Ron Barber

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Ron Barber
Rob barber, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 2nd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Trent Franks
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 8th district
In office
June 12, 2012[1] – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Gabrielle Giffords
Succeeded by Trent Franks
Personal details
Born (1945-08-25) August 25, 1945 (age 69)
Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Nancy Barber; 2 daughters
Children Jenny Douglas
Crissi Blake[2]
Alma mater University of Arizona (B.A.)

Ronald S. "Ron" Barber (born August 25, 1945) is an American politician who has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since 2012. Barber, a Democrat from Arizona, served as district director for U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords before Giffords resigned her seat due to the severe injuries she sustained in an assassination attempt, in which Barber was also injured. He won the Democratic nomination for the special election to finish Giffords's term[3] and was sworn into office on June 19, 2012.[3]

In the 2012 general election, he was elected to a full term. His district—numbered as the 8th district in 2012, and as the 2nd district since 2013—includes the eastern two-thirds of Tucson, as well as the southeastern corner of Arizona. Barber is running for re-election in 2014. According to the Washington Post, he is one of the ten most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Barber was born in Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, shortly after World War II.[5] Barber's father was an airman stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Barber graduated from Tucson's Rincon High School in 1963, and earned a B.A. from the University of Arizona in 1967.[1]

Early public sector career[edit]

Barber worked as director and program manager of the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities in Pima County from 1974 to 2006.[6][7][8] Barber worked as Giffords' district director beginning in 2007. On January 8, 2011, Barber was shot in the thigh and face during an attempt on Giffords' life, in which Giffords was badly injured and six people were killed.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2012 special election

In 2012, following the resignation of Giffords, Barber decided to seek election to the seat. On June 12, 2012, he defeated Jesse Kelly, an Iraq War veteran, in a special election.[3][9][10]

2012 regular election

On March 19, 2012, Barber announced that he would run for a full term in the district, which had been renumbered as the 2nd District, in the 2012 general election.[6] The district was, at least on paper, slightly more Democratic than its predecessor.[11] However, his race against Republican Martha McSally was one of the closest in the nation. McSally led on election night by a few hundred votes, but the race was initially too close to call due to a large number of provisional ballots. Barber eventually overtook McSally as more ballots were counted. By November 16, most of the outstanding ballots were in heavily Democratic precincts near Tucson. The Arizona Republic determined that as a result, McSally would not be able to pick up enough votes to overcome Barber's lead.[12] By November 17, Barber's lead over McSally had grown to 1,400 votes. The same day, the Associated Press determined that there weren't enough ballots outstanding for McSally to regain the lead, and called the race for Barber.[13] McSally conceded the race later that morning.[12]

2014

Barber is running for re-election in 2014. The Democratic primary election took place on August 26, 2014, with the general election slated for November 4, 2014. Martha McSally, whom Barber defeated in the 2012 election, won the Republican primary.[14][15] According to USA Today, Arizona's 2nd Congressional District will feature one of the most competitive House races of 2014.[16]

In September 2014, Americans for Responsible Solutions, a pro-gun control PAC founded by Gabby Giffords, began running television ads in support of Barber.[17][18]

Tenure[edit]

Touting his independence, Barber has voted the same way as Speaker of the House John Boehner on 10 out of the 16 occasions that Boehner has chosen to cast a vote - more than any other House Democrat.[19]

Health care policy

In May 2013, Barber voted against repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[20]

Gun control

Barber is a strong supporter of gun control laws.[21] In 2013, Barber co-sponsored a bill that would expand background checks on gun sales.[17]

Abortion

Barber characterizes himself as pro-choice, and has voted against legislation that would prohibit federal funding for health plans that include abortion services.[22][23][24]

Gay rights

Barber is a co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act.[25] He supported the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.[26]

Immigration

Barber has called for increased border security.[25] He is in favor of the DREAM Act.[25]

Committee assignments[edit]

Barber served on these committees.[27]

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife Nancy live in Tucson, Arizona; the couple has two daughters. The Barbers operate a small business.[28]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

  1. ^ a b "Barber, Ron". Washington, D.C.: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. June 20, 2012. Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tucson shooting victim US Rep. Ron Barber addresses Loughner". Phoenix,AZ: KPHO. November 8, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Former Gabrielle Giffords aide Ron Barber wins election to finish her term". CBS News. June 13, 2012. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ Blake, Aaron (December 7, 2012). "House Democrats face long odds in 2014". Washington Post. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Ron Barber aiming to replace Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona"
  6. ^ a b Campaign Biography
  7. ^ Sanders, Rebekah L. (April 14, 2012). "Election for Giffords' seat a mercurial race". Arizona Republic. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ Neighbor, Megan (January 12, 2011). "Arizona shooting: Staffer displayed his devotion to Gabrielle Giffords". Arizona Republic. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  9. ^ Myers, Amanda Lee (June 13, 2012). "Jesse Kelly 'Reflecting' After Losing To Ron Barber In Race To Replace Gabrielle Giffords". The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 14, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Barber sworn-in to succeed Gabby Giffords.", Google News. June 19, 2012.
  11. ^ Taylor, Jessica (October 5, 2011). "House Democrats Gain With New Arizona Map". National Journal. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Nowicki, Dan; D'Anna, Jon. Barber wins hard-fought race against McSally. The Arizona Republic, November 17, 2012.
  13. ^ "Voters in Arizona's 2nd pick Barber over McSally.", Associated Press via KOLD-TV, November 17, 2012.
  14. ^ "Arizona's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014". Ballotpedia. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  15. ^ "McSally pilots easy Arizona GOP primary win to face Democratic Rep. Barber in rematch". Fox News. 2014-08-27. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  16. ^ Schouten, Fredreka (March 14, 2014). "Latino group to run ads hitting Arizona Democrat over Obamacare". USA Today. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  17. ^ a b Isenstadt, Alex (9-3-2014). "Gabrielle Giffords’ ad push aims to aid successor". Politico. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  18. ^ Miller, S.A. (9-7-2014). "Giffords’ gun control group runs ad to boost Barber". Washington Times. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  19. ^ Giroux, Greg (October 28, 2013). "Some Democrats Vote With Boehner Touting Independence". Bloomberg. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Obamacare and Vulnerable Democrats". The Wall Street Journal. May 20, 2013. 
  21. ^ Lachman, Samantha (January 13, 2014). "Martha McSally's Bid To Flip Arizona Dem Ron Barber's House Seat Just Got A Bit Easier". Huffington Post. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Ron Barber's Voting Records on Issue: Abortion". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  23. ^ "On Passage: H R 7 To prohibit taxpayer funded abortions". Open Congress. Sunlight Foundation. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  24. ^ "House Vote 29 - H.R.7: On Motion to Recommit with Instructions". New York Times. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  25. ^ a b c "Phoenix Arizona Election Questionnaire for Congress, RON BARBER". Gannett. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  26. ^ Nintzel, Jim (May 31, 2012). "CD 8 candidates Ron Barber and Jesse Kelly split on abortion, gay rights". Tucson Weekly. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  27. ^ U.S. Rep. Ron Barber Appointed to House Armed Services Committee
  28. ^ Special Election on June 12: Ron Barber Stands with Planned Parenthood

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Gabrielle Giffords
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 8th congressional district

2012–2013
Succeeded by
Trent Franks
Preceded by
Trent Franks
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 2nd congressional district

2013–present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Suzanne Bonamici
D-Oregon
United States Representatives by seniority
347th
Succeeded by
Suzan DelBene
D-Washington