PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer fought President Barack Obama on immigration and border security for most of her tenure, earning national prominence by enacting tough laws that were mainly struck down by the courts and famously wagging her finger in the president's face during a meeting.
But the Republican leaves a more nuanced legacy after nearly six years in office, one that saw her inherit a massive deficit, patch it up and push for economic recovery only to see Arizona sink back into a deficit as she steps down Jan. 5.
Brewer bucked her party's right wing by pushing for a temporary sales-tax increase and embracing a part of Obama's health care overhaul law, Medicaid expansion. Both angered conservatives.
Still, the 70-year-old governor is unapologetic, saying she's proud of her accomplishments.