Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is serving her last day in President Obama’s cabinet, but some believe that there are still greater things to come for the Secretary of Homeland Security. Speaking at a farewell event, Vice President Joe Biden thanked Napolitano for her service and said “I think Janet should be on the Supreme Court of the United States.”
Napolitano is leaving the position to become the head of the University of California system. Before she led the Homeland Security department, Napolitano was Arizona’s governor from 2003 to 2009. Back in July when it was confirmed Napolitano would become the head of the nation’s largest university program, she cited her track record as governor:
“I will bring with me my history as governor, where I spent much of my time investing in Arizona’s universities, fighting to keep tuition for students as low as possible, while helping to create a new medical school in downtown Phoenix… and loan-forgiveness programs for high-demand fields of study…”
Although there are currently no openings on the Supreme Court, President Obama seriously considered appointing Janet Napolitano on two separate occasions in 2009 and 2010, but instead went with Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
As of this time no permanent successor has been named to lead the Department of Homeland Security, which was created in 2011 in part as a response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th.