizona Rose Mofford, the longest serving state legislator Polly Rosenbaum, and educator and businesswoman Dorothy Finley.
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