Arizona Governor Jan Brewer ended months of speculation about her political future on Wednesday when she announced that she will not seek a third term in office.
The Arizona Constitution limits governors to two terms, but the Republican governor and her advisers have kept alive a scenario in which she might mount a long shot legal challenge to seek another four years in office. Brewer completed the term of former Gov. Janet Napolitano when she took a job in President Barack Obama's administration in 2009.
Brewer then won a full term in 2010. She has said in the past that there's "ambiguity" in the constitution because she hasn't served two full terms. But she put that to rest Wednesday in suburban Phoenix as she declared "there does come a time to pass the torch of leadership. "So, after completing this term in office, I will be doing just that," she said.