PHOENIX — "As 2016 draws to a close, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the citizens of Arizona for a wonderful year.
"The holiday season provides an opportunity for all of us to reflect on those who have made a significant and meaningful impact on our lives.
"To the countless first responders who serve and protect us 365 days a year, and to the families who support them, please know that your sacrifices do not go unnoticed and are deeply appreciated.
"We also recognize the strength and valor of the men and women faithfully serving in our armed forces. We are forever grateful for your steadfast protection of our freedom and liberties, and we continue to pray for your safe return.
"To my family, friends, and fellow Arizonans, I thank you for your tireless efforts and dedication to ensuring Arizona is the greatest state in the nation. It is a privilege and an honor to serve as your governor.
"From my family to yours, we wish you a very merry Christmas, a happy Hanukkah, and a peaceful and prosperous new year. May God bless you all."