George W. Bush, Jeff Flake and Others Remember Former Arizona Governor Jane Hull, Who Died at 84

Former Arizona Governor Jane Hull died on Thursday at 84. Her husband, Terry Hull, also died on Thursday, a few hours before the governor.

Hull was the first woman to be elected governor in Arizona in 1997. As reported by AZ Central, Hull and her husband died peacefully of natural causes, according to Hull's family.

Former President George W. Bush mourned the governor and her husband in a statement. "Laura and I are saddened by the loss of Governor Jane Dee and Dr. Terry Hull. Both were dedicated leaders for the people of Arizona; Jane Dee as both a teacher and a public servant, and Terry as a physician," he said in a statement. "Losing both Jane Dee and Terry on the same day is a testament to their love story, but it also brings great sadness to those they loved. We send our condolences to the Hull family and the people of Arizona as they mourn our friends — their Governor and Dr. Hull."

Many Arizona officials remembered Hull and her importance as a trailblazer in the state and offered condolences to her family.

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake also tweeted his condolences and a remembrance of the governor. "She was kind, thoughtful and tough-quintessentially Arizonan and and ideal public servant," he wrote. "She will be missed."

Current Arizona Governor Doug Ducey also remembered Hull and ordered flags to be raised at half mast in the state.

"A former teacher, legislator, Arizona's first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives, Secretary of State, and Arizona's first woman elected governor, Governor Hull was a trailblazer and principled leader whose vision and commitment, especially to our state's kids, will have a lasting impact," he said in a statement. "Governor Hull will be greatly missed. Angela and I offer our deepest sympathies and prayers to her family and loved ones. In honor of Governor Hull's life and legacy, I've ordered all state flags be lowered to half-staff."

Arizona State Representative Daniel Hernandez Jr. also wrote about Hull's legacy that she left on the state she governed.

Arizona Senator Martha McSally also remembered Hull on Twitter. "My prayers are with the Hull family as they mourn the loss of Governor Jane Hull and her husband, Dr. Terry Hull. Gov. Hull was the first female elected AZ governor and she diligently served the people of our state," she tweeted.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego wrote that Hull helped to raise up women while working as an official. "Governor Hull was an amazing woman who made a point of lifting up all women," she tweeted.

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Arizona Governor Jane Hull and the speaker of the house, Jeff Groscost, during a press conference January 12, 1999. Jane Dee Hull became the twentieth Governor of the State of Arizona on September 5, 1997. Joe Raedle/Getty
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