Ron Barber

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Ron Barber
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U.S. House, Arizona, District 2
In office
June 29, 2012 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorGabrielle Giffords (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$24.19 in 2012
First electedJune 12, 2012
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,776,638
Term limitsN/A
High schoolRincon High School, 1963
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arizona, 1967
BirthdayAugust 25, 1945
Place of birthWakefield, England
Net worth$1,143,981
Office website
Campaign website
Ron Barber campaign logo
Ron Barber (b. August 25, 1945, in Wakefield, England) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing Arizona's 2nd Congressional District. Barber was first elected to the House on June 12, 2012, to fill the vacancy created with the resignation of Representative Gabrielle Giffords. He won election for a full term on November 6, 2012, defeating Martha McSally (R) in a race that was not called until one week after voting took place.[1]

Prior to his service in the U.S. House, Barber was a staff member of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords from 2007 until her resignation in 2012.

According to a Washington Post article in December 2012, Barber is one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[2] Barber will likely face a rematch from Martha McSally in the 2014 general election.[3] The 2nd Congressional District is a battleground in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Barber is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Barber's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 1967: Graduated from University of Arizona, Tucson with B.A.
  • 1976-2006: Staff and director, Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities,
  • 2007-2012: Staff, United States Representative Gabrielle Giffords
  • 2012-Present: U.S. Representative from Arizona

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Barber serves on the following committees:[5]


Key votes

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Barber's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security


Voted "Yes" Barber voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Barber voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Barber voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]


Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[11] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] Barber voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Barber joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[14][15]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[17] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[18] Barber voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Barber voted for HR 2775.[21]

Barber declined to accept his salary while the government was shutdown.[22]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "Yes" Barber voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years. Barber was 1 of 44 Democrats who supported the bill, while 144 voted against it.[23]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Barber voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[24] The vote largely followed party lines.[25]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Barber voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[26]

Social issues


Voted "No" Barber voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[27]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Barber voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[28]


On The Issues Vote Match

Ron Barber's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Barber is a Moderate Liberal Populist. Barber received a score of 45 percent on personal issues and 29 percent on economic issues.[29]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Unknown Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[29]

Campaign themes


Barber's campaign website lists the following issues:[30]

  • Standing Up For The Middle Class – Jobs And The Economy
Excerpt: "I have worked my whole life in Southern Arizona. My wife and I ran a small business for 22 years, and now our children are raising their families here as well. That’s why making sure that our economy improves and provides good jobs is my top priority. We can’t have a thriving America without a thriving middle class."
  • Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "Getting our nation’s finances under control is critically important. We can do it—but only if we also focus on growing our economy. That is why I support a balanced approach that includes spending cuts as well as making sure that the rich and corporations pay their fair share."
  • Social Security and Medicare
Excerpt: "I have pledged to protect Social Security and Medicare, and make sure that it is available to future generations. Millions of Americans have paid into Social Security and Medicare expecting that it would be there when they retired. For many Americans, this is their only source of income and health care security in their senior years–and they deserve representatives who will fight to make sure its there for them."
  • Border Security
Excerpt: "Southern Arizonans who live near our border with Mexico deserve the same safety and security as every American. I have spent countless hours along our border meeting with residents, business owners, and law enforcement officials, and I know what we need to get the job done."
  • Military and Veterans
Excerpt: "I was raised in a military family and lived on Davis-Monthan Air Force base, so I understand what our military families sacrifice when they serve. I will be a strong voice in Congress for those who serve currently and have served."



See also: Arizona's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Barber is seeking re-election in 2014. He said in a statement, "I am focused on doing my job, serving Southern Arizona — not re-election. There will be plenty of time next year to talk about the campaign — but let me be clear — I will be running and am putting everything in place to win."[31]

According to a Washington Post article in December 2012, Barber is one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[32]

The National Republican Congressional Committee listed Barber's seat as one of seven early targets in the 2014 congressional elections.[33] The seven targets align perfectly with the seven most Republican districts currently held by Democrats, according to FairVote's partisanship index. Barber's district ranks as the 7th most Republican (46% D).[34]

Barber 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.[35]


Regular election

See also: Arizona's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Barber won the 2012 election to the U.S. House, representing Arizona's 2nd District. He defeated Matt Heinz in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. He then defeated Martha McSally (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[36][37][38]

U.S. House, Arizona District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRon Barber Incumbent 50.4% 147,338
     Republican Martha McSally 49.6% 144,884
     Libertarian Anthony Powell 0% 57
Total Votes 292,279
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Arizona District 2 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRon Barber Incumbent 82% 51,206
Matt Heinz 18% 11,213
Charlie Manolakis (Write-in) 0% 4
Total Votes 62,423

Special election

See also: Arizona's 8th Congressional District special election, 2012

On June 12, 2012, Ron Barber won election to the United States House. He defeated Jesse Kelly (R) and Charlie Manolakis (G) in the special election.[39]

U.S. House, Arizona District 8 Special Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRon Barber 52.3% 111,204
     Republican Jesse Kelly 45.4% 96,465
     Green Charlie Manolakis 2.3% 4,869
Total Votes 212,538

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Barber is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Barber raised a total of $2,776,638 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[40]

Ron Barber's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Arizona, District 2) Won $2,776,638
Grand Total Raised $2,776,638


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Barber's reports.[41]

Ron Barber (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[42]April 15, 2013$86,068.66$297,213.90$(55,409.14)$327,873.42
July Quarterly[43]July 15, 2013$327,873.42$294,191.88$(70,446.30)$551,619.00
October Quarterly[44]October 15, 2013$551,619.00$318,584.58$(103,000.07)$767,203.51
Year-End[45]January 31, 2014$767,203$252,732$(80,706)$939,229
April Quarterly[46]April 15, 2014$939,229$422,799$(151,977)$1,210,051
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Barber's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Barber won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Barber's campaign committee raised a total of $2,776,638 and spent $2,690,570.[47] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[48]

Cost per vote

Barber spent $24.19 per vote received in 2012.

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Barber's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $406,021 and $1,881,942. That averages to $1,143,981, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Barber ranked as the 192nd most wealthy representative in 2012.[49] Between 2011 and 2012, Barber's calculated net worth[50] increased by an average of 26 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[51]

Ron Barber Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2011 to 2012:26%
Average annual growth:26%[52]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[53]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Barber is a "centrist Democratic follower" as of June 4, 2013.[54]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[55]

Barber most often votes with:

Barber least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Barber missed 9 of 367 roll call votes from June 2012 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[56]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Barber's vote ratings are not available for 2012.[57]

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Barber has voted with the Democratic Party 82.1% of the time. This ranked 196th among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.[58]


Barber and his wife, Nancy, have two children.[59]

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  1. Seattle PI, "Voters in Arizona's 2nd pick Barber over McSally," November 17, 2012
  2. Washington Post, "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," accessed December 7, 2012
  3. Roll Call, "GOP Poll: McSally and Barber Tied in Arizona," July 11, 2013
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Ron Barber," accessed September 19, 2012
  5. - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
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  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
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  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  27. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  28. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  29. 29.0 29.1 On The Issues, "Ron Barber Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  30. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed June 10, 2014
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  33. The Hill, "NRCC, promising to 'stay on offense,' targets seven Dems," accessed January 16, 2013
  34. FairVote, "NRCC Targets Foreshadow Power of Partisanship in 2014 Elections," January 18, 2013
  35. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
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  37. Associated Press, "Primary results," August 28, 2012
  38. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  39. Arizona Secretary of State, "Official Special Election Canvass of Results," accessed April 22, 2013
  40. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Ron Barber," accessed March 22, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Ron Barber Summary Report," accessed July 22, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Ron Barber April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Ron Barber July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Ron Barber October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  45. Federal Election Commission, "Ron Barber Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  46. Federal Election Commission, "Ron Barber April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  47. Open Secrets, "Ron Barber 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 19, 2013
  48. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  49. OpenSecrets, "Ron Barber (D-Ariz), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  50. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  51. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  52. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  53. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  54. Gov Track, "Ron Barber," accessed June 4, 2013
  55. OpenCongress, "Ron Barber," accessed July 30, 2013
  56. GovTrack, "Ron Barber," accessed April 2, 2013
  57. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  58. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 4, 2013
  59. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed July 10, 2012
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U.S. House - Arizona District 2
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