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Bender comments Arizona's term limits

May 23, 2011

Paul Bender, professor of law and dean emeritus at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, was quoted in a May 6 Daily Reporter article titled, “Brewer says Arizona term limits may not bar her from running for re-election in 2014,” by reporter Paul Davenport.

The article discussed recent comments by Gov. Jan Brewer in which she suggested that that the Arizona Constitution doesn’t necessarily prohibit her from running for re-election in 2014 as it is unclear what happens in cases like hers, where she took over halfway through Janet Napolitano's term.

Bender, on the other hand, argued that the Constitution is clear on term limits, and the only way Brewer could run in 2014 would be to ask voters to amend the Constitution.

“This is the Constitution,” he said. “I don’t see any way around it for her.”

To read the entire article, click here.

Bender teaches courses on U.S. and Arizona constitutional law. He has written extensively about constitutional law, intellectual property and Indian law, and is co-author of the two-volume casebook/treatise, Political and Civil Rights in the United States. Bender has argued more than 20 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and actively participates in constitutional litigation in federal and state courts.

Staci McCabe,
(480) 965-8702
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law