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Congresswoman

Arizona (District: 1)

Democratic

Current

starts 01/03/2013

Biography

Ann Kirkpatrick (born March 24, 1950) is an http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States">American politician who has been the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives">United States Representative for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arizona%27s_1st_congressional_district">Arizona’s 1st congressional districtsince 2013; previously she represented the same district from 2009 to 2011. She is a member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Party_(United_States)">Democratic Party. She earlier served in thehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arizona_House_of_Representatives">Arizona House of Representatives. She was defeated by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_(United_States)">Republican http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Gosar">Paul Gosar in the 2010 election. In 2012, she was again the Democratic nominee, and went on to win the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_election">general election to regain her old seat in a close race.

Arizona born and raised, Ann Kirkpatrick resides in Flagstaff, and her earliest roots are found in Eastern Arizona in McNary on the White Mountain Apache Nation. Her father ran a general store and her mother was a schoolteacher. Ann graduated from Blue Ridge High School in the White Mountains and then worked her way through the University of Arizona, earning a bachelor’s degree and then a law degree there.

After earning her law degree, Ann served the people of Greater Arizona in a variety of positions. In 1980, she became Coconino County’s first female Deputy County Attorney, cracking down on criminals and protecting neighborhoods and families in Northern Arizona. She later served as Sedona’s City Attorney.

In November 2004, Ann’s neighbors elected her to the Arizona House of Representatives to represent Legislative District 2, which included Flagstaff and the Havasupai, Hopi, Hualapai, Navajo, and San Juan Southern Paiute Nations. At the state Capitol, Ann championed fiscal responsibility and quality education.

During her 2008-10 term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Ann’s results stood out in Congress, seeing more of her bills and amendments signed into law than almost any other freshman representative. Ann’s hard work created jobs, helped small businesses, hired more border patrol agents, and protected veterans and seniors in Greater Arizona.

In November 2012, Ann was elected to once again represent the people of Arizona’s Congressional District 1. She currently serves on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the 113th Congress.

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