|U.S. House, Arizona, District 2|
|June 29, 2012 - Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Gabrielle Giffords (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$24.19 in 2012|
|First elected||June 12, 2012|
|Next primary||August 26, 2014|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Rincon High School, 1963|
|Bachelor's||University of Arizona, 1967|
|Birthday||August 25, 1945|
|Place of birth||Wakefield, England|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 3.1 Legislative actions
- 3.1.1 113th Congress
- 3.1.2 National security
- 3.1.3 Economy
- 3.1.4 Immigration
- 3.1.5 Healthcare
- 3.1.6 Social issues
- 3.1.7 Previous congressional sessions
- 3.2 Campaign themes
- 3.1 Legislative actions
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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 1 of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014. Barber will likely face a rematch from Martha McSally in the 2014 general election.
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:
- 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
Barber serves on the following committees:
- Armed Services Committee
- Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
- Subcommittee on Readiness
- Homeland Security Committee
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency Ranking Member
- United States House Committee on Small Business
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. For more information pertaining to Barber's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
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.
Barber voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.
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.
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. 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. However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states. Barber voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.
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. The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. 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 left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Barber joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
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. 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. Barber voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
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 funds 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. 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.
Barber declined to accept his salary while the government was shutdown.
Federal Pay Adjustment Act
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.
Morton Memos Prohibition
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. The vote largely followed party lines.
Healthcare Reform Rules
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.
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.
Previous congressional sessions
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 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.
Barber's campaign website listed the following issues:
- 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."
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."
The National Republican Congressional Committee listed Barber's seat as one of seven early targets in the 2014 congressional elections. 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).
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.
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.
|U.S. House, Arizona District 2 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Ron Barber Incumbent||50.4%||147,338|
|Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Arizona District 2 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Ron Barber Incumbent||82%||51,206|
|Charlie Manolakis (Write-in)||0%||4|
|U.S. House, Arizona District 8 Special Election, 2012|
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.
|Ron Barber's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Arizona, District 2)||$2,776,638|
|Grand Total Raised||$2,776,638|
|Ron Barber (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$86,068.66||$297,213.90||$(55,409.14)||$327,873.42|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$327,873.42||$294,191.88||$(70,446.30)||$551,619.00|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$551,619.00||$318,584.58||$(103,000.07)||$767,203.51|
|Year-End||January 31, 2014||$767,203||$252,732||$(80,706)||$939,229|
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. This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Barber spent $24.19 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Arizona District 2, 2012 - Ron Barber Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$1,458,135|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$1,438,089|
|Top contributors to Ron Barber's campaign committee|
|University of Arizona||$36,550|
|Service Employees International Union||$30,250|
|Operating Engineers Union||$30,000|
|American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees||$21,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$125,750|
|Building Trade Unions||$92,500|
Ideology and leadership
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.
Barber most often votes with:
Barber least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.
|Ron Barber Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Avg. Net Worth||% Difference from previous year|
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.
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.
Barber and his wife, Nancy, have two children.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Ron + Barber + Arizona + House
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- United States congressional delegations from Arizona
- United States House of Representatives
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- Voting record:
- Media appearances:
- Media coverage:
- Seattle PI "Voters in Arizona's 2nd pick Barber over McSally," November 17, 2012
- Washington Post "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," December 7, 2012
- Roll Call, "GOP Poll: McSally and Barber Tied in Arizona," July 11, 2013
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Ron Barber," Accessed September 19, 2012
- CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress, accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity," December 9, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
- Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
- NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
- CNN.com "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
- U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
- Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- Campaign website, Issues
- Arizona Daily Star, "Barber confirms plan to seek re-election," November 20, 2013
- Washington Post "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," December 7, 2012
- The Hill, "NRCC, promising to 'stay on offense,' targets seven Dems," January 16, 2013
- FairVote "NRCC Targets Foreshadow Power of Partisanship in 2014 Elections," January 18, 2013
- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
- Official primary candidate list
- Associated Press primary results
- ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
- Arizona Secretary of State, "Official Special Election Canvass of Results," accessed April 22, 2013
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Ron Barber," Accessed March 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Ron Barber Summary Report," Accessed July 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Ron Barber April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Ron Barber July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Ron Barber October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Ron Barber Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
- Open Secrets "Ron Barber 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- Gov Track "Ron Barber," Accessed June 4, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Ron Barber," Accessed July 30, 2013
- GovTrack, "Ron Barber," Accessed April 2, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Ron Barber (D-Ariz), 2012"
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
- Project Vote Smart biography
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