Ann Kirkpatrick

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Ann Kirkpatrick
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Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Arizona's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded by Martha McSally
Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Arizona's 1st district
In office
January 3, 2013 January 3, 2017
Preceded byNew constituency (Redistricting)
Succeeded by Tom O'Halleran
In office
January 3, 2009 January 3, 2011
Preceded by Rick Renzi
Succeeded by Paul Gosar
Member of the ArizonaHouseofRepresentatives
from the 2nd district
In office
January 10, 2005 July 24, 2007
Preceded bySylvia Laughter
Succeeded byChristopher Deschene
Personal details
Born
Ann Leila Kirkpatrick

(1950-03-24) March 24, 1950 (age 69)
McNary, Arizona, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)Roger Curley
Education University of Arizona (BA, JD)
Website House website

Ann Leila Kirkpatrick (born March 24, 1950) [1] [2] is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Arizona's 2nd congressional district . She previously represented Arizona's 1st congressional district from 2009 to 2011 and again from 2013 to 2017. A Democrat, she is also a former member of the Arizona House of Representatives.

United States House of Representatives lower house of the United States Congress

The United States House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the United States Congress, the Senate being the upper chamber. Together they compose the legislature of the United States.

Arizonas 2nd congressional district

Arizona's 2nd congressional district is a congressional district located in the U.S. state of Arizona. It contains the southeastern corner of the state, including roughly two-thirds of Tucson.

Arizonas 1st congressional district

Arizona's 1st congressional district is a congressional district located in the U.S. state of Arizona. Geographically, it is the tenth-largest congressional district in the country and includes much of the state outside the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas. Since 2013 it includes the Navajo Nation, the Hopi reservation and the Gila River Indian Community, with 25% of the population being Native American.

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Kirkpatrick was defeated in the 2010 midterm election but regained her old seat in a close race in 2012. [3] She retained her seat by winning in 2014. Kirkpatrick lost her Senate bid to incumbent Republican John McCain in the 2016 election.

John McCain American politician

John Sidney McCain III was an American politician and military officer who served as a United States senator from Arizona from January 1987 until his death. He previously served two terms in the United States House of Representatives and was the Republican nominee for president of the United States in the 2008 election, which he lost to Barack Obama.

Kirkpatrick was the Democratic nominee for Arizona's 2nd congressional district in the 2018 election, a race that she won on November 6.

Early life and early political career

Kirkpatrick was born and raised on an Apache Indian reservation near McNary, Arizona. [4] Her parents are European Americans who lived and worked on the reservation: her mother was a teacher and her father a general store owner. [5] When Kirkpatrick was in second grade, her family moved off the reservation to Pinetop-Lakeside. [5] Her maternal uncle, William Bourdon, was elected as a member of the State House. [6]

The Apache are a group of culturally related Native American tribes in the Southwestern United States, which include the Chiricahua, Jicarilla, Lipan, Mescalero, Salinero, Plains and Western Apache. Distant cousins of the Apache are the Navajo, with which they share the Southern Athabaskan languages. There are Apache communities in Oklahoma, Texas, and reservations in Arizona and New Mexico. Apache people have moved throughout the United States and elsewhere, including urban centers. The Apache Nations are politically autonomous, speak several different languages and have distinct cultures.

McNary, Arizona Census-designated place in Arizona, United States

McNary is a census-designated place (CDP) in Apache and Navajo counties in the U.S. state of Arizona. The population was 528 at the 2010 census. It is a 30-minute drive from Show Low and a 10-minute drive from Pinetop-Lakeside.

Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona Town in Arizona, United States

Pinetop–Lakeside is a small town in Navajo County, Arizona, United States. According to 2010 census, the population of the town is 4,282. It was founded in 1984 when the neighboring towns of Pinetop and Lakeside merged.

Kirkpatrick graduated from Blue Ridge High School as the valedictorian. [5] In 1972, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona, where she majored in Asian studies and learned to speak Mandarin Chinese. [5] After a brief experience as a teacher, Kirkpatrick decided to go to law school. [5] In 1979, she earned a juris doctorate from the University of Arizona College of Law. [7]

Blue Ridge High School (Arizona)

Blue Ridge High School is a 3A high school in Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona under the jurisdiction of the Blue Ridge Unified School District.

University of Arizona Public university in Tucson, Arizona, United States

The University of Arizona is a public research university in Tucson, Arizona. Founded in 1885, the UA was the first university in the Arizona Territory. As of 2017, the university enrolls 44,831 students in 19 separate colleges/schools, including the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix and the James E. Rogers College of Law, and is affiliated with two academic medical centers. The University of Arizona is governed by the Arizona Board of Regents. The University of Arizona is one of the elected members of the Association of American Universities and is the only representative from the state of Arizona to this group.

Mandarin Chinese major branch of Chinese spoken across most of northern and southwestern China

Mandarin is a group of related varieties of Chinese spoken across most of northern and southwestern China. The group includes the Beijing dialect, the basis of Standard Mandarin or Standard Chinese. Because Mandarin originated in North China and most Mandarin dialects are found in the north, the group is sometimes referred to as the Northern dialects. Many local Mandarin varieties are not mutually intelligible. Nevertheless, Mandarin is often placed first in lists of languages by number of native speakers.

In 1980, she was elected as Coconino County's first woman deputy county attorney. Kirkpatrick later served as city attorney for Sedona, Arizona. She was a member of the Flagstaff Water Commission. In 2004, she taught Business Law and Ethics at Coconino Community College." [8]

Sedona, Arizona City in Arizona, United States

Sedona is a city that straddles the county line between Coconino and Yavapai counties in the northern Verde Valley region of the U.S. state of Arizona. As of the 2010 census, its population was 10,031.

Arizona House of Representatives

In 2004, Kirkpatrick was elected to represent the 2nd Legislative District and took office in January 2005. Kirkpatrick was elected to a second term in the state House in 2006. While serving in the legislature, Kirkpatrick served as the ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, as well as the Education K-12 Committee and Natural Resources Committee. [8] [ not in citation given ]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2008
Kirkpatrick at a campaign event in Phoenix, Arizona. Ann Kirkpatrick by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Kirkpatrick at a campaign event in Phoenix, Arizona.

On July 24, 2007, Kirkpatrick resigned from the state House to run for the Democratic nomination in Arizona's 1st Congressional District. The seat was due to come open after three-term Republican incumbent Rick Renzi announced that he would not seek re-election in the face of a federal indictment on corruption charges, for which he eventually went to prison. Kirkpatrick won a four-way primary by almost 15 points on September 2, 2008.

Kirkpatrick faced Republican Sydney Ann Hay, a mining industry lobbyist, in the general election, garnering 56 percent of the vote. [9]

2010

Kirkpatrick was defeated for reelection in the off-year by Republican nominee Paul Gosar, with 49.7% of the vote versus Kirkpatrick's 43.7%. She was endorsed by The Arizona Republic . [10]

2012
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Kirkpatrick in 2013

Kirkpatrick announced she would run again for her old congressional seat in 2012. [11] Redistricting made the district significantly more Democratic than its predecessor; Democrats now have a nine-point registration advantage. Kirkpatrick was initially priming for a rematch against Gosar, but Gosar opted to run for reelection in the newly created, heavily Republican 4th District. [12] Kirkpatrick narrowly won the general election on November 6, 2012, defeating Republican Jonathan Paton, a former state Senator. [3] Kirkpatrick won the seat with less than 50% of the vote, as a Libertarian Party candidate took more than 6%. [13]

2014

Kirkpatrick won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014 with 52.6 of the vote, gaining several points. She faced no opposition in the Democratic primary. [14] According to a Washington Post article in December 2012, Kirkpatrick was one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014. [15] Kirkpatrick is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election. [16]

2018

Kirkpatrick ran for the seat in Arizona's 2nd congressional district to replace outgoing Republican Martha McSally, who retired to run for U.S. Senate. Kirkpatrick won the election. [17]

Tenure

Legislation

On March 14, 2014, Kirkpatrick cosponsored the Gulf War Health Research Reform Act of 2014 (H.R. 4261; 113th Congress), a bill that would alter the relationship between the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illnesses (RAC) and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The bill would make the RAC an independent organization within the VA, require that a majority of the RAC's members be appointed by Congress instead of the VA, and state that the RAC can release its reports without needing prior approval from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. [18] [19] The RAC is responsible for investigating Gulf War syndrome, a chronic multi-symptom disorder affecting returning military veterans and civilian workers of the Gulf War. [18] [20]

She voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly referred to as the stimulus. [21] [22]

She sponsored bill H.R. 4720, the Taking Responsibility for Congressional Pay Act, to lower the salaries of congressional members. The bill stalled in committee. [23]

Kirkpatrick voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March 2010. [24] [25] In May 2013, she voted against repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. [26]

Committee assignments

2016 U.S. Senate campaign

Kirkpatrick speaking in support of Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in October 2016. Ann Kirkpatrick by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Kirkpatrick speaking in support of Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in October 2016.

On May 26, 2015, Kirkpatrick announced her candidacy for the United States Senate seat in Arizona held by Republican John McCain. [27] She lost to McCain, 53.7% to 40.7%.

Political positions

Abortion

Kirkpatrick characterizes herself as pro-choice. [28] She has been endorsed by EMILY's List, Planned Parenthood and the National Women's Political Caucus. As a member of the Arizona state legislature, Kirkpatrick voted against a bill that would have required notarized parental consent for a minor to receive an abortion. [29] She voted against a bill to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization. [30]

Climate change

In 2009, as a member of the US House of Representatives, she voted against the American Clean Energy and Security Act HR 2454 (Waxman-Markey). [31] In 2015 she voted in favor of HR 2042, which blocked implementation of President Obama's signature climate change policy, the Clean Power Plan. [32] [33]

Ann Kirkpatrick stated on her 2016 Senatorial campaign website that climate change is real. [34]

Gun policy

Prior to the 2011 Tucson shooting, Kirkpatrick was described as "an ardent gun rights supporter." [35] She voted "to allow guns in national parks and against the reinstatement of a ban on the sale of semi-automatic weapons." [36]

In 2012, her campaign website stated that Kirkpatrick "pledge[d] to oppose any attempt by the federal government to undermine the Second Amendment and infringe on our constitutional right to bear arms." She stated that the shooting in Tucson caused her to rethink her support of gun rights and that "everything is on the table" as a potential solution to the issue of gun violence. [35] [37]

After the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the Arizona Daily Sun wrote that "Kirkpatrick's position on some firearms laws appears to be changing in light of the mid-December school shooting in Connecticut, her new stance is unclear." [36]

In the wake of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, Kirkpatrick participated in a sit-in on the floor of the U.S. House demanding action by Congress to address gun violence. [38] She also stated that "we must also look beyond this terrible moment and decide what we as a nation are willing to do to prevent hatred, gun violence and domestic terrorism," and mentioned "sensible solutions...that both respect the 2nd Amendment and keep our communities safer." [39]

Health care

Ann Kirkpatrick voted for the Affordable Care Act. [40] She has maintained that her vote for the ACA was "her proudest vote" in Congress. [41] Kirkpatrick also voted against numerous attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and to defund Planned Parenthood. [42] [43] She is one of 106 cosponsors of Pramila Jayapal's Medicare for All bill. [44]

Immigration

Kirkpatrick has called for "national, comprehensive reform" of United States immigration policy. She supports increased border patrol funding, installation of a ground-based radar system often referred to as a "smart fence", and a temporary-worker program, and temporary protections for some of those living illegally in the United States. [45]

Kirkpatrick says she supports the DREAM Act but failed to vote for the DREAM Act, in 2010. [28] [46]

Kirkpatrick has stated that she would have voted against Arizona's controversial immigration measure Arizona SB 1070. [47]

In March 2014, Kirkpatrick signed a discharge petition intended to force House leaders to bring immigration reform up for a vote on the House floor. [48]

Privacy

Kirkpatrick voted for CISPA, which would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. [49]

Same-sex marriage

Kirkpatrick supports same-sex marriage. [50]

Electoral history

2004

Arizona House of Representatives 2nd District Democratic Primary Election, 2004
PartyCandidateVotes%±
DemocraticAlbert Tom8,55239.34%
DemocraticAnn Kirkpatrick7,16532.96%
DemocraticBeverly Becenti-Pigman6,02327.70%
Turnout21,740
Arizona House of Representatives 2nd District Election, 2004
PartyCandidateVotes%±
DemocraticAnn Kirkpatrick28,94738.72%
DemocraticAlbert Tom24,66432.99%
IndependentSylvia Laughter21,15028.29%
Turnout74,761

2006

Arizona House of Representatives 2nd District Election, 2006
PartyCandidateVotes%±
DemocraticAnn Kirkpatrick (inc.)26,78745.48%
DemocraticAlbert Tom (inc.)22,86338.82%
RepublicanPreston Korn9,24715.70%
Turnout58,897

2008

Arizona's 1st Congressional District House Democratic Primary Election, 2008
PartyCandidateVotes%±
DemocraticAnn Kirkpatrick26,73447.24%
DemocraticMary Kim Titla18,42832.56%
DemocraticHoward Shanker8,05614.23%
DemocraticJeffrey Brown3,3765.97%
Turnout56,594
Arizona's 1st Congressional District House Election, 2008
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Democratic Ann Kirkpatrick155,79155.88%
Republican Sydney Hay109,92439.43%
Independent Brent Maupin9,3943.37%
Libertarian Thane Eichenauer3,6781.32%
Turnout 278,787

2010

Arizona's 1st Congressional District House Election, 2010
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Republican Paul Gosar112,81649.72%+10.29%
Democratic Ann Kirkpatrick99,23343.73%-12.15%
Libertarian Nicole Patti14,8696.55%+5.23%
Turnout 226,918
Republican gain from Democratic Swing 5.99%

2012

Arizona's 1st congressional district Democratic primary election, 2012
PartyCandidateVotes%±
DemocraticAnn Kirkpatrick33,83163.74%
Democratic Wenona Benally Baldenegro 19,24736.26%
Turnout53,078
Arizona’s 1st congressional district election, 2012 [51]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Democratic Ann Kirkpatrick122,77448.79%+0.91%
Republican Jonathan Paton 113,59445.14%-4.56%
Libertarian Kim Allen15,2276.05%-0.45%
Turnout 251,595
Democratic gain from Republican Swing 3.65%

2014

Arizona’s 1st congressional district election, 2014 [52]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Democratic Ann Kirkpatrick97,39152.61%+3.82%
Republican Andy Tobin 87,72347.39%+2.25%
Turnout 185,114
Democratic hold Swing 5.22%

2016

United States Senate election in Arizona, 2016 [53]
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Republican John McCain (Incumbent) 1,359,267 53.74% -5.33%
Democratic Ann Kirkpatrick1,031,24540.77%+5.99%
Green Gary Swing138,6345.48%+4.03%
Plurality328,02212.97%
Total votes2,529,146100.00%
Turnout 3,588,46674.17%?
Republican hold Swing

2018

Arizona's 2nd congressional district Democratic primary election, 2018 [54]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocraticAnn Kirkpatrick33,93841.9%
Democratic Matt Heinz 23,99229.6%
DemocraticMaria "Mary" Matiella7,6069.4%
Democratic Bruce Wheeler 6,8148.4%
DemocraticBilly Kovacs5,3506.7%
DemocraticBarbara Sherry2,0742.6%
DemocraticYahya Yuksel1,3191.6%
Turnout81,093
Arizona’s 2nd congressional district election, 2018
PartyCandidateVotes%±
Democratic Ann Kirkpatrick161,00055%+12%
Republican Lea Marquez Peterson133,08345%-12%
Turnout 294,152100%+12%
Democratic gain from Republican Swing 12%

Personal life

Kirkpatrick is married to Roger Curley and has two children. [5]

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Arizona House of Representatives
Preceded by
Sylvia Laughter
Member of the Arizona House of Representatives from the 2nd district
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Christopher Deschene
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Rick Renzi
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 1st congressional district

2009–2011
Succeeded by
Paul Gosar
Preceded by
Paul Gosar
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 1st congressional district

2013–2017
Succeeded by
Tom O'Halleran
Preceded by
Martha McSally
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 2nd congressional district

2019–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Rodney Glassman
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Arizona
(Class 3)

2016
Most recent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Donald Norcross
United States Representatives by seniority
247th
Succeeded by
Ed Case