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Ann Kirkpatrick
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 1st district
In office
January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2017
Preceded by Paul Gosar
Succeeded by Tom O'Halleran
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 10, 2005 – July 24, 2007
Preceded by Sylvia Laughter
Succeeded by Christopher Deschene
Personal details
Born (1950-03-24) March 24, 1950 (age 68)
McNary, Arizona, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Education University of Arizona (BA, JD)
Website Campaign website

Ann Kirkpatrick (born March 24, 1950)[1] is an American politician who served as the U.S. Representative from 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.

Kirkpatrick was defeated in the 2010 midterm election but regained her old seat in a close race in 2012.[2] She retained her seat by winning in 2014. Kirkpatrick lost a Senate bid to Republican John McCain in the 2016 election.

Kirkpatrick is a candidate for Arizona's 2nd congressional district in the 2018 election.

Early life and early political career[edit]

Kirkpatrick was born and raised on an Apache Indian reservation near McNary, Arizona.[3] Her parents are European Americans who lived and worked on the reservation: her mother was a teacher and her father a general store owner.[4] When Kirkpatrick was in second grade, her family moved off the reservation to Pinetop-Lakeside.[4] Her maternal uncle, William Bourdon, was elected as a member of the State House.[5]

Kirkpatrick graduated from Blue Ridge High School as the valedictorian.[4] In 1972, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona, where she majored in Asian studies and learned to speak Mandarin Chinese.[4] After a brief experience as a teacher, Kirkpatrick decided to go to law school.[4] In 1979, she earned a juris doctorate from the University of Arizona College of Law.[6]

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."[7]

Political positions[edit]


Kirkpatrick characterizes herself as pro-choice.[8] 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.[9] She voted against a bill to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[10]

Climate change[edit]

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).[11] In 2015 she voted in favor of HR 2042, which blocked implementation of President Obama's signature climate change policy, the Clean Power Plan.[12][13]

Ann Kirkpatrick stated on her 2016 Senatorial campaign website that climate change is real.[14]


NRA Support[edit]

Ann Kirkpatrick has never received campaign support from the NRA, which gave her letter grades of D and A in her early races for Congress, and most recently graded her D in her 2016 campaign.[15]

Kirkpatrick re-thought her position on gun laws after the shooting in Tucson in 2011. She told NPR's Laurel Morales, "Gabby Giffords was a mentor of mine in the state legislature and also in Congress. And, you know, this has hit really close to home."[16] Kirkpatrick told local journalists that,"We really need to have a meaningful conversation about this, absolutely. I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and I grew up hunting, but there is a real difference between a hunting rifle, and an automatic rifle. It’s a conversation people really want to have, that has definitely been lacking. I’ve been saying that since the shooting down here two years ago.” [17]

In 2016, Kirkpatrick joined other Democrats in calling to close the terror gap, arguing that "People too dangerous to fly are too dangerous to buy guns."[18]

Mass shootings[edit]

The mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut also had an effect on Kirkpatrick's thinking. She supported improving background checks in Congress in 2013, telling the Arizona Republic that "she could easily get behind Obama’s request to stiffen penalties for gun traffickers and require universal background checks." [19]

Kirkpatrick also told the Arizona Daily Sun that, “'The mass shooting in Connecticut has launched our nation to a new level of grief and outrage. It's all painfully familiar to Southern Arizonans. As a former prosecutor and congresswoman -- and as a mother -- I know we must act. Our children's safety is at stake." [20]

In the wake of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, Kirkpatrick released a press release stating that it was "devastating" and participated in a sit-in on the floor of the US House demanding action by Congress to address gun violence.[21] 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."[22]

Health care[edit]

Ann Kirkpatrick voted for the Affordable Care Act.[23] While she was attacked by Republicans for supporting the Act, she has maintained that her vote for the ACA was "her proudest vote" in Congress.[24] Kirkpatrick also voted against numerous attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and to defund Planned Parenthood.[25][26]


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.[27]

Kirkpatrick says she supports the DREAM Act but failed to vote for the DREAM Act, in 2010.[8][28]

Kirkpatrick has stated that she would have voted against Arizona's controversial immigration measure Arizona SB 1070.[29]

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.[30]


Kirkpatrick voted for CISPA, which would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[31]

Same-sex marriage[edit]

Kirkpatrick supports same-sex marriage.[32]

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]


Kirkpatrick speaking with supporters 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.[33]


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.[34]

Kirkpatrick in 2013

Kirkpatrick announced she would run again for her old congressional seat in 2012.[35] 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.[36] Kirkpatrick narrowly won the general election on November 6, 2012, defeating Republican Jonathan Paton, a former state Senator.[2] Kirkpatrick won the seat with less than 50% of the vote, as a Libertarian Party candidate took more than 6%.[37]


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.[38] According to a Washington Post article in December 2012, Kirkpatrick was one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[39] 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.[40]



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).[41] 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.[41] The Committee was involved in making recommendations regarding matching military certifications and equivalent civilian certifications so that veterans can smoothly shift into civilian life.[42]

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.[43][44] 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.[43][45]

She voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly referred to as the stimulus.[46][47]

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.[48]

Kirkpatrick voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March 2010.[49][50] In May 2013, she voted against repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[51]

Kirkpatrick has proposed multiple bills regarding veterans, one of which has been enacted and two just passed the House of Representatives.The enacted bill excluded disability payments from being considered as income under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996.[52]

Committee assignments[edit]


2016 Senate campaign[edit]

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 currently held by Republican John McCain.[53] She lost to McCain, 53.7% to 40.7%.

2018 House campaign[edit]

Kirkpatrick is attempting a return to the House in 2018, running for the Arizona's 2nd congressional district seat currently held by Republican Martha McSally.[54]

Electoral history[edit]


Arizona House of Representatives 2nd District Democratic Primary Election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Albert Tom 8,552 39.34%
Democratic Ann Kirkpatrick 7,165 32.96%
Democratic Beverly Becenti-Pigman 6,023 27.70%
Turnout 21,740
Arizona House of Representatives 2nd District Election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Ann Kirkpatrick 28,947 38.72%
Democratic Albert Tom 24,664 32.99%
Independent Sylvia Laughter 21,150 28.29%
Turnout 74,761


Arizona House of Representatives 2nd District Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Ann Kirkpatrick (inc.) 26,787 45.48%
Democratic Albert Tom (inc.) 22,863 38.82%
Republican Preston Korn 9,247 15.70%
Turnout 58,897


Arizona's 1st Congressional District House Democratic Primary Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Ann Kirkpatrick 26,734 47.24%
Democratic Mary Kim Titla 18,428 32.56%
Democratic Howard Shanker 8,056 14.23%
Democratic Jeffrey Brown 3,376 5.97%
Turnout 56,594
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 Democratic primary election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Ann Kirkpatrick 33,831 63.74%
Democratic Wenona Benally Baldenegro 19,247 36.26%
Turnout 53,078
Arizona’s 1st congressional district election, 2012[55]
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[56]
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%


United States Senate election in Arizona, 2016[57]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican John McCain (Incumbent) 1,359,267 53.74% -5.33%
Democratic Ann Kirkpatrick 1,031,245 40.77% +5.99%
Green Gary Swing 138,634 5.48% +4.03%
Plurality 328,022 12.97%
Total votes 2,529,146 100.00%
Turnout 3,588,466 74.17% ?
Republican hold Swing

Personal life[edit]

Kirkpatrick is married to Roger Curley and has two children.[4]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b Hendley, Matthew. "Ann Kirkpatrick Called Winner in CD-1; Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally Sit on Leads". Phoenix New Times, LLC. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Can Navajo Nation help rescue endangered Dem Congresswoman?". ABC News. October 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Wasser, Miriam (June 22, 2016). "Ann Kirkpatrick Is on the Hunt For John McCain — Well, His U.S. Senate Seat, At Least". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved July 26, 2016. 
  5. ^ Sangillo, Gregg (November 1, 2012). "Arizona, 1st House District". National Journal. Archived from the original on June 17, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Ann Kirkpatrick: A Lifetime of Service and Results". Kirkpatrick for Arizona. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Ann Kirkpatrick Member Page". Arizona State Legislature. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Phoenix Arizona Election Questionnaire for Congress, ANN KIRKPATRICK". 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  9. ^ "HB 2666 - Notarized Parental Consent for Abortions - Key Vote". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
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  14. ^ "Issues - Ann Kirkpatrick for U.S. Senate". Archived from the original on September 29, 2016. Retrieved September 1, 2016. 
  15. ^ Hansen, Ronald (2011-07-13). "Guns in Arizona: Gun backers outspend foes". Arizona Republic. 
  16. ^ Morales, Laurel (2012-12-31). NPR  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  18. ^ "Statement on House sit-in over 'Terror Gap' vote". Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick. Retrieved 2016-12-30. 
  19. ^ "Gun Reform". Arizona Republic. 2013-01-20. 
  20. ^ Cole, Cyndy (2013-01-10). "Kirkpatrick pivots on guns". Arizona Daily Sun. 
  21. ^ Theobald, Bill (2016-06-22). "Arizona representatives join U.S. House sit-in demanding gun vote". AZ Central. 
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  31. ^ Squash, Hubbard (April 21, 2013). "Democrats and "Progressives" who voted for CISPA. Let's hold them accountable!". Daily Kos. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  32. ^ "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. 
  33. ^ "Arizona". New York Times. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  34. ^ "Kirkpatrick's the right fit for rural district". Arizona Republic. October 3, 2010. 
  35. ^ Catanese, David; Isenstadt, Alex (March 31, 2011). "Dems eye GOP rematches for 2012". Politico. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  36. ^ Wilson, Reid (January 7, 2012). "Gosar Will Switch Districts". National Journal. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
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  38. ^ "Your Vote 2014". Arizona Public Media. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
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  40. ^ Bland, Scott (November 15, 2013). "Most Vulnerable House Democrats Side With GOP on 'Obamacare' Vote". National Journal. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
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  50. ^ Olka. "Updating The Health Care Whip Count - Hotline On Call". Archived from the original on February 24, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2010. 
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  52. ^ "GovTrack: Search Legislation in Congress". Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  53. ^ Lavender, Paige (May 26, 2015). "Ann Kirkpatrick Announces 2016 Senate Run". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  54. ^ Hansen, Ronald J. (July 20, 2017). "Kirkpatrick joins the list of Democrats running for McSally's congressional seat". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved November 4, 2017. 
  55. ^ "STATE OF ARIZONA OFFICIAL CANVASS" (PDF). December 3, 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 24, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  56. ^ "STATE OF ARIZONA OFFICIAL CANVASS" (PDF). December 1, 2014. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  57. ^ "2016 General Election November 8, 2016 Unofficial Results". November 8, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 

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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

Succeeded by
Tom O'Halleran
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