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According to a ''Washington Post'' article in December 2012, Kirkpatrick is one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in [[United States House of Representatives elections, 2014|2014]].<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/12/07/house-democrats-face-long-odds-in-2014/ ''Washington Post'', "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," accessed December 7, 2012]</ref>

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Ann Kirkpatrick
Ann Kirkpatrick.jpg
U.S. House, Arizona, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorPaul Gosar (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$19.18 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,349,203
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
United States House of Representatives
2008-2010
Arizona State House of Representatives
2004-2008
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arizona
J.D.University of Arizona
Personal
BirthdayMarch 14, 1950
Place of birthMcNary, AZ
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$1,169,007
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Ann Kirkpatrick (b. March 14, 1950, in McNary, Arizona) is a member of the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of Arizona. Kirkpatrick was first elected to the seat in 2012. She defeated Wenona Benally Baldenegro in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. She then defeated Jonathan Paton (R) and Kim Allen (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Kirkpatrick is one of nine individuals elected to U.S. House in 2012 who have prior congressional experience and one of five House Democrats ousted in 2010 to win back a seat two years later.[1][2] She formerly served in the 111th congress and won re-election for the 113th congress.[3]

According to a Washington Post article in December 2012, Kirkpatrick is one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[4] The 1st Congressional District is a battleground in 2014.

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

Biography

Kirkpatrick was brought up on White Mountain Apache Nation reservation, located in eastern Arizona, where she learned to speak Apache in addition to English. Kirkpatrick's parents - her mother taught public school and her father owned a general store - were not of Native-American descent. When she was in elementary school, the future congresswoman campaigned for her uncle, William Bourdon, a former member of the State House.

She has a bachelor's degree (1972) and a law degree (1979) from the University of Arizona. Between undergraduate and law school, Kirkpatrick worked as a teacher. After receiving her J.D., she began her legal career as a deputy county attorney for the Coconino County and Pima County Attorney’s Office, prosecuting largely drug-crimes. In 1990, Kirkpatrick segued into the position of Sedona City Attorney.[5]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Kirkpatrick's academic, professional and political career:[6]

  • 1972: Graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.A.
  • 1979: Graduated from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona with a J.D.
  • 1980: Deputy county attorney, Coconino County, Arizona
  • 2005-2007: Arizona House of Representatives
  • 2009-2011: U.S. Representative from Arizona
  • 2013-Present: U.S. Representative from Arizona

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Kirkpatrick serves on the following committees:[7]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Kirkpatrick's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Kirkpatrick 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.[10]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Kirkpatrick 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.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Kirkpatrick 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.[12]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png 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.[13] 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.[14][15] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Kirkpatrick voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png 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.[16][17] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It included a 1 percent 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. Kirkpatrick joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[16][17]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[19] 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.[20] Kirkpatrick voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

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.[22] 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. Kirkpatrick voted for HR 2775.[23]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No" Kirkpatrick voted against 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. Kirkpatrick was 1 of 144 Democrats who voted against it.[24]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Kirkpatrick 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.[25] The vote largely followed party lines.[26]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Kirkpatrick 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.[27]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Kirkpatrick 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.[28]

Collaboration with Paul Gosar

Kirkpatrick teamed up with her former 2010 campaign rival, Paul Gosar, in order to pass legislation that would allow one of the world's largest undeveloped copper resources to be mined by Resolution Copper Mining Co. The Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act would give 2,400 acres of the Tonto National Forest to the company in exchange for over 5,000 acres of land the company owns throughout the state for conservation.[29]

This is a rare bi-partisan partnership in which two former campaign opponents are both representing their state in the U.S. House and even collaborating to pass a significant bill. Kirkpatrick said the following about the partnership, "We both immediately put aside partisan politics for the needs of the people in the district. We were able to find common ground on something that should never be a partisan issue — jobs." Gosar echoed similar sentiments with his statement, "We were elected to serve our districts, and that demands putting bygones aside. That’s what leadership’s all about. You develop a thick skin. And once all the chips have been played, you make sure you’re working on behalf of Arizona."[29]

Not everyone sees the collaboration as positive. Many environmental groups and American Indian tribes raised concerns about water contamination and the destruction of recreational and religious sites.[29]

Kirkpatrick's collaboration with Gosar worries some Republican strategists, who think that Gosar is giving Kirkpatrick an opportunity to campaign as a bipartisan figure in the 2014 congressional election. Kirkpatrick will badly need some Republican and Independent votes in the election, as she is currently representing one of the most vulnerable districts currently held by a Democrat.[30]

Campaign themes

2012

Kirkpatrick's campaign website listed the following issues:[31]

  • 2nd Amendment
Excerpt: "I am a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment. The NRA has awarded me an "A" rating for my efforts to defend Second Amendment rights."
  • Immigration and Border Security
Excerpt: "Immigration and border security issues are especially urgent here in Arizona, but unfortunately we’ve seen many elected officials and candidates use these issues for their own political gain instead of actually solving the problems."
  • Jobs for Arizona
Excerpt: "It’s all about jobs. We need jobs in Greater Arizona, and we need to get folks back to work. Our middle class has been smashed by the recession and is struggling to keep up with the rising cost of basic living expenses, gasoline, college education, and health care. I am committed to making Greater Arizona home to a revived middle class by making the creation of good-paying local jobs my top priority. "
  • Protecting Medicare and Social Security
Excerpt: "Our seniors worked hard and held jobs their whole lives to earn the benefits that Medicare and Social Security provide. During this economic downturn, seniors are counting on Social Security and Medicare more than ever, and after years of hard work, they deserve the peace of mind these programs provide."
  • Building Critical Infrastructure
Excerpt: "I strongly support creating thousands of good-paying jobs in Greater Arizona and empowering our economic recovery through investments in critical infrastructure projects."

Elections

2014

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See also: Arizona's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Kirkpatrick is seeking re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She faces no opposition in the Democratic primary on August 26, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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

The National Republican Congressional Committee listed Kirkpatrick'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. Kirkpatrick's district ranks as the 6th most Republican (45% D).[34]

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.[35]

2012

See also: Arizona's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Kirkpatrick won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Arizona's 1st District. She defeated Wenona Benally Baldenegro in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. She defeated Jonathan Paton (R) and Kim Allen (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[36][37]

According to the website Daily Kos, this race was one of nine top-ballot 2012 races that contained a Libertarian candidate who received more total votes than was the difference between the Democratic winner and the GOP runner-up. In this case, Kim Allen took in over 6,500 more votes than the number that separated Kirkpatrick and Paton.[38]

U.S. House, Arizona District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAnn Kirkpatrick 48.8% 122,774
     Republican Jonathon Paton 45.1% 113,594
     Libertarian Kim Allen 6.1% 15,227
Total Votes 251,595
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Arizona District 1 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAnn Kirkpatrick 63.7% 33,831
Wenona Benally Baldenegro 36.3% 19,247
Total Votes 53,078

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kirkpatrick is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Kirkpatrick raised a total of $2,349,203 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[41]

Ann Kirkpatrick's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Arizona, District 1) Won $2,349,203
Grand Total Raised $2,349,203

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kirkpatrick's reports.[42]

Ann Kirkpatrick (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2013$7,757.86$314,137.54$(76,999.97)$244,895.43
July Quarterly[44]July 15, 2013$244,895.43$311,893.37$(104,011.45)$452,777.35
October Quarterly[45]October 15, 2013$452,777.35$295,690.75$(95,816.14)$652,651.96
Year-End[46]January 31, 2014$652,651$268,973$(97,465)$824,159
April Quarterly[47]April 15, 2014$824,159$321,881$(109,861)$1,036,178
July Quarterly[48]July 15, 2014$1,036,178$420,640$(157,979)$1,298,839
Pre-Primary[49]August 14, 2014$1,298,839$192,950$(136,320)$1,355,469
October Quarterly[50]October 15, 2014$1,355,469$628,133$(1,163,487)$820,115
Running totals
$2,754,298.66$(1,941,939.56)

2012

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

Kirkpatrick won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Kirkpatrick's campaign committee raised a total of $2,349,203 and spent $2,355,342.[51] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[52]

Cost per vote

Kirkpatrick spent $19.18 per vote received in 2012.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Kirkpatrick is a "centrist Democrat" as of June 4, 2013.[53]

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.[54]

Kirkpatrick most often votes with:

Kirkpatrick least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Kirkpatrick missed 73 of 1,744 roll call votes from January 2009 to March 2013. This amounts to 4.2%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[55]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Kirkpatrick's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $693,015 and $1,645,000. That averages to $1,169,007, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Kirkpatrick ranked as the 190th most wealthy representative in 2012.[56]

Ann Kirkpatrick Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2007$387,645
2012$1,169,007
Growth from 2007 to 2012:202%
Average annual growth:40%[57]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[58]
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.

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Kirkpatrick has voted with the Democratic Party 90.7% of the time. This ranked 172nd among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.[59]

Personal

Kirkpatrick and her husband, Roger, have two children.[60]

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References

  1. The New York Times, "Election brings seasoned politicians to congress," December 8, 2012
  2. The Washington Post, "Political comeback kids to take seats again in the House," November 18, 2012
  3. Politico, "2012 Election Map" November 6, 2012
  4. Washington Post, "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," accessed December 7, 2012
  5. National Journal, "Kirkpatrick, Arizona 1st House District," November 7, 2012
  6. Biographical Director of the United States Congress, "Ann Kirkpatrick," accessed June 11, 2011
  7. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  21. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  27. 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
  28. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Azcentral.com, "Job creation at copper plant credited for Gosar-Kirkpatrick alliance," February 17, 2013
  30. Politico, "Ann Kirkpatrick, Paul Gosar: Congress’s Arizona odd couple," August 19, 2013
  31. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 12, 2012
  32. Washington Post, "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," accessed December 7, 2012
  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
  36. Arizona Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," November 6, 2012
  37. Associated Press, "Primary results," August 28, 2012
  38. Daily Kos, "Libertarians provided the margin for Democrats and at least nine elections," November 15, 2012
  39. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  40. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
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  43. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Kirkpatrick April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Kirkpatrick July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  45. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Kirkpatrick October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  46. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Kirkpatrick Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  47. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Kirkpatrick April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  48. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Kirkpatrick July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  49. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Kirkpatrick Pre-Primary," accessed October 20, 2014
  50. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Kirkpatrick October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  51. Open Secrets, "Ann Kirkpatrick 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 19, 2013
  52. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  53. Gov Track, "Ann Kirkpatrick," accessed June 4, 2013
  54. OpenCongress, "Ann Kirkpatrick," accessed July 30, 2013
  55. GovTrack, "Ann Kirkpatrick," accessed April 2, 2013
  56. OpenSecrets, "Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  57. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  58. 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.
  59. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 4, 2013
  60. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed August 2, 2012
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