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Ann Leila Kirkpatrick (born March 24, 1950) is an American politician and retired attorney serving as the U.S. representative from Arizona's 2nd congressional district since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, she represented Arizona's 1st congressional district from 2009 to 2011 and again from 2013 to 2017. Kirkpatrick was a member of the Arizona House of Representatives from 2005 to 2007. First elected to Congress in 2008 in Arizona's 1st congressional district, Kirkpatrick was unseated in 2010. She regained her seat in a close race in 2012 and was reelected in 2014. Kirkpatrick ran for U.S. Senate in 2016 and was defeated by incumbent Republican John McCain. In 2018, she was elected to Congress in Arizona's 2nd congressional district; she was reelected in 2020. On March 12, 2021, Kirkpatrick announced she would not seek reelection in 2022. Early life and early political career Kirkpatrick was born on March 24, 1950, and raised on an Apache Indian reservation near McNary, Arizona. Her parents were European Americans who lived and worked on the reservation. Her mother was a teacher, and her father was a general store owner. When Kirkpatrick was in second grade, her family moved off the reservation to Pinetop-Lakeside. Her maternal uncle, William Bourdon, was elected as a member of the State House.Kirkpatrick graduated from Blue Ridge High School as the valedictorian. In 1972, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona, where she majored in Asian studies and learned to speak Mandarin Chinese. After a brief experience as a teacher, Kirkpatrick decided to go to law school. In 1979, she earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona College of Law.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 County Community College." Arizona House of Representatives In 2004, Kirkpatrick was elected to represent the 2nd legislative district and took office in January 2005. She was reelected in 2006. In the legislature, Kirkpatrick served as the ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee and the Education K-12 Committee and Natural Resources Committee. U.S. House of Representatives Elections 2008 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 reelection in the face of a federal indictment on corruption charges, for which he eventually went to prison. Kirkpatrick won the four-way primary by almost 15 points on September 2. Kirkpatrick defeated Republican Sydney Ann Hay, a mining industry lobbyist, in the general election, with 56% of the vote. 2010 Kirkpatrick was defeated for reelection by Republican nominee Paul Gosar, with 49.7% of the vote to Kirkpatrick's 43.7%. She was endorsed by The Arizona Republic. 2012 Kirkpatrick announced she would run again for her old congressional seat in 2012. Redistricting made the district significantly more Democratic than its predecessor; Democrats had 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. Kirkpatrick narrowly won the general election, defeating Republican Jonathan Paton, a former state senator, with less than 50% of the vote, as a Libertarian Party candidate took more than 6%. 2014 Kirkpatrick was reelected with 52.6% of the vote. She faced no opposition in the Democratic primary. According to a December 2012 Washington Post article, Kirkpatrick was one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014. She was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program, which was designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election. 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 had to move across the state, from Flagstaff to Tucson, in order to run. She won the election with 54.7% of the vote. 2020 Kirkpatrick was reelected over Republican nominee Brandon Martin.Kirkpatrick announced she would "term-limit" herself and not seek reelection in 2022. Tenure 111th Congress (2009–11) Kirkpatrick voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly called the stimulus package. She sponsored bill H.R. 4720, the Taking Responsibility for Congressional Pay Act, to lower the salaries of members of Congress. The bill stalled in committee. Kirkpatrick voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March 2010. 113th Congress (2013–15) In May 2013, Kirkpatrick voted against repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.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 makes the RAC an independent organization within the VA, requiring that a majority of the RAC's members be appointed by Congress instead of the VA, and states that the RAC release its reports without needing prior approval from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. 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. 117th Congress (2021–23) Kirkpatrick was at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, to certify the 2020 presidential electoral votes when the Capitol was attacked by Donald Trump supporters. She and her staff were evacuated from their office around 11 AM due to a report of a suspicious object found in the vicinity. About 45 minutes later, they returned to their office. Shortly thereafter, the building was put on lockdown as rioters breached the Capitol. She called the attack a "cowardly assault on Democracy" and blamed President Donald Trump for inciting it. The next day, Kirkpatrick called for Trump's removal from office, calling him "unfit to hold office". She supported the resolution to have Vice President Mike Pence invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. Days later, she voted, for the second time, to impeach Trump.As of October 2021, Kirkpatrick had voted in line with Joe Biden's stated position 100% of the time. Committee assignments Committee on Appropriations (2019–present) Subcommittee on Defense Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (2013–2017) Committee on Veterans' Affairs (2009–.... Discover the Barry Kirkpatrick popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Barry Kirkpatrick books.

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