|Ms Napolitano, 50, was elected governor of the conservative southwestern US state in 2002, and easily re-elected in 2006. |
An attorney by training, Napolitano would accept the job if she passes the strict vetting process, CNN reported, citing sources close to the governor.
Arizona's senior senator is former Republican presidential candidate John McCain, whom Obama defeated on November 4.
The Homeland Security department was created following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States, and is the third largest government department after Defense and Veteran's Affairs.
The department, tasked with protecting US territory from terrorist attacks, securing US borders, and helping respond to natural disasters, is currently headed by Michael Chertoff.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Janet Napolitano to head Homeland Security?
Politics: Perfect choice, put someone in charge of national security who failed miserably to even protect her own border from illegal immigrants and looked the other way.