Carolyn Warner
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
In office
January 6, 1975 – January 5, 1987
GovernorRaúl Héctor Castro
Wesley Bolin
Bruce Babbitt
Preceded byWeldon Shofstall
Succeeded byDiane Bishop
Personal details
Born
Carolyn Rexroat

(1930-08-02)August 2, 1930
Ardmore, Oklahoma, U.S.
DiedOctober 9, 2018(2018-10-09) (aged 88)
Paradise Valley, Arizona, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Oklahoma
Stephens College (BA)

Carolyn Rexroat Warner (August 2, 1930 – October 9, 2018) was an American politician who served as the 15th Superintendent of Public Instruction for the state of Arizona, elected as a Democrat, from 1975 to 1987. Warner was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Arizona in 1986, but was defeated by then-State Senator Evan Mecham, who would go on to be impeached.

In addition to running for governor, Warner also ran for the United States Senate in 1976, but lost the primary, and was elected Democratic National Committeewoman for Arizona in 2004 and 2008. Warner ran a consulting firm called Corporate Education Consulting after leaving public office.

Early life

Carolyn Warner was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma, to Democratic State Senator Uriah Thomas Rexroat and Mary Tullis. In her youth, Warner attended the inauguration of Harry S. Truman, and danced with the President at one of his Inaugural balls.[1]

Political career

Warner began her political career by speaking at events for political candidates such as Governor of Oklahoma Roy J. Turner, and Senators Elmer Thomas and Robert S. Kerr when she was 13 years old.[2]

Warner moved to Arizona, and became active in politics after raising six children and helping to run her family's business for 20 years.[2] She first ran for the office of Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, and was elected to her first term as Superintendent in 1974, and took office in 1975. She would be reelected twice more, in 1978 and 1982.[1]

Warner ran in the Democratic primary for United States Senate in 1976, but lost to Pima County, Arizona Attorney Dennis DeConcini.[1][3]

Warner was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Arizona in 1986, but was defeated by then-State Senator Evan Mecham, who would go on to be impeached from office.[1][2]

In 1998, Warner received an honorary Doctorate from Northern Arizona University "in recognition of her service to education and the community."[4] Warner was a Congressional appointee to the National Skills Standards Board and was a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business.[4] She was elected as Democratic National Committeewoman for Arizona in 2004 and 2008.[1] Warner was super-delegate for Hillary Clinton in 2016.[5][6]

Later career

Since leaving public office, Warner has remained active in party politics, in addition to running an education consulting firm called Corporate Education Consulting, Inc. She is also the author of four books.[4][1]

Warner died of cancer on October 9, 2018, at the age of 88 at her home in Paradise Valley, Arizona.[7][8]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Meet the Party Leaders". Arizona Democratic Party. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Morgan, Kay (July 4, 1988). "Carolyn Warner: "No One Took Mecham Seriously'". The Oklahoman. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  3. ^ "AZ US Senate – D Primary". Our Campaigns. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Carolyn Warner, President, Corporate Education Consulting, Inc". Jobs for American Graduates. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  5. ^ Nowicki, Dan (March 12, 2016). "Is Arizona still Hillary Clinton country?". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  6. ^ Ng, Alfred (July 26, 2016). "SEE IT: 102-year-old woman, born before women had the right to vote, pledges Arizona's delegates to Hillary Clinton". New York Daily News. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  7. ^ "Carolyn Warner Obituary (1930 - 2018) the Arizona Republic".
  8. ^ "'She was a giant': Education leader Carolyn Warner dies at 88".
Party political offices Preceded byBruce Babbitt Democratic nominee for Governor of Arizona 1986 Succeeded byTerry Goddard