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Jan Brewer 2016: 7 Highlights From Pre-Politics Life of GOP Presidential Hopeful

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Jan Brewer speaking at an event in Phoenix, Arizona. (Gage Skidmore/wikimedia/commons)

By    |   Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 01:19 PM

Losing her father and working hard alongside her mother shaped the life and politics of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016.

Here are seven things you might not have known about her:

1.
Jan Brewer was born in 1944 in Hollywood, California. Her father, Wilford Drinkwine, died in 1955 after breathing poisonous fumes at the Navy munitions depot where he worked, according to her biography on a Ballotpedia page.

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2. She worked beside her mother Edna Drinkwine in a dress shop Drinkwine opened with all her savings after Brewer’s father died, “with that small dress shop acting as a living classroom on the value of a dollar, the importance of hard work and the resilience inside every one of us,” according to the Jan PAC website.

3. Brewer told an Arizona Republic reporter one of the lessons she learned from working in her mother’s dress shop was “ ... you've ... got ... to ... pay ... your ... taxes! You don't get any slack from the government."

4. Working at the dress shop stood her in good stead later when Brewer took an office job to put her husband, John, through school and she could "do it all: answer phones, sell, and then go into the back shop and ship things out," The Arizona Republic reported.

5. Brewer said the experience of watching her father die of lung disease after breathing toxic fumes at work led her to seek certification as a radiologist technician, according to The Arizona Republic.

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6. She attended dental school at a local community college with hopes of being a nurse, but unhappy about the way her children's school was run, she decided to run – not for a seat in the local school board, but in the state legislature, the start of her political career, Time magazine reported.

7. The title of Jan Brewer’s 2011 autobiography “Scorpions for Breakfast,” is taken from a description of her that tough-guy actor Chuck Norris wrote in WND.

“Because of her toughness, a new website about Gov. Jan Brewer recently launched and paralleled her prowess with the 'Chuck Norris facts,' those satirical and mythical super-sayings or jokes about me and my life,” Norris wrote. “A few of my favorites about the Arizona governor are: Jan Brewer flosses her teeth with barbed wire from the border. Jan Brewer eats scorpions for breakfast and burps up rattlesnakes. Jan Brewer taught Chuck Norris how to do a roundhouse kick."

“The fact is Gov. Jan Brewer has tougher skin than me. I’ve often said tongue-in-cheek that I would jump over a table and choke unconscious bad political opponents if I were running for office,” Norris said on WND.

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Losing her father and working hard alongside her mother shaped the life and politics of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016. Here are seven things you might not have known about her.
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