Gov. Jan Brewer announced today she will retire at the end of her current term.
"I'm going to work up until my final hour. My pen and my veto stamp have plenty of ink," she said.
The announcement ends recent speculation about whether she will try to seek another term.
A decision to run again would challenge a provision of the Arizona Constitution that limits officeholders to two terms in office. Brewer completed the term of former Gov. Janet Napolitano when she took a job in the Obama administration in 2009, then won a full term in 2010.
Brewer was joined by her husband, John, and son Michael for the announcement at Park Meadows Elementary School, which two of her children attended.
She called her announcement bittersweet. "I'm sad to be leaving, but proud of the remarkable progress of the state during my time in office."
She called serving as Arizona's 22nd governor the "privilege and pleasure of my life."
Brewer pointed to the state's "broken" child protection system and responsible budgets for areas such as education and maintaining the state's economic recovery as her priorities in the remainder of her term.
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