PHOENIX - Gov. Janet Napolitano on Monday appointed Elaine Richardson, a former state senator and the former owner of a real estate company, to head the Department of Real Estate.
Richardson, a Tucson Democrat who ran unsuccessfully last year for a new congressional seat, had served in the Legislature from 1993 to 2002.
“Elaine’s experience serving both rural and metropolitan Arizona have provided her with the working knowledge she will need for the job,’’ Napolitano said.
The Real Estate Department licenses and regulates the real estate industry.
Richardson’s appointment is subject to Senate confirmation. She replaces Jerry Holt, an appointee of Republican former Gov. Jane Hull.
With Richardson’s appointment, Napolitano has named at least six ex-legislators to senior posts in her new administration.
Napolitano, a Democrat, took office in January.
Among numerous appointments announced Friday, Napolitano named Arizona State University President Michael Crow and two other people to the state Board of Education and Tucson community activist S.L. “Si’’ Schorr to the state Transportation Board.
Crow replaces University of Arizona President Peter Likins on the Board of Education.
The other nominees to the Board of Education were Armida Bittner of Globe and JoAnne Hilde of Prescott, replacing Linda Arzoumania and Frank Alvarez, respectively.
Bittner is Gila County school superintendent. Hilde is a partner in a governing board search company.
The Board of Education oversees the state’s K-12 school system, setting education policy and ruling on teacher certification issues.
Schorr replaces former Pima County Supervisor Katie Dusenberry on the Transportation Board, representing southern Arizona on the panel that decides funding allocations for transportation projects.
Other appointments included:
- Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox to the Boxing Commission, replacing Patrick McGroder III;
- Investment banker Leo Valdez of Phoenix to the Lottery Commission, replacing Gary Curtis;
- Babbitt Ranches President Billy Caradasco of Flagstaff and Gabriel Gonzales-Beechum, a recreation program supervisor for the city of Casa Grande, to the State Parks Board;
- Peter “Michael’’ Napier of Phoenix to the state Racing Commission, replacing A. Melvin McDonald.