Ann Kirkpatrick

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Ann Kirkpatrick
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Paul Gosar
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Rick Renzi
Succeeded by Paul Gosar
Member of the Arizona House of Representatives
from the 2nd district
In office
January 2005 – January 2007
Preceded by Sylvia Laughter
Succeeded by Christopher Deschene
Personal details
Born (1950-03-24) March 24, 1950 (age 65)
McNary, Arizona, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Arizona
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website House website

Ann Kirkpatrick (born March 24, 1950)[1] is an American politician who has been the United States Representative for Arizona's 1st congressional district since 2013; she represented the same district from 2009 to 2011. She is a member of the Democratic Party. She earlier served in the Arizona House of Representatives. She was defeated by Republican Paul Gosar in the 2010 election. In 2012, she was again the Democratic nominee, and went on to win the general election to regain her old seat in a close race.[2]

On May 26, 2015, Kirkpatrick announced she was challenging Senator John McCain for his United States Senate seat in the 2016 election.[3]

Early life and early political career[edit]

Kirkpatrick was born and raised on an Apache Indian reservation near McNary, Arizona,[4] though she is not of Native American descent; her mother was a teacher and her father a general store owner. Her uncle, William Bourdon, was a member of the State House.[5] She graduated from Blue Ridge High School, the University of Arizona with an undergraduate degree in social studies in 1972, and the University of Arizona College of Law with a juris doctor in 1979.[6]

In 1980 she became Coconino County’s first woman deputy county attorney, and she later served as city attorney for Sedona. She was a member of the Flagstaff Water Commission. In 2004, she taught Business Law and Ethics at Coconino Community College."[7]

Political positions[edit]


Kirkpatrick has called for "national, comprehensive reform" of United States immigration policy. Kirkpatrick has said that 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 path to citizenship that would allow those already living in the United States illegally to earn legal status by learning English, holding a job and paying a fine.[8]

Kirkpatrick supports the DREAM Act, which would provide conditional permanent residency to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as minors and meet certain criteria.[9]

Kirkpatrick has stated that she would have voted against Arizona's controversial immigration measure Arizona SB 1070.[10]

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.[11]

Health care[edit]

Kirkpatrick voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March 2010.[12][13] In May 2013, she voted against repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[14]


She supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly referred to as the stimulus.[15][16]

Veterans benefits[edit]

Kirkpatrick has proposed seven bills regarding veterans, five of which have passed. Two such bills were H.R. 2879, which closed a loophole for terminally ill service members who want to collect their life insurance, and H.R. 3553, which removed disability payments as consideration of income under means-tested housing assistance.[17] Kirkpatrick voted against the Veterans Benefits Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014, which was designed to continue the operation of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefit Administration for 2014.[18]

Congressional pay[edit]

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.[19]

Same-sex marriage[edit]

Kirkpatrick supports same-sex marriage.[20]


Kirkpatrick characterizes herself as pro-choice.[9] 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.[21] She voted against a bill to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[22]


Kirkpatrick voted for CISPA, which would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[23]

Arizona House of Representatives[edit]

In 2004, Kirkpatrick was elected to represent the 1st 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.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



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. 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.[24]


Kirkpatrick was defeated for reelection by Republican nominee Paul Gosar, with 49.7% of the vote versus Kirkpatrick's 43.7%. She was endorsed by The Arizona Republic.[25]


Kirkpatrick announced she would run again for her old congressional seat in 2012.[26] Redistricting made the district significantly more Democratic than its predecessor; Democrats now have a nine-point registration advantage. She was initially priming for a rematch against Gosar, but Gosar opted to run for reelection in the newly created, heavily Republican 4th District.[27] Kirkpatrick narrowly won the general election on November 6, 2012, defeating Republican former state Senator Jonathan Paton.[2] Kirkpatrick won the seat with less than 50% of the vote, while a Libertarian Party candidate took more than 6%.[28]


Kirkpatrick won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She faced no opposition in the Democratic primary.[29] According to a Washington Post article in December 2012, Kirkpatrick was one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[30] 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.[31]



On August 1, 2013, Kirkpatrick introduced the bill To amend title 38, United States Code, to reestablish the Professional Certification and Licensure Advisory Committee of the Department of Veterans Affairs (H.R. 2942; 113th Congress).[32] The bill would reestablish the Professional Certification and Licensure Advisory Committee of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs which had previously ended in 2009.[32] The Committee was involved in making recommendations regarding matching military certifications and equivalent civilian certifications so that veterans can smoothly shift into civilian life.[33]

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.[34][35] The RAC is responsible for investigating Gulf War syndrome, a chronic multisymptom disorder affecting returning military veterans and civilian workers of the Gulf War.[34][36]

Committee assignments[edit]


2016 Senate campaign[edit]

On May 26, 2015, Kirkpatrick announced her candidacy for the United States Senate seat in Arizona currently held by Republican John McCain.[3]

Electoral history[edit]


Arizona's 1st Congressional District House Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Ann Kirkpatrick 155,791 55.88%
Republican Sydney Hay 109,924 39.43%
Independent Brent Maupin 9,394 3.37%
Libertarian Thane Eichenauer 3,678 1.32%
Turnout 278,787


Arizona's 1st Congressional District House Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Paul Gosar 112,816 49.72% +10.29%
Democratic Ann Kirkpatrick 99,233 43.73% -12.15%
Libertarian Nicole Patti 14,869 6.55% +5.23%
Turnout 226,918
Republican gain from Democratic Swing 5.99%


Arizona’s 1st congressional district election, 2012[37]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Ann Kirkpatrick 122,774 48.79% +0.91%
Republican Jonathan Paton 113,594 45.14% -4.56%
Libertarian Kim Allen 15,227 6.05% -0.45%
Turnout 251,595
Democratic gain from Republican Swing 3.65%


Arizona’s 1st congressional district election, 2014[38]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Ann Kirkpatrick 97,391 52.61% +3.82%
Republican Andy Tobin 87,723 47.39% +2.25%
Turnout 185,114
Democratic hold Swing 5.22%

Personal life[edit]

Kirkpatrick is married to Roger Curley and has two children.


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  20. ^ "Phoenix Arizona Election Questionnaire for Congress, ANN KIRKPATRICK". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved January 3, 2013. Like many Arizonans over the past few years, I have come to support marriage equality. 
  21. ^ "HB 2666 - Notarized Parental Consent for Abortions - Key Vote". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
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  33. ^ Gonzalez, Steve (25 March 2014). "Witness Testimony of Mr. Steve Gonzalez, Assistant Director, National Economic Commission, The American Legion". House Committee on Veterans Affairs. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  34. ^ a b Coffman, Mike (14 March 2014). "Bipartisan Bill on Gulf War Health Research". House Office of Mike Coffman. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
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  38. ^ "STATE OF ARIZONA OFFICIAL CANVASS" (PDF). December 1, 2014. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Rick Renzi
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 1st congressional district

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

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Alan Grayson
United States Representatives by seniority
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